I've been going out every weekend with a full load of friends and coworkers (4 people actively fishing and sometimes a couple of kids) and I've noticed I dont actually do much fishing - I'm too busy driving the boat. I'm cool with that - I get a heck of a kick watching and helping people catch fish, almost as much as catching fish myself.
I've tossed around the idea of getting a guide/charter license and rejected it - my clients would displace my friends and it'd turn something I love into a job and I'd feel responsible for getting my clients onto fish - and I just dont know the sound well enough yet to consistantly produce fish.
I did wonder though what is actually involved in getting a charter license and what the regulatory requirements are.
The three things I can think of are:
- The license itself
- Documenting the boat as a commercial operation, boats of 5 net tons or more have to be Coast Guard documented, 5 net tons doesnt have anything to do with weight or displacement, its got to do with interior volume - I'd probably go way over the 5 ton limit.
Anything else you know of or other considerations?
This may belong in "saltwater fishing", put it here because its more about licensing my boat vs just myself.