Originally Posted by Dunc
As far as I am aware it is a coding requirement for paying passengers on a rib to wear lifejackets. The reason that passengers on fishing trip/traditional coastal cruising boats don't have to wear them is because those boats have rails all round to a specified height, which for those type of boats is a coding requirement.
This is not correct. The Practice for Small Vessels Coding (SCV) directs that a lifejacket is carried aboard for every passenger, it does not stipulate that the lifejacket has to be worn.
However, most "seafari" type operators prudently require all passengers to wear lifejackets aboard at all times. We would never carry any passenger that was not wearing one, even for a short, no thrills ride across the marina!