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Old 06-18-2016, 06:27 AM   #1
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I just got this via email from USCG... obviously, they see this as a problem.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:07 AM   #2
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Friends don't let friends pay the way. You don't ask your barber if you need a haircut. If your taking a group of people out and they hire you, your a charter.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:49 AM   #3
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What does this really mean.

Can I still use my boat to go fishing and my buddies pitch in for the fuel for the fishing trip, which offsets the total cost for me to go fishing.
As a saltwater boat owner, there are extreme costs in maintaining my fishing boat, other than the fuel and oil costs to go fishing.
I'm a one weekend a month angler.

Am I doing anything wrong in the eyes of the law by splitting the fuel cost with friends that go fishing with me?
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If you ask anyone that would benefit from license, inspection or fee, the answer would be yes.
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:44 AM   #6
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Does this mean we all have to go fishing by ourselves unless your a charter.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
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If you ask anyone that would benefit from license, inspection or fee, the answer would be yes.
That's not how read it, the paper even states at the top of the 3rd paragraph:

"While sharing costs of a boat trip is perfectly legitimate and legal, in this hypothetical case, the Captain was required to be credentialed by the Coast Guard."

They set the hypothetical case up as the guy was charging a fee to take people fishing vs sharing costs.
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You need to CAREFULLY read the document again... Here are a few lines from the document.


The sea bass are running and your friend has a friend who can take you and another person fishing for a reasonable fee.


While sharing costs of a boat trip is perfectly legitimate and legal, in this hypothetical case, the Captain was required to be credentialed by the Coast Guard.


What makes these types of services fall under federal requirements as commercial vessel services is whether or not one of the passengers paid a fee for the service provided.
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I know. But if you ask the Coast Guard, they'll think different. Just go fishing and split costs. Who on here has ever gotten a ticket as a "for Hire" capt.? Right no one.
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The reason I own a boat is so that I can have the boat to myself. I never have friends on my boat either fishing or cruising and really have no dog in this fight.

Just bothers me that the charter captains continually try and deceive at every opportunity that they get.
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