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Old 18-08-2011, 11:33   #16
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

Maybe work out a deal with a shoreside tavern or restaurant to hand out two-for-one or free drink chits to be used on shore?
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Old 18-08-2011, 15:37   #17
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Great suggestion Pat! In fact a tour opp that I may be working with already has cards for a free drink at one of the clubs on the beach. Maybe I can just get a stack of them from him.
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Budweiser?
I agree - it's not beer
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Budweiser?
I was so disappointed to learn that the Maier Brewing Company was out of business, or I would have recommended several classics:
Brew 102
Dodger Beer
Velvet Glow Beer
To my knowledge, no one ever asked for more of these...


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Old 18-08-2011, 16:31   #20
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

You might also want to speak to your insurance company, or at least read your policy to see if there is any specific information in it on this subject, Chris. You wouldn't want to learn after some unfortunate incident that providing alcohol had voided your coverage.

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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

Most people want to eat........You may be better off serving an interesting spread.
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

maybe something along the lines of "Bring your own beverages--I'll supply the ice chest."

(still a good idea, as per TJs suggestion, to check with your insurance carrier.)
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sell them a cup whats in it is free
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Old 18-08-2011, 20:48   #24
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

You also need commercial insurance for doing charters which is much higher. You are not insured for P & I under regular insurance if you are charging money. You also need a Coast Guard issued license for carrying paying passengers.

Other charterers who suspect you are carrying passengers for hire will turn you in if they think you are not legitimate.....they look for recreational boaters doing this all the time. It's pretty easy to spot.
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Old 18-08-2011, 21:29   #25
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

Haven't lawyers ruined it all . What in the world is wrong with limited drinks while a person is on a vacation sail

The US and many others have become nations of boring law abiding slaves.

I do hope you find your loop hole and have much success
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

One of my customers runs a tour boat here in Miami. I'm sure he has a license to sell booze. He makes more money from the booze than he does from the tour tickets. It's pretty common for people to bring a cooler of beer on a fishing charter but I've never heard of a charter captain providing the booze.
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David, All that other stuff is in the works. License application is currently under review, and I've been shopping for commercial insurance.
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Most people want to eat........You may be better off serving an interesting spread.
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

Grunzster, get it direct from the horse's patootie:

Florida
Florida Department of Professional Business Regulations
Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

1940 N. Monroe
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0783
Phone: 850/488-3227
Fax: 850/922-5175
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/abt/index.html

After all, these are the kind of folks who like to lock you up and take all your money if you don't say "Mother may I?". I'd suggest getting a letter not just an opinion on the phone, unless they say "fill out this form you need a license".
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Re: Serving Alcohol Aboard a Charter Boat

And the official answer...I can't.

As of this year, FL is no longer issuing license for boats, and it's illegal to serve alcohol.

Larger tour boats, over a certain size, meeting a minimum number of passengers, are exempt.
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