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Old 07-27-2007, 04:26 PM
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I've looked through the USCG's web site and I can only find regulations for recreational boats. I am looking for equipment requirements for a commercial charter boat, ie; life rafts and such. Any help would be appreciated.

I have also thought that this may be a "State specific thing", I am in NC if anyone knows.
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:33 PM
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there is a difference between, uninspected passenger vessel (6 pass or less), passenger vessel (more than 6 pass) and commercial and a different set of rules for each. I will try to look for it. Off the top of my head, I know that a 6 pack is very similar to recreational withe the exception of type I PFDs with whistle, strobe and reflective tape. There are other differences, but its been a while so I will try to find them.
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http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/w...6cfrv1_02.html
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Hey Makosteve,

It is the 6 passenger or less that I am looking for. Thanks.
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From the above site - tedious to through but all of the requirements can be found in 46CFR - sections 1 though 40

Title 46--Shipping

CHAPTER I--COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

PART 25--REQUIREMENTS

TEXT PDF 25.01-1 Applicable to all vessels.
TEXT PDF 25.01-3 Incorporation by reference.
TEXT PDF 25.01-3 Incorporation by reference.
TEXT PDF 25.01-5 OMB control numbers assigned pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
TEXT PDF 25.10-1 Applicability.
TEXT PDF 25.10-2 Definitions.
TEXT PDF 25.10-3 Navigation light certification requirements.
TEXT PDF 25.25-1 Application.
TEXT PDF 25.25-3 Definitions.
TEXT PDF 25.25-5 Life preservers and other lifesaving equipment required.
TEXT PDF 25.25-7 Marking.
TEXT PDF 25.25-9 Storage.
TEXT PDF 25.25-11 Condition.
TEXT PDF 25.25-13 Personal flotation device lights.
TEXT PDF 25.25-15 Retroreflective material for personal flotation devices.
TEXT PDF 25.25-17 Survival craft requirements for uninspected passenger vessels of at least 100 gross tons.
TEXT PDF 25.25-19 Visual distress signals.
TEXT PDF 25.26-1 Definitions.
TEXT PDF 25.26-5 Commercial fishing industry vessels.
TEXT PDF 25.26-10 EPIRB requirements for uninspected passenger vessels.
TEXT PDF 25.26-20 Other manned uninspected commercial vessels.
TEXT PDF 25.26-50 Servicing of EPIRBs.
TEXT PDF 25.26-60 Exemptions.
TEXT PDF 25.30-1 Application.
TEXT PDF 25.30-5 General provisions.
TEXT PDF 25.30-10 Hand portable fire extinguishers and semiportable fire extinguishing systems.
TEXT PDF 25.30-15 Fixed fire extinguishing systems.
TEXT PDF 25.30-20 Fire extinguishing equipment required.
TEXT PDF 25.30-90 Vessels contracted for prior to November 19, 1952.
TEXT PDF 25.35-1 Requirements.
TEXT PDF 25.40-1 Tanks and engine spaces.
TEXT PDF 25.45-1 Heating and lighting systems on vessels carrying passengers for hire.
TEXT PDF 25.45-2 Cooking systems on vessels carrying passengers for hire.
TEXT PDF 25.50-1 Criteria.

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Type 1 pfd's, sound producing device, fire extinguisher, flares, and medical kit are a must I believe. Then anything else you feel you may need. A couple jugs of fresh water is always pretty good. A raft would be great and might be a necessity if you are fishing offshore, I do not run offshore so I have what is listed in the first sentence. Hope this helps...Captain Rob
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They added a nice new one recently: an alcohol testing kit. One for the capt and one for the deck hand. In case of an accident at sea, the tests are to be self administered wihtin two hours of the accident.

www.charterboatdrugtest.com



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You'll need to conspicuously post an emergency checklist for passengers/crew, of what to do in an emergency, and also placards of a certain min size (4 or 5 by 8"?) for "Oil Discharge Prohibited", and a great big placard about discharge of garbage being prohibited. There is specific wording that the CG wants on these placards, and that can be found on their web-site. (if you can ever figure out hpw to navigate it; that takes a Master's License in itself!).

You'll need to document a head count for each trip (both before departure and after return), in some sort of a logbook, to be shown to C.G on request. You will need a copy in the Inland Rules (CFR 88.05) on board at all times, the Type 1 PFD for each person on board, with whistles & lights as mentioned above, a throwable life RING at least 20" in diameter, flares, including, I think, a parachute flare, and I believe you need 2 type B fire extinguishers.

If your boat has a head, you have to meet certain MSD requirements, and there have to be placards with warnings, instructions on it's use, etc.

You should call the C.G. to request an U.P.V. safety inspection when you think you've got it together. They will send 2 officers out by appointment, and will go over your boat from anchor to propeller. You'll be surprised what they can find, but when you pass, they will affix a U.P.V. placard to your boat.
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:04 AM
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Best bet is to contact the Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator at Sector North Carolina in Morehead City at (252) 247-4562. You want a copy of a publication produced by the Fifth Coast Guard District titled "U.S. Coast Guard Requirements for Uniinspected Passenger Vessels of less than 100 G.T. and carrying six or less passengers" If you cannot contact You can contact Mr. Bob Garrott at the District 5 (Portsmouth VA) at (757) 398-6554.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:22 PM
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I was looking for the same information. I'm in Alaska and having a hard time finding a simple list of what I need.


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I've looked through the USCG's web site and I can only find regulations for recreational boats. I am looking for equipment requirements for a commercial charter boat, ie; life rafts and such. Any help would be appreciated.

I have also thought that this may be a "State specific thing", I am in NC if anyone knows.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:39 PM
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I run a charter boat and this is the checklist I use. It covers everything and you don't have to read through the legal crap the lawyers write. This form breaks it down.

http://msep.d11nuscgaux.info/docs/UP...FormJuly07.pdf

http://www.seatechmarinetraining.com/docs/checklist.pdf
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I was told by USCG inspector that any charter boat over 26 ft, and wider than an 8ft beam must be documented. He said this was the first year for this.They would not put a sticker on it.

That is an inland license. I don't know about off shore.
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I think he was incorrect. Here is the reg. I don't think charter boats engaged in recreational sport fishing for hire are included in "fisheries". Even if this were true it would still not apply to vessels under 5 tons.

67.7 Vessels requiring documentation.
Any vessel of at least five net tons
which engages in the fisheries on the
navigable waters of the United States
or in the Exclusive Economic Zone,
Great Lakes trade, or coastwise trade,
unless exempt under 67.9(c), must
have a Certificate of Documentation
bearing a valid endorsement appropriate
for the activity in which engaged.
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Call Sea School. 1 800 "best one"
Ask for Capt. Bob Arnold.
He keeps up on the latest regulations.
It probably goes without saying, however, a licensed capt mustbe aboard.
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