People are a lot heavier than they were a generation ago, so boats will have to start carrying fewer people.
The Coast Guard, using figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, figures that the typical passenger now weighs in, with clothing, at 185 pounds. In the 1960s, the last time the Coast Guard increased its average passenger weight, they weighed 25 pounds less. So on Dec. 1, the rule to determine how many passengers ferries and charter boats can carry will be changed to 185 pounds.
Washington State Ferries won’t have to reduce the number of
people its boats carry, however. They have deadweight capacity
other measures) for full passenger complements at the revised average weight and then some, said George Capacci, WSF’s Deputy Chief of Operations and Construction. It relates to the number of personal floating devices, lifesaving systems and evacuation crowd control, Capacci said.