Originally Posted by unbusted67
Yes, in USA waters. Looking for verbiage about carrying passengers for hire, operating someone elseís boat for hire, and carrying passengers not for hire, like in the instance of a crew boat for a company.
Passengers for hire is key. If so then you need an appropriate liscence (it triggers additional requirements for the boat as well). There are some grey areas, which may vary by District (like whether sailing students = passengers for hire), but not much latitude. If for hire then lisc is required. Who owns the boat is largely irrelevant.
Operating a boat without passengers for hire, except for some other classes
of commercial service
, does not require a liscence. For example, delivering a yacht w volunteer crew no lisc is required.
Whether you as Captain
are compensated I dont think matters...the arrangement w the passengers is key. And it does not even have to be for cash. Any form of compensation provided by passengers potentially counts.