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Old 04-22-2008
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Charity Sailing Event

Ever feel like giving back to the community? My wife and I decided we would offer up our boat for a "day on the SF Bay," that would be auctioned off at our child's (public) elementary school annual auction event. Turns out the winning bid was $3400.

My next effort will be to raise money for the LAM foundation for my Baja Ha Ha '08 "syndicate." My sister-n-law is affected by this rare and unknown disease, so who knows, maybe I can bring some awareness to the cause.

Point being, try offering up your vessel to raise money for charity.
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So how did you get over the legal hurtles? Regards to insurance and the likes
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So how did you get over the legal hurtles? Regards to insurance and the likes
As long as you have insurance, it shouldn't be a problem. You are not carrying passengers for hire.
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I don't want to be a stick in the mud, but this most certainly a charter. The people you will be taking sailing paid $3,400 to go sailing for the day. It does not mater that the funds go to a Charity. Check with your boat insurance and check with the Charity if they have coverage that could cover you for this.
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This type of thing goes on daily, well maybe not daily, but often enough, that a local day sail like this should not be an issue. I did the same thing in my boat, but an evening sail watching the local july 4 fireworks. It is also not like one HAS to go out on a particular day if the weather is going to be stormy etc. As long as one is being reasonable in how they operate, one should have a good day........but then, being as I was refered to as Gilligan one time in a farce talk about some folks, maybe I should not talk.

Glad to know you raised a bunch of money for the school!

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In my opinion this is not a charter. A charter requires that the boat and/or captain be compensated for services rendered and/or use of the boat. In this case the owner is taking guests of a third-party out for a trip or allowing “friends” to use his boat. In the event that Vitesse473 won’t have command of the boat he only needs to add the name of the “friends” as a one day user. Remember that the third party received compensation, not the owner. This practice is common and quite legal.
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I actually will be on board for the event as the captain, and no, I am not receiving any compensation (save for a day on the bay). My insurance company (USAA) says my limit is 8 passengers, and as long as I keep it under 20kts and within 200 miles of shore, I am fully covered.

btw, damn tort lawyers. Here I am raising money for our school and the subject goes straight to this crap.
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btw, damn tort lawyers. Here I am raising money for our school and the subject goes straight to this crap.
Agree 100%.
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I actually will be on board for the event as the captain, and no, I am not receiving any compensation (save for a day on the bay). My insurance company (USAA) says my limit is 8 passengers, and as long as I keep it under 20kts and within 200 miles of shore, I am fully covered.

btw, damn tort lawyers. Here I am raising money for our school and the subject goes straight to this crap.
I couldn't agree more!

BTW- Was that 20kts boat speed???

You gotta love USAA. I use them for my personal and business bank accounts, insurance, mortgage, car loans, etc...
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Better that the subject get covered properly than you find yourself without insurance and something happen. Lawyers have their place.... IMHO, it's 200 feet under the bay with concrete shoes on, but that's just me.
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