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Old 21 February 2012, 12:30   #1
Country: USA
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Feb 2012
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vessel assist business start up info

Hi there,

I am interested in starting up a vessel assist business in CA

I know I need my captains license with tow endorsement.

My question is what permits / other licensing do I need?

Is their a regulation book for vessel assist operators that they have to follow like they have for truckers?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 21 February 2012, 19:05   #2
Country: USA
Town: Pacific Beach
Boat name: Dash II
Make: Willard
Length: 7m +
Engine: Cummins
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 564
I believe they are franchises.
I regularly see ads in The Log for help wanted in Dana Point.
You definitely need a Captain's License with towing endorsement.
Contact Vessel Assist.

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Old 22 February 2012, 03:43   #3
Country: USA
Town: Torrance
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Let me know if you need a Skipper! Wales is rather wet and windy so getting home sounds very appealing
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Old 02 May 2012, 00:52   #4
Country: USA
Town: Palm Beach
Boat name: Octopussy
Make: Zodiac
Length: 6m +
Engine: Diesel
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If you decide to get into the business, I have tow boat for sale: 22ft Boston Whaler Guardian ex-police (freshwater use only). Twin Merc 115s with low hours, dealer maintained. It will get you started on a budget, all you need is 6-pack OUPV license and Assistance Towing endorsement. For guidelines, see C-PORT Organization, National Association for the Marine Assistance Industry - Salvage, Towing
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Old 02 May 2012, 10:26   #5
Country: USA
Town: Oakland CA
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Isn't Vessel Assist a part of BoatUS? They can probably help out (even if they're not affiliated.)

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