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    Default Licence requirements for saltwater boat

    Do I need any particular licence to operate a saltwater vessel in or around the coastal waters in SE Alaska? I only intend to fish on a private basis ( non-client based ) for my own personnel use. Thanks from Ireland

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    No you don't, as long as you are not a guide you are free to operate your boat. I would recommend you read the coastguard rules of the road and maybe even take a seamanship class. Lots of stuff to know, but 2/3's of the people on the water don't know any of the rules anyway.

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    Thanks jr2. I thought that anyway. Im a vastly experienced fisherman anyway. Where can I get the coastguard rules of the road. From the uscg ? And even better , where is there such a seamans course. thanks from ireland

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    http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/postcard031313.pdf
    That is a link to boating safety requirements in Alaska such as flares, pfds, throwable flotation, etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR2 View Post
    No you don't, as long as you are not a guide you are free to operate your boat. I would recommend you read the coastguard rules of the road and maybe even take a seamanship class. Lots of stuff to know, but 2/3's of the people on the water don't know any of the rules anyway.

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    Only 2/3's don't know the rules?

    I'd highly recomend taking a Coast Guard Auxiliary seamanship class. Also if you can hook up with experienced boater to take you out a few times it'll be well worth it.
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    Thanks paul h. ill look into it right now.

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