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Old 05-12-2008, 02:24   #1
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Licensing Question

I'm looking at purchasing a Herreshoff Schooner the dimensions are 75 foot LOA 63 foot LOD 60 LWL, I'm not planning on chartering it or conducting any commercial operations with the yacht, it would be a liveaboard/cruiser. However a friend recently told me that anything above 65 LOA required a Captains License, regardless of whether or not it is used in commercial operations... is this true?

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Old 05-12-2008, 03:46   #2
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Never heard that one. The USCG License is strictly commercial. If you aren't commercial, you don't need a license. Call up the Coast Guard and ask them. I think your friend is wrong.
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However a friend recently told me that anything above 65 LOA required a Captains License, regardless of whether or not it is used in commercial operations... is this true?
Nope not true. A USCG license is for commercial activities at sea in US waters. They really don't care to regulate receational operators unless you become "for hire". There are only a few safety eqipment differences for a boat that large compared to those smaller.
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Roger that and thank you, that was my understanding at all times, I'm aware of the equipment differences, but this licensing issue would have become a little bit of a pain.
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I think there might be a requirement for a licensed captain on vessels over 300 tons, I know that in SF Bay over 300ton you must have a pilot onboard (required for the Maltese falcon)
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LOL, yeah I wish I was talking about the Maltese Falcon, but I'm not, we're talking about a 75 foot Herreshoff.
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LOL, yeah I wish I was talking about the Maltese Falcon
No license required either but you would a bit foolish to think you could handle it without experienced crew.
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