Bringing aboard contraband is always a big concern when dealing with guests (charter, business associates, or friends). Obviously I can't do the DHS frisk so my options are somewhat limited.
In all my correspondence with the guests I make it clear the items that are not allowed and if my crew of other guests tell me about them they (the offenders) will be put off the boat in the next port, their entire charter
fee will be forfeit, details will be sent to the charter agency, and as a precaution for my license
, the owners boat, and the crew I will inform Customs and Immigration as to the reason they're being put off the boat.
Guests are required to sign a statement that has few words, big letters, and lists the things that may get them into a third world jail.
When guest come aboard, I hold a safety
meeting prior to leaving the dock
. Again I tell them in plain language the items that are not allowed, and the repercussions if I find out they were being less than forthright and honest with me. I give them a few minutes before we leave the dock
to chat with the captain or present the contraband to a crew member
. If they do that, I say nothing. That is their last chance to indicate their transgression and lack of reading comprehension.
has an identical zero tolerance sheet affixed to the inside of the hanging lockers and inside their guest/vessel guidebook.
The last thing I need is to spend time in a jail, or worse, have my crew spend time in jail, while I fight to prevent the confiscation of the vessel, answer comments generated by the less than honest guests, and an outraged owner.
The latest, at least here in the US, is a Captain being arrested after a gun was indicated to be aboard.