When a user signs up with GetMyBoat, they are agreeing to comply with all licensing and regulations to operate their listed services with us.
Here are some general rules for a bareboat charter, where captain services are purchased separately:
- The owner must offer the renters a captain list with qualified USCG captains to operate the vessel. The renter does have the option to hire their own captain to operate the vessel as long as they have a USCG captain license.
- If the owner is offering a bareboat charter with over 12 paying passengers the vessel will need a certificate of inspection.
- While the renter purchases the “bareboat” they are also required to pay the captain separately
- The vessel must have an updated insurance policy that covers bareboat charters
The requirements for a certificate of inspection can all be found on the USCG website:
We recommend contacting your local USCG office, to speak with an officer and get the process started. And to keep renters safe, we encourage all boat owners to properly maintain, store, and keep active maintenance/registration records. Additionally, it is mandatory to install and/or make available federal regulations or state regulations safety equipment.
Q: What is a captain arranged separately?
A: A captain arranged separately is a professional boat captain who is hired by the renter (charterer) to operate the boat during the rental period.
Q: How does GetMyBoat handle captains arranged separately?
A: GetMyBoat facilitates the booking of captains arranged separately through its online platform, but does not handle the employment or supervision of the captain. It is the responsibility of the charterer to hire a qualified and experienced captain and ensure that the captain operates the boat in a safe and responsible manner.
Q: What qualifications should I look for in a captain arranged separately?
A: The qualifications required for a captain arranged separately may vary depending on the location and type of boat. In general, the captain should have a valid captain's license or certification, as well as experience operating boats of the same type and size.
Q: Who is responsible for the captain's conduct and performance during the rental period?
A: As the employer of the captain, the charterer is responsible for ensuring that the captain operates the boat in a safe and responsible manner. The charterer should also ensure that the captain is familiar with local laws and regulations regarding boating and navigation.
Q: What is included in the cost of a captain arranged separately?
A: The cost of a captain arranged separately typically includes the captain's fee, but may also include other expenses such as food and lodging for the captain. Be sure to clarify with the boat owner what is included in the cost.
Q: What should I expect from a captain arranged separately?
A: A qualified and experienced captain arranged separately should be able to operate the boat safely and efficiently, navigate local waters, and ensure the safety of all passengers and crew. The captain should also be able to provide guidance and recommendations for activities and sights to see during the rental period.
Q: What is GetMyBoat's cancellation policy for captains arranged separately bookings?
A: GetMyBoat's cancellation policy for captains arranged separately bookings varies depending on the boat owner and rental agreement. Be sure to read the cancellation policy carefully before booking.
Q: Can I hire a captain arranged separately for a bareboat charter through GetMyBoat?
A: Yes, in some cases boat owners may offer the option to hire a captain arranged separately for a bareboat charter. This can be a good option for those who do not have the necessary qualifications or experience to operate the boat themselves.