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    Default Legalities

    Hello there,
    I've been wondering what the legalities are of bringing people aboard your boat. Say you take a couple of friends for a quick cruise to Santa Barbara. You go well offshore, hit a whale, sink, and lose one of your friend. Are you responsible for their death? And family can come about and sue you?

    Are there ways to mitigate these risks? Would asking them to offset the cost of cruise make a difference (say you ask each to pay for $1,000 towards boat maintenance)?

    Shit can happen any time. No need to go offshore. Someone gets hit by the boom, has memory loss ... Is the skipper liable?

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    And family can come about and sue you?
    Anyone can file a lawsuit for anything. How to avoid it? Well many have tried to use a release of liability..... but those don't mean much from what I understand.
    Would asking them to offset the cost of cruise make a difference (say you ask each to pay for $1,000 towards boat maintenance)?
    This would pretty much mean you would get sued if there was an incident as taking money would make you a commercial operation. First, you'd need to get a US Coast Guard captains license to take ANY kind of pay in exchange for any length trip on your boat. You would also want to contact your insurance carrier and ask about taking paid people on a boat they insure. Many, many many people have had dreams of offsetting the cost of their boat by getting others to pay..... usually doesn't work out. A tech job pays a bit more.

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    That certainly solidifies the allure of single-handed sailing ...

    And here I thought I'd sign up three intrepid intrepid sailors for a crossing to Yokohama and back ...

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