I don't know about the rules in Canada - but I thought that he stays firmly in the shared costs arena, which would make it a non-commercial trip (by my naive understanding of US rules). It is obviously different than a more standard arrangement of captains picking up all on board costs, but I would think still firmly non-commercial. Not much different than some buddies planning a trip together, except they don't know each other yet.
Am I wrong?
Originally Posted by Halberdier
We equally share the costs of food, fuel for the engine, cooking and heating, engine oil, filters and marina fees. Fuel is $0, if we sail all day, or $24 to $50 if we motor all day ($8 - $16 each if three of us). Fuel and food costs more the further North we go. We will buy as much as we can carry down South, Marinas charge from $5 to $75 per night. The boat and any repairs, unless you do something you were told not to do and break a part, are paid for by the captain. Allow up to $150 each for navigation charts and books we need for the trip.