Re: "Paying" friends wanting to go on the boat.
there are many ways around laws dealing with this -- UNTIL -- someone gets hurt, overboard etc. suddenly your friend is no longer a "yeah dude it's all cool" kind of person. You have no legal way to ensure they won't sue you for liable (their first statement being "she was operating illegally as a captain") because than they would have proof you were paid and on and on.
a lot of laws I'm willing to bend but not one where I have to count on others to remain on my side. It never works out.
are there other options, sell a share of the boat?