Author: JoseGuzman (---.87.103.49.netdial.caribe.net)
Date: 03-10-05 13:26
In my very own personal opinion, any vessel less than 20foot, is not capable of transporting more than 4 people safely, unless in VERY calm seas/waters, and short distances, regardless of what the manufacturer says.
More over, USCG regulations DOES NOT PERMIT the transporting of more than 6 paying passengers on ANY uninspected vessel ( you should ask for the USCG INSPECTION PLATE when you see more than 6 paying passengers), ( this plate must be visible to everyone on board, and MUST indicate number of passengers allowed, type of license required for the captain, and any MATE if required. Also, a Marine Radio Operator Perimt ( MROP ) MUST be posted close to the VHF radio, along with emergency call signs, and procedures for operating a VHF frequency during emergency calls , also a licensed radio operator must be onboard ( most of the time the MASTER is required to hold an MROP ).
These regulations include ALL VESSELS, regardless of manufacturer specifications, LOA, ( LENGHT OVERALL ) , beam, draft, and captain capacity, all this for SECURITY reasons, and public transporting purposes.
To finalize, you MUST ask for a valid/not expired CPR/FirstAid Certificate, hold by either the captain or the mate, along with a good first aid kit, type B/C fire extinguisher, and most of all TAKE ENOUGH DRINKING WATER.
There is not time for excuses, when you are at sea, things happen when you less expect them.
22 years of experience.