Originally Posted by nikster
However as with all legal requirements there are loopholes and grey areas..... should the skipper be commercial endorsed........most definately yes with no exception.... should the boat comply with coding requirements............mmmmmmmmm - you could lease the vessel for the day thereby exempt you from all requirements as it is then a private boat......
... that must be coded by the owner for bare boat charter and skippered by commercial endorsed person if carrying fee paying passengers.
I dont really know what the problem is, you code a boat with the correct equipment for the operating area, you ensure that the pre-operational check list is done before every charter and you make sure the skipper has the right ticket for area of operation
We rarely see the MCA boat anymore and tend to get inspected in port, it really dosent matter if you have passengers on or not, like Polwart says you just explain to them that the inspection is being carried out for safety- no problem.
If you are running a legal operation then you should be welcoming random inspections, it shakes the monkeys out the tree and stops us going back 15 years when every Tom, Dick and Harry was running charter boats with no equipment on board or training.
Dont know why the Surveyor was threating to get the marine police as the surveyor has the power to board any coded/commercial vessel, including fishing boats at any time whether at sea or in port including Local Authority Licenced boat.