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Re: Limits of Captains authority

Originally Posted by Yamsailor View Post
Can I assume this discussion is relating only to recreational sailboats and not when there is a Licensed Captain in charge?
A "licensed" captain means nothing. The 'legality' to wear a funny little hat after you get a captains 'license' occurs in only one country, as far as I know: the USA.

As Sabreman said:
Unless crew are in the military or employed by the ship with the captain as the supervisor, then in all other cases, "crew" are guests of the vessel. As such, the "captain" can't make them do anything. He can ask, plead, cajole or anything else, but the guests are free to do as they please.

The captain title is a courtesy but my legal authority is limited. While I am responsible for my guests safety, I can't make them do anything.
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