View Full Version : Real Capacity 9 or 12 on 04 209

08-31-2004, 05:50 PM
Will the real people capacity please stand up :)

I have a new 04 209 (no tower, water sking for me only, nothing against boarders, but not for me).

The web site shows the capacity for the boat being 12 (not that I would ever put anywhere near that many in the boat even if they would fit for hauling), but my sticker under the front passenger seat says 9.

I have no balast or such, so should it be 9 or 12?


east tx skier
08-31-2004, 05:59 PM
Realistically? I'd say you might be able to squeeze four people in the back seat, but then again. Two in the bow is usually a stretch, but let's say you could get three up there. Driver, and with the jump seat engaged, two or three in the observer seat. So that's eleven. They must be thinking 4 in the bow. I wouldn't want more than two up there. 3 would be more comfortable in the back, and two in the observer seat.

I think 8 is a realistic number, but not if you're skiing.

08-31-2004, 06:16 PM

If I’m not mistaken (legally) you have to go by what is posted on the capacity plate in the boat.

tall_ andy
08-31-2004, 07:03 PM
I agree with Mark. Whatever the number on the placard that is the legal # of people allowed.

08-31-2004, 07:54 PM
Odd :confused:
My 2003 ProStar 209 coast guard plate under the passenger seat says 12.

08-31-2004, 08:09 PM

Sounds like you got a bad plate??

08-31-2004, 08:18 PM
I've found that if you add up all the weigh that usually doesn't allow for even the capacity number unless most of them are small children and little adults.

08-31-2004, 09:15 PM
Capacity of a boat is ALWAYS either the numbers of passengers including captain OR a weight capacity wichever is reach first!
I guess is someone is putting 1500 pounds of ballast(or even more) in a boat ,that would left not much room for friends!

08-31-2004, 09:54 PM
Andre, you know someone who has a mother-in-law that is 1500 lbs?? :eek:

08-31-2004, 09:59 PM

Not mine. She's 91 years old and weighs the same. Loves to go in the boat.

08-31-2004, 10:01 PM
Real capacity is 12 people or 1705 pounds. You have the wrong capacity plate.

08-31-2004, 11:50 PM
Real capacity is 12 people or 1705 pounds. You have the wrong capacity plate.
That's what my tag says on my 209.

09-01-2004, 09:06 AM

Sounds like you got a bad plate??I think I would call MC for clarification or your dealer. I think they need to send your dealer a new/correct one to install.

east tx skier
09-01-2004, 10:50 AM
Let us know if you can cram 12 people in your boat.

09-01-2004, 11:46 AM
Weight capacity also includes gear. Jackets, some skies, boards, coolers, and all the other goodies can easily add up to a few hundred pounds. I'm assuming it does not include fuel, but I'm not sure - can anyone confirm.

09-01-2004, 12:14 PM
Doug, If you cram 12 people in a 209 it becomes a hot tub. Turn on the heater, blower and bilge pump and it becomes a jacuzzi. :headbang:

09-01-2004, 12:21 PM
Can someone else that has a 2004 209 comment.

For some reason I think it was reduced to 9. The few 04 209s I look at were all rated a 9 but the 02 and 03 I looked at were rated at 12 :confused: .

09-02-2004, 01:45 PM
For some reason (besides being foolish to try and put 12 in the boat), they reduced it to 9 in 04. The plate is correct, the web site was incorrect. It is still incorrect (12 PEOPLE / 1705 LBS / 773.38 KG). The brochure shows 9 for both 04 and 05. I had my service manager call them (anyone know of a number to call MC directly with support questions? I couldn't find one).


09-02-2004, 02:59 PM
OK, I stand corrected. I was looking at the info on an '03...

09-02-2004, 05:24 PM

Seems like a "convenient" oversight on MC's part to not correct the decrease in capacity on the website.

09-06-2004, 10:27 PM
Well I know it's at least nine after this week-end :D