Originally Posted by Paul Beaurain
For the cg66 they ask for the number of persons on board. Do you put the maximum number rated under the mca coding for your boat ie 8 person, even if generally you are say 4? Either way you could mislead - and it does'nt seem the sort of thing you would update for each journey/weekend trip.
I would, and have done, gone for the maximum number carried stated by either the licence or by the normal maximum that you would carry. AFAIK the number of persons is used as a guide as to the maximum number that the CG could be looking for if something were to happen.
Under your coding requirements (and good practise) someone ashore should be informed of the numbers carried on each trip-we usually call the CG with this info prior to departure as part of the Passage Plan.
You could give your local CG sector office a call as I have always found ours to be very helpful in such queiries.