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Is this Illegal?

I have a friend that owns some rifles and handguns legally. I told him I would take him sailing one day and he said he would take me shooting one day. Well next week could be a good day for sailing and I just wondered if and if so what degree of illegal it would be to sail out 10 miles and shoot skeets?
He posed the idea of a combination day and to tell you the truth sailing out on my boat and popping rounds at skeets towards Bermuda all day does have some appeal.
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I hope your friend has at least one shotgun, if you'll be shooting skeet.

I doubt it's illegal, but don't take my word for it.

I think shooting skeet off a boat is fine in principle, but the larger the boat the safer the event. My personal opinion is that it would not be safe for a novice shooter to fire a firearm from any boat that requires a periodic handhold to avoid losing one's footing.
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If it's fun it's probably illegal.
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I hope your friend has at least one shotgun, if you'll be shooting skeet.

I doubt it's illegal, but don't take my word for it.

I think shooting skeet off a boat is fine in principle, but the larger the boat the safer the event. My personal opinion is that it would not be safe for a novice shooter to fire a firearm from any boat that requires a periodic handhold to avoid losing one's footing.
I would agree with that. However I should make not I am a former marine infantryman and he has told me he grew up hunting and shooting guns though he has never been on a sailboat. I suppose my biggest worry would him be falling off the boat from looking up to shoot and not having any sea legs.
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I am a former marine infantryman...
In that case see if you can get ahold of some arty simulators as well.
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Re: Is this Illegal?

Guessing that it's legal 10 miles offshore in Florida as we shoot
trap all winter long off local YC dock here on Long Island minutes from NYC border.
Technically I guess you would be trap shooting vs skeet from a boat
and you would want to be using steel shot vs. lead especially if you
you were paid a "courtesy" call by the coasties.
But have a suggestion, specially if its a first for shooting/sailing respectively for you and your friend.
If it's a good day for sailing...go sailing! and if not a good day to sail
go to a range/course and do some trap/skeet shooting.
As a good day to sail will almost certainly not be a good day to
start trap shooting. Just thinkin.
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I would agree with that. However I should make not I am a former marine infantryman and he has told me he grew up hunting and shooting guns though he has never been on a sailboat. I suppose my biggest worry would him be falling off the boat from looking up to shoot and not having any sea legs.
Your biggest worry should be having your buddy blow
away your backstay as he is falling off the boat!

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marines, I've earned the right to bust chops!)
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Re: Is this Illegal?

If there is any sea running shooting trap and/or skeet probably will be dismal. If the water is still/flat enough for shooting, the sailing wont be any good.

Legality is based on the very same rules that apply to carrying firearms in land vehicles; and, Florida seems quite sane about it; although as in most other venues, a concealed carry permit is the best to have. Florida Carry Laws
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Re: Is this Illegal?

Remember those guys who were able to get aerial pictures of their boat with a spinnaker up by launching a kite with a video camera. We all thought it was pretty good seamanship to sail the boat, launch a spinnaker and kite with a camera all at the same time.
Now if you guys can do him one better and add trap shooting, that would be some cool footage.

It sounds like trying to eat a hamburger, watch the game and make love all at the same time. While you may really enjoy all of the activities trying them all together may get the mustard someplace inappropriate.
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