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Old 18-03-2015, 12:00   #16
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Re: What legal liability does an authorized skipper have if they are not the owner?

A signed bill of sale would would help. I donated a car and signed the title had a bill of sale stating date and where is how is. Several months later I got a towing and storage bill from the next town after it had been impounded for being abandoned. I produced the recept showing I didn't own it and all was good.
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Old 18-03-2015, 12:19   #17
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@ JeffBurright

Hi Jeff, I presume if you're still "technically" the owner you're still "TECHNICALLY" liable for anything occurring with your vessel.

Additionally,I add that if/when ownership transferred,under many circumstances a previous owner may be found liable for new owners' damages/liabilities !
Cross your Ts and dot your I s !!! Don't be lazy do the research needed for correct contractual documentation.


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Old 18-03-2015, 12:23   #18
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Fair point, but I was always fond of the one that goes, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

I'd say that a little faith never hurt anybody, but then again . . .

It's the, "but then again." that could put you in the poor house in this situation. I own a piece of business property. Gave the business to my son and get no rent. He will have to wait till I die because of taxes. I still carry 1 M in insurance, in addition to what he keeps, just so I'm not in the poor house and he gets nothing. The buyer could be a great guy and sink someone's mega yacht. I doubt they wouldn't come after you and maybe rightfully so, legally.
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Old 18-03-2015, 14:22   #19
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Re: What legal liability does an authorized skipper have if they are not the owner?

And as the owner of a "vehicle" if you are in a "vicarious liability" state, you're still screwed.


The OP really needs to check out his STATE laws with a competent attorney.


Fifty states, eleven insular possessions, one District of Columbia. 62 separate sets of laws, to start with, in the US alone. Sometimes changing twice every year, as new ones go into effect.
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And as the owner of a "vehicle" if you are in a "vicarious liability" state, you're still screwed.


The OP really needs to check out his STATE laws with a competent attorney.


Fifty states, eleven insular possessions, one District of Columbia. 62 separate sets of laws, to start with, in the US alone. Sometimes changing twice every year, as new ones go into effect.
I must have missed the part where he said he was American or in a state.

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I must have missed the part where he said he was American or in a state.

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It just sounds like the OP wants to be a nice guy. However, his being a nice guy may not be the best thing to do as far as liability.

I think he worked it out.
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"We are Jeff and Harmony, a couple of Pacific Northwestern homebodies"
From the OP's blog, which also happens to be on a .us domain name. Yeah, you missed that. Plus his name sounds Colonial, and his writing sounds like American English not British, Ozzie, Kiwi, or South African.
And vicarious liability laws aren't just a US concern, I'm sure. You can still be caught up in them in other jurisdictions.
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.us blog, sounds reasonable.

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Re: What legal liability does an authorized skipper have if they are not the owner?

Regulators (Coast Guard, etc.) go after operators for violations, licensed or not. Injured people or damaged property go after both operators and owners and any other deep pocket standing around. If you have a deep pocket and/or good insurance you will be sued.
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Re: What legal liability does an authorized skipper have if they are not the owner?

Respectfully, this is a maritime law circumstance, and the rules relate to either coastal sovereign waters(and their rules) or international ones.

The question is not specific enough to be answered.




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Re: What legal liability does an authorized skipper have if they are not the owner?

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Hi all,
I am interested in understanding better the legal risks of naming a non-owner as the authorized skipper/captain of a vessel in the owner's absence. Does the skipper assume full liability for the boat and its operation, or are some risks still attached to the owner?
Thanks!
I'm not a legal, but my understanding is the owner never gets out of liability, most anywhere, land water etc. Especially if the owner is the deeper pocket.
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