Originally Posted by Randy
belizesailor is pretty much where my thoughts are. If you're trying to run a business and I have it just makes no sense to skirt legalities, it'll bite you in the ass.
Excellent post. If you sometimes take some friends out, and have them chip in it is unlikely that you will be "caught", and prosecuted, but if you regularly take out strangers, and charge for it you are a charter
, and eventually the legal
expenses will be greater than the cost of a license.
I am no fan of big government
, and the last guy to recommend paying extra taxes
, but the USCG license requirements are not onerous, or difficult. I recently went through it myself.
It takes a few weeks of classes
, (which provide a good review of things you should already know), a very minimal fee, (compared to other licensed professions), a way for the USCG to hold you accountable for mistakes
that can endanger others lives. And a record
of supply and demand, (you don't have to woory that everybody with something that floats will show up some weekend and under bid you until you go out of business).
You have the knowledge that everybody else doing it for money
has at least a basic familiarity of the rules.
And you can face USCG boardings with confidence that you are in compliance, (I've had several, they all went smoothly, because I was taught the regs, and comply with them). It's not THAT difficult to just do it right.
Get the license if you plan on getting paid to drive a boat. Buy the required safety equipment
, and place them in a labeled locker, (I keep a dated inventory sheet in a waterproof folder with ins. and registration
, license, etc..., they like that).
Most boardings now are quick, (hand over the folder, they thumb through it, and thumbs up, go to the next boat). I don't agree with all of the numerous laws, but if compliance is easy, and mostly for your benefit, just do it.