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Old 12-01-2012
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Re: Host a Scientific Expedition!

Aren't you allowed to share expenses with others on your boat? So as long as the money given is just going to expenses incurred along the trip. I thought that's how it was now in the U.S., or are the people sharing expenses for fishing trips really breaking the law but it's not being enforced?[/QUOTE]

On a US boat in US waters, by law, enforced or not, you may not accept ANY compensation from friends or others for a boat trip. Not even a beer. Nothing, no sharing fuel costs, nothing. If you do, you are "chartering" in the eyes of the Coast Guard and you must have the appropriate license and type 1 life jackets, life ring, etc. for "chartering". I've not operated an uninspected passenger vessel in years so there may be other requirements, now. There are loopholes in these laws but you'll need an attorney to get the straight skinny.
Not a big deal unless there is a collision or injury significant enough to involve the CG. Then a severe prison sentence and loss of your boat are a distinct possibility. Also, a local legal charter captain may turn you in if he thinks you are taking business from him.

Last edited by capta; 12-01-2012 at 09:09 PM.
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