Look for USCG Passenger Vessels when hiring a
- Coast Guard Certified vessels are those boats permitted to take on more than
6 passengers for hire. This means any boat
with more than 6 Paying passnegers. Boats limited to
6 passengers are not charter boats but pleasure craft and not
considered passenger vessels.
- USCG Passenger vessels (boats) are regularly inspected by the Coast Guard to ensure all
Safety Equipment and
TRAINING of the Captain and crew are
ensured. Also, the design of the boat itself is maximized for safety and must
pass inspections of the physical vessel. Rigorous tests are done for stability.
- Coast Guard Certified passenger vessels are insured more heavily/thoroughly. The dock
you board a charter boat is also important to be a commercial dock and carry adequate insurance coverage.
- Captain Licenses are not equal, they are issued
like a pilot license. Captains are limited to the
size and type of vessel they are licensed to. The entry version being limited to 6 passngers and
not trained for USCG Certified Passenger vessels.
Licensing required for Passenger Vessels carry a
Masters Captain License, be sure to ask!
More information about Coast Guard Certification ›
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