- As with any rule, regulation, or guideline that is written, it’s designed to encapsulate a period of time. Our current boat parameters and guidelines are no different. Time has moved on and so have the product lines the boat manufactures are currently producing. Following is the research gathered by the boating committee. This is not an endorsement from the board, this is research that was gathered by a special committee. Tri-toons are now being allowed on North Lake, they found out that by limiting the horsepower, and restricting them from anything other than pleasure cruising, no skiing or tubing that they weren’t a problem. Boat manufacturers are pushing tri-toons more so these days, due to their stability and higher resale value, they would rather not sell you a regular pontoon because they can’t sell it if you upgrade later. If these new specification are what the majority of you would like to see, then we will use this research as our new guidelines. Keep in mind that at some point we will have to admit that our lake can only handle “so much” due to its size and configuration. I would like to get ahead of this as soon as possible, as we have some new residents that are interested in buying boats and right now we have outdated guidelines. Our current weight limit is 3,200 lbs. These boats would take this to 4,000 lbs. an increase of 800 lbs. (dry weight) before fuel and passengers.
- So look this over and let me know your questions? If you are on board with the research, let me know that too and we’ll proceed from there. Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate.
Middle Island Boat Research
First off thank you very much to the Boating Committee for their tireless efforts at putting this together. The goal of the committee was to look at our existing regulations and guidelines and bring them up to today’s standards of boating specifications.
Fiberglass Hull with Outboard Motor
- Suggest the craft be no greater than 19 feet in length with a maximum 150 horse power outboard motor and a verifiable maximum dry weight of 4000 lbs.
Aluminum Hull with Outboard Motor
Suggest the craft will be no greater than 22 feet in length with a maximum 150 horse power outboard motor and max verifiable dry weight of 4000 lbs.
V Drive Inboard Motor
- Suggest the craft be manufactured in 2010 (*) or newer with an aluminum motor. It will be no greater than 22 feet in length and have a max verifiable dry weight of 4000 lbs.
- (*) In 2010 the boating industry changed how they accounted for the total weight of a boat, this is why the date and specifications are called out.
- On a direct drive you have motor, transmission and then a shaft straight out the back. The motor on a V drive faces the opposite direction. On a V drive there is a V drive unit at the back of the transmission which then connects to the shaft which then makes a V and heads towards the back.
Direct Drive Inboard Motor
- Suggest the craft be no greater than 22 feet in length and have a maximum verifiable dry weight of 4000 lbs.
Pontoons & Tri-toons
- Suggest the craft be no greater than 24 feet in length with a maximum 90 horsepower (*) outboard motor.
- (*) Due to the turning radius, increased weight and limited horsepower, these boats would not be allowed to be used for towing – only social cruising.