If the officer feels I am operating the boat in an unsafe manor then he can issue a ticket. Won't have anything to do with the capacity plate though that plate is a suggestion for boats over 20 feet. Here is a summary of the law.<P class=Reminder><U>MAXIMUM LOADING AND HORSEPOWER</U><P class=style4>No person may operate a monohull boat of less than 20 feet in length while exceeding the maximum weight, persons, or horsepower capacity as displayed on the manufacturer's capacity plate.<P class=style4>here is my source http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/statelaws/Florida.html<P class=style4>sosmarine (10/24/2007)You can have a dozen PFD's, but if the Coast Guard plate says 8 persons, then 8 is all you can legally have. Anything over, and LE can give you a ticket. And trust me, most of them know what the capacity of the popular models are.