One more thing I would like to add, that many people over look is it is not us that determines if it is a charter or not, it is the Judge that is hearing the lawsuit. Don't kid yourself, if some is seriously injured or God forbid drowns you will be in front of a Judge. There are lots of Judges that will rule by what is the most favorable to the victim. Meaning that if can be ruled as charter that keeps more assets in the suit. Your's, the Charity, and any Insurance that might be exposed.
If he finds you were running a charter in addition to being liable for the damages you are a criminal as far as the Federal Government is concerned. As the cfr's calls for any vessel running charters to be registered a Commercial vessel, yes even those that are running only 6 pack charters. If you are running a vessel that is registered as a recreational vessel, this could put you in a serious problem.
Last edited by bubb2; 08-07-2010 at 02:37 PM.