It is important not to overload the boat beyond the maximum load indicated on the compliance notice. Overloading your boat with people, equipment, or both, is dangerous. Your boat’s safety on the water depends on how much you put on the boat and where you place it. Too much weight will make your boat unstable and allow small waves to come on board. This will also reduce the amount of roll your boat can take before its sides dip under water. The heavier the weight carried on board, the more your boat is likely to roll, making it harder for it to stabilize.
As the driver, you must respect the recommended maximum safe limits shown on the Transport Canada compliance notice. But remember, these limits apply only in good weather and it is assumed that the weight is evenly distributed on board, so you should use good judgment when conditions are less than perfect.
Passengers should be seated so that the weight is evenly distributed in the boat.
The supplies should be stored as low as possible with weight well distributed. Secure the equipment to the boat to keep it from shifting, and rendering it unstable.