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If the captain has a stroke, does the Coast Guard need to know?

I own a large motoryacht and I employ a licensed captain to operate and manage the boat. The captain has a number of medical restrictions on his license, and he recently had a stroke. Can you give me some idea how this will affect his license? And, if he doesn’t report the stroke to the Coast Guard, should I as the vessel owner make a report?


Rules for operation of a vessel by a dealer, manufacturer

I am working with a partner to market a line of new boats that we are manufacturing in the United States. I recently took delivery of a “demo&rd ...

Can I withhold slip fees during a dispute with my marina?

My boat was damaged in its slip during a storm last winter, when a cleat pulled out of the dock and my remaining tie up line parted under the resultin ...

What are the requirements for running a spectator boat?

I volunteer my boat every year as a spectator boat for an annual fund raising regatta run by a large charity. I will typically have five or six guests ...

Does my marine insurance policy cover earthquake damage?

I just renewed my homeowner's insurance policy and it reminded me that I have never seen an earthquake insurance policy offered for a boat. I know tha ...

What kind of Coast Guard license do I need?

I am interested in starting a charter business with a small boat on Lake Havasu, and I have a few questions about licensing. I have been told that I w ...

A focus on liveaboard rights

I had the surprise of my life a few nights ago when two United States Marshals boarded my boat while it was in its slip and instructed me to leave. Th ...

Can I use a foreign-built boat in a charter fishing business?

I own a foreign-built motor yacht that I would like to use in a charter fishing business, and I have a few questions about some of the legal issues I ...

Distinguishing Authority

Last summer, I participated in a vessel safety check conducted by members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The men who conducted the inspection were very ...

Sunken boat liability — who’s responsible for its removal?

I recently lost my boat in a marina fire in Northern California. The fire started aboard a boat in a neighboring slip and my boat was one of four that ...

Concerns about buying a yacht from a private party without a broker

I am buying a yacht in California from a private party without a broker, and the seller’s attorney drafted a two-page purchase agreement. I am a ...

Concerns about buying a yacht from a private party without a broker

I am buying a yacht in California from a private party without a broker, and the seller’s attorney drafted a two-page purchase agreement. I am a ...

What Consequences Are There in Failing to Record a Bill of Sale?

I sold my boat almost a year ago. I signed and notarized a bill of sale on the official Coast Guard form and exchanged the bill of sale for a cashier& ...

What Consequences Are There in Failing to Record a Bill of Sale?

I sold my boat almost a year ago. I signed and notarized a bill of sale on the official Coast Guard form and exchanged the bill of sale for a cashier& ...

How do the U.S. Coast Guard, SeaTow and Vessel Assist respond to distress calls?

I am researching the services offered by commercial assistance towing companies (such as SeaTow or Vessel Assist), and I am a little confused about th ...