Hey you guys, two questions that are probably pretty basic.
In regards to rated horsepower capacity: does local law enforcement in AK (e.g. State & Wildlife Troopers, Park and Forest Service, USFWS, USCG, etc.) pay much attention to the horsepower of the outboard on your boat as compared tot he data plate? I've run "overpowered" outboards for years in FL and never had an issue (although I keep hearing that it's actually illegal to do that-I don't know.) Wonder what the punishment is for running an o/b larger than the data plate calls for.
In regards to boat ID and aforementioned data plate. The Grumman Sport Boat I bought last sumer had no official data plate...until I removed the rotting wood from both sides of the stern this evening. Guess what I found? Data plate. When I replace the wood, the data plate will be fully concealed again. Is it legal or acceptable practice to relocate that data plate to another part of the boat, or is required to be left as installed? (ORRRRR, given my aforementioned concern on horsepower, should I just put new wood over it and pretend this discussion never happened?