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Old 26 January 2013, 03:52   #1
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Coding required?

Does a boat need to be coded if only I operate it and no one will ever be on the boat. More info thinking of doing marine photograph. ie commissioned to take photos?

I have seen some of the large companies who cover sailing events and there boats aren't coded (not at the time don't want to upset anyone).

No opinions on operating single handed please
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Old 26 January 2013, 04:06   #2
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It would be a difficult one for the MCA to argue as you're on your own with no fares on board, they would say that you were earning money from your boat but there is no guarantee that that would be the case, my opinion in this case would be get your camera and start clicking and bugger them
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Old 26 January 2013, 06:49   #3
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The majority, if not all of the Cowes photographers are un-coded. I personally wouldn't worry about it.
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Cheers guys,

Would have flares and most of the coding equipment probably not 2 anchors. but no liferaft (Hard enough turning on e over in a still pool never mind in something that has flipd a rib).

Ok will look into this further.

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Old 26 January 2013, 08:50   #5
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The majority, if not all of the Cowes photographers are un-coded. I personally wouldn't worry about it.
But they are probably operating in categorised waters. My understanding is: No need for coding/licensing in Categorised waters unless carrying paying passengers (then need one or other). Operating outside categorised waters then needs coded if being used commercially.

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It would be a difficult one for the MCA to argue as you're on your own with no fares on board, they would say that you were earning money from your boat but there is no guarantee that that would be the case, my opinion in this case would be get your camera and start clicking and bugger them
As usual Biffer has a pragmatic solution. There is clearly a grey area: lets say I go on my boat I happen to take a picture and I sell it, nobody would really suggest I should be coded. Now if my professional photographer mate offers me 400 to drive him round for the day so he can take pics, almost everyone would agree it should be coded (at least outside categorised waters). But somewhere in the middle there is - you go out and intentionally take lots of pics with the purpose of selling them OR someone pays you upfront to go and take lots of pics of their boat/race. If you are developing a serious business around it though - you may be best to get official answer from MCA or just code to avoid the inconvenience / hassle.
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phone Mr.Beken on the iow,im sure he will know
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Belem definitely not coded have you seen him out amongst the boats
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takes a nice pic though
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Agreed
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phone Mr.Beken on the iow,im sure he will know
Also he is using the company or owned boat and takes images himself. If he was to employ another boat then we would expect the other boat to be coded with qualified helm
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