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CG Captain Required for this operation?
Last Post 24 May 2014 06:28 PM by Bells. 1 Replies.
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24 May 2014 02:41 PM
    Hello I am a scientist who just purchased a boat to support research diving projects. For liability protection, my university wants me to have commercial insurance. I don't mind the extra liability protection, too. So, I started an LLC, bought and registered my boat under the business, and obtained commercial insurance. The boat will largely be used by myself, staff, and students - none of whom are paying passengers. Costs to run the boat are out of my pocket or through grants to pay for gas etc. My question is: do I need a licensed CG Captain to run the boat when my passengers are not paying customers? The boat is a 30 footer with twin outboards, less than 5 metric tons. I understand that if I run the boat with paying customers then I absolutely need a licensed CG Captain at the helm. Diving is conducted under university guidelines that are part of AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences). Thank you. S Miller
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    24 May 2014 06:28 PM
    It would be best to contact a Marine Safety Officer in your area, which a CG Station near you would be able to point you in the direction of who that it. My first instinct is that it would be considered an uninspected passenger vessel. It's kind of out of the league of being a rec boat.

    I really can't say but a Marine inspector would know best what you need
    Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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