03-02-2010, 03:43 PM
Do you guys that fish under the charterboat/headboat hms permit have a USCG approved life raft aboard? My understanding is that if you keep a giant and want to sell it you are fishing commercially and therefore required to have a USCG raft on board, however there are many that don't because an approved raft is NOT required for a charterboat! Is there an issue if you get boarded and have a giant on board if your raft is not "approved"? It is crazy that you are not required to have an approved raft UNTIL you catch a fish that you can sell! What are your real life experiences with this? I am trying to figure out which raft to buy!