Originally Posted by haw1961
Your best bet would be to operate as an uninspected passenger vessel. Maximum persons limited to 6. Tough to make it with insurance
, dockage, fuel
, and everything else.
Yes, if you operate as an uninspected vessel it is much easier.
I don't think operating as an inspected vessel would be a practical decision unless you bought a boat with much higher head
count potentential. Inspected has more compliance requirements plus an annual inspection
by the USCG before you can operate.
Insurance is much higher for commercial
use whether inspected vessel or not.
You can run uninspected vessel charters with a limited liscence like OUPV.
Check local and State regulations
too. Not just boat related, but taxes
If the boat is Federally documented be sure you get the right endorsements. NVDC staff is very helpful and will explain to you what is needed.
Jones act waiver is easy, but will take time to complete the process. I did one many years ago and it took a few months (maybe longer in the post 9/11 world). If anyone protests your application then my understanding is that it will denied. Ask the MRAD staff about current
venues where protests are common. When I did mine, they just listed them off for me and suggested I not even bother apply for those places (not sure if AC falls in that category).