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Old 29-06-2005, 22:55   #1
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Question Permit to Charter in the Bahamas ?

Does anyone know how to go about getting a permit to provide charters in the Bahamas aboard a US Documented Vessel with a USCG licensed Master?

We are planning to do some chartering to help defray the cost of boat ownership, and need to figure this out.

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Old 30-06-2005, 00:41   #2
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The Government of The Bahamas http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/

Ministry of Tourism Tel: 242 - 322-7500 ~ Fax: 242 - 328-0945
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Website: www.bahamas.com
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Ministry of Transport and Aviation Tel: 242 - 394-0445-6 ~ Fax: 242 - 394-5920
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Old 30-06-2005, 01:30   #3
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Sean,

Many cruisers think that they'll be able to charter in various locations to help them replenish the cruising kitty. The reality is that it is very diificult to do. Work permits, duty on the vessel, licenses,etc., etc. You'll need an agent to book the charters, business insurance, communications, a base. It goes on forever. Very few cuisers are successful at this. This might sound a bit negative but it's the real world. You might be able to cruise without supplementing the kitty by chartering. You'll find that you don't really need that much money once you set off.
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Bahamas Chartering:
As I recall*, foreign boats could accept charters from foreign guests, provided they paid a small fee. The fee may have been about $300 / year. You were limited to customers arriving directly from outside the country, and werenít permitted to solicit charters in The Bahamas. I donít recall which Ministry collected the fee & issued the permit.
Generally speaking, Vasco (Rick I) is right - itís difficult to charter in foreign jurisdictions.
* Please remember that Iím old & feeble-minded, and details seem to escape me.
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Old 30-06-2005, 14:35   #5
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Right again, Gord! :)

Gord,

You are 100% correct regarding chartering in foreign countries. I did a lot of research last night (your link proved very helpful!).

As it turns out, I will need to register the boat in the Bahamas, as well as possibly get another Master's license in the Bahamas as well. This will have a cost, but such is the cost of doing business.

I also read that it used to be quite expensive and difficult to chater in the Bahamas, but now it's a lot more simple and less expensive. I think it should be pretty simple, and a lot of people are doing it.

You are also correct regarding the charter customers. They can ONLY be non-Bahamian nationals and there is absolutely no soliciting for chater work inside the Bahamas.
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Thanks, Rick.

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Sean,

Many cruisers think that they'll be able to charter in various locations to help them replenish the cruising kitty. The reality is that it is very diificult to do. Work permits, duty on the vessel, licenses,etc., etc. You'll need an agent to book the charters, business insurance, communications, a base. It goes on forever. Very few cuisers are successful at this. This might sound a bit negative but it's the real world. You might be able to cruise without supplementing the kitty by chartering. You'll find that you don't really need that much money once you set off.
Rick,

Thanks for the concern. I sincerely appreciate the input. Unfortunately, we wouldn't be going cruising at all if it were not for us doing charters. It is how we are paying for the boat, so it is our full time job. Yes, we do need to pay quite a bit for permits and to register the boat to chater, but I ran a pretty successful company in NYC before it was destroyed in 9/11. (Hence, no funds to buy the boat in the first place - lost everything)

The wife and I are decent at marketing.
We won't be using any chater brokers. I'm pretty confident we'll be able to "sell out" the charter slots very quickly. We have quite a niche I haven't shared with this board since I don't want it to be public knowledge until after the marketing gets out. If all goes well, maybe you'll see it in the media.

We will be chartering full time - summers in Maine and winters in the Bahamas or US Virgin Islands. We have little choice as this business is what will pay for the boat we just bought on credit.

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Re: Permit to Charter in the Bahamas ?

Sean- I am starting to try to go down this path as well.

The 'Registering a foreign charter' page was very helpful. Any other advice/details from recently going through the process and your research?

Did you determine whether an additional Bahamian Master's license is required on top of USCG (currently have 6-pack)?

Thanks much!
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