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Old 10-15-2013
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Re: "Paying" friends wanting to go on the boat.


The law on this is a little unclear since the have been relatively few cases dealing with is since the USCG published a clarification a few years ago. However the simple answer is that if someone contributes a pro rata share towards the cost of the trip, it does not count as commercial operation. In other words, a guest can pay their share of the cost of fuel, provisions, slippage (if while on the trip you stay at a marina), ect. However the moment a dime more than this is handed to the skipper, it becomes a commercial undertaking , and you need a OUPV license, and commercial insurance.

Note that this should not be taken as legal advice, and there is no attorney client relationship formed by this response.
Greg Rubin

Last edited by Stumble; 10-15-2013 at 09:09 PM.
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