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Old 12-04-2019, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Requirements and cost of owning a state charter boat?

Toying with the idea of using my boat as a state water charter boat. Looking for a list of requirements and cost for each.
Obviously, operator would have to have a Captain's license.
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Talk to realtor on here. He does it.
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:39 AM   #3
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Saturated market
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Register commercial, captains license, and a license for passenger's to have fishing license, . If fishing or diving for fish. That was years ago when I had mine. Might have changed. Also was for 6 passengers or less.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:15 AM   #5
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I run charters so will try to answer your question. Insurance that covers charters, mine runs about 2k a year. All required safety equipment for your size of boat. State charter permit is 400 bucks. The cost of the captain's license varies but you will have somewhere around 1k by the time you get it all done. You will have to have rod and reels for up to six people to fish at the same time if bottom fishing. Spare rod and reels and lots of tackle. Depending on how many charters you run you will have more frequent maintenance on your boat and motors. Like 100 hr services. You have to have somewhere to pick up clients, if you keep your boat at a convenient marina check and see if they will allow you to run charters out of there. Many of the marinas and places on the water charge you to pick up clients there.

If you are hiring a captain you either hire a really good one, which will be expensive, or you will have to be on top of them almost constantly. No one will take care of your boat the way you do. It seems like it is human nature to only do as little as is required so don't let them get by with anything early on and you can train them to your expectations but you still have to check up on them.

Lastly is the cost of advertising and the sky is the limit there. As has already been stated, it is a very saturated market.
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Captain's course is about $600. Physical at Baptist of Sacred Heart is about $150 with drug test. CPR/first aid class depending on where can be $100. Getting the license through USCG issuance is $45 and evaluation of your paperwork is $100. TWIC card is $130. Then there is insurance mentioned by Bluecape and equipment which you may already have plus a license for charter fishing -four passengers or less is $201 and 5-10 passengers about $400 and a then there is a business license. These are off the cuff estimates from me, but it does take some money to do it and a gosh amount of paperwork. Even with a saturated market, if a captain is good at putting someone on fish and has the personality to make customers come back it can be done.
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The market may be saturated, but for someone who already has the boat, the ability to write off a few years worth of fishing expenses will quickly offset the cost to start the business.
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What the business is over saturated with is people wanting to be called "Captain" and say they have a "Charter Boat" Look at how cool I am....

What the business is in short supply of is, there is simply not enough people that have the true desire to allow people make memories that they will remember for a life time..... You master this, you'll understand the rest and it will all fall into place....
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You also need a high tolerance of assholes.
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You also need a high tolerance of assholes.
Dang! This might just leave me out!
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