I know it is something that none of us want to think about, but in this day and age of filing law suits to get some "easy money", I think it is a valid topic to discuss here. Keep in mind that all costs are split equally and not one penny is profit in any way.
Twice a year we (my boat partner and myself) spend a week or two taking a friend(s) out fishing on our boat. I have done this for years and never have had any problems and good and memorable time was had by all. Unfortunately, my last trip proved different. One of the guys (there was a group of 4 of us) did not reveal to me or my partner that he had some serious health issues going on weeks before the trip. The next seven days on the water, 70 miles from any sort of health care or emergency facility, he basically was not able to participate in any of the activities we did. Upon returning home and his visiting a hospital for a thorough physical, the doctors informed him that his heart was working at 10-15% of normal capacity (he was a smoker his whole life until two weeks before the trip!) and he needed 4 bypass stents immediately. Basically, he could very easily have had a heart attack or died at any moment and we would have been forced to deal with a situation we were neither prepared or qualified for. Now, today, 6 weeks later he is doing well and hopefully will live a long life.
The whole idea is so foreign to my vision of enjoying all that Alaska has to offer, but we all know that Alaska and Mother Nature can be a very unforgiving place especially when you are on some big water.
So, my question is: have any of you guys ever had a liability release form signed by guests on your boat? I guess the easy answer is simply don't invite friends on our boats, but we all know that is not practical.