Please post a pic of the capacity plate. I'm guess that based on the USCG formula the plate is fraudulent. A 12' boat with a 3' beam would have a capacity of 5hp. See below.

In reference to the remote control of the motor. Based on your none existent budget you can't afford it. You need a control box which controls shifting and throttle as well as a steering box and cable. You're looking at $300 for just the steering and another $250 for the box. Then you have to have cables.

(a) The maximum horsepower capacity must be computed as follows:

(1) Compute a factor by multiplying the

boat length in feet by the maximum

transom width in feet excluding handles and other similar fittings, attachments, and extensions. If the

boat does not have a

full transom, the

transom width is the broadest

beam in the aftermost quarter

length of the

boat.

(2) Locate horsepower capacity corresponding to the factor in Table 183.53.

(3) For a

boat with a factor over 52.5, if the horsepower capacity calculated in Table 183.53 is not an exact multiple of 5, it may be raised to the next exact multiple of 5.

(4) For flat bottom hard chine

boats with a factor of 52 or less, the horsepower capacity must be reduced by one horsepower capacity increment in Table 183.53.

Table 183.53—Outboard Boat Horsepower Capacity

[Compute: Factor = Boat Length × Transom Width]

If factor (nearest integer) is | 0–35 | 36–39 | 40–42 | 43–45 | 46–52 |
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Horsepower Capacity is | 3 | 5 | 7.5 | 10 | 15 |
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