1. Do I need a "TWIC CARD; What is a "TWIC CARD"?
This is a "Transportation Workers Identification Card." As of 19 December 2011 all new applicants for a merchant mariner license must hold a valid TWIC card. Renewals may be exempt. See our page titled "license renewals/ forms" for additional information. For more information: http://www.twicinformation.com/twicinfo/
2. In Florida, does a charter boat need a state fishing license?
*Four (4) or less customers/*Five (5) to ten (10) customers
*Contact your local county tax collectors office for the current fishing license fee
3. Does my original Coast Guard License need to be aboard while I’m chartering?
YES, the C.F.R. states that the original must be in your possession.
4. What about Life Jackets?
You need a type I, with reflective tape. Inshore, offshore the same plus a personal floatation device light that is C.G. approved under sub. part 161.012, C.F.R. sub chapter C /un-inspected vessels Part 25.25-13 A & B states very clearly that if you are operating beyond the shoreline (meaning coastwise and oceans) you are required to have this light on each personal floatation device (P.F.D.).
5. Renewal of Licenses:
Your CG Captain's License expires in 5 years. You renew by mail or email. Remember, the Coast Guard DOES NOT notify you, it's up to you to do it! CLICK FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILS ON RENEWING YOUR LICENSE.
6. Do I need to belong to a drug consortium?
Yes, CFR 46, Part 16,16.23 points that out. Local jurisdictions are cracking down on this. www.drugfreevessel.com; www.apcadrugtesting.com
7. What about boat and liability insurance?
Some captain's don't have any! But, the SMART THING to do is to contact a "Marine Insurance" company for coverage at a fair price that will suit your needs. Many insurance companies will give licensed captains a discount.
8. Will the CPR/First Aid card that was issued from my employer be allowed?
Any CPR/ First Aid course must be approved by the National Maritime Center. All cards/ certificates must be valid within 12 months of when your application is received by the NMC. If a card was issued, a letter of completion, with the course code on the letter, must accompany the card.
Stay Safe and Have Fun Boating!