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Another valuable app for boaters

Boaters who are in the beginning stages of planning a cruise to a distant, or not well known harbor, should consider using the new Boater’s Guide that was recently released by the California Clean Vessel Education Program, a partnership of The Bay Foundation and California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating). Now captains can simply download the iPad app or the inter-

active eBook and have a wealth at their fingertips – or in the palm of their hands. Available through the iTunes App Store, the Boater’s Guide provides information on each harbor in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego County. Boaters will be able to find out more about each harbor’s unique features, how to procure a guest slip, waste disposal loca- tions and fueling facilities. A detailed map of each harbor is another added feature that boaters will find useful. Also includ- ed in the guide is information on how to enjoy an environmen- See EDITORIAL page 20

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Jetpack insanity Editor:

Jetpacks in the harbor. Is this the definition of insanity or what? Isn’t it bad enough we boaters—those of us who actu- ally “pay” for the harbors— have to put up with all the stand up paddle boarders and kayakers? You know the ones

That’s Some Name — My Three Sons

Lois and Dave Dolan’s sons were younger when they named their Bayliner My Three Sons. The name might need to be updated with the arrival of their grandson, Vincent.

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who insist they have the “right- a-way” and create navigational hazards for the power boaters. It’s getting to the point where it’s no fun to go boating any- more because of the need to constantly be on the alert for all the hazards caused by them. The idea of being able to rent these toys to untrained, irre- sponsible people and have them turned loose to block and cut in front of boaters is just a disaster waiting to happen.

Long time boater in Huntington Beach


How to start a charter business A

By David Weil, Esq.

We are interested in starting a charter busi- ness with the purchase

of a 50 foot sportfishing yacht that is currently located and registered in Mexico. I have done some research and I understand that a boat must be built and registered in the United States to legally carry passengers for hire. The boat we are buying was built in the U.S., but it was taken to Mexico when it was first sold and has always been Mexican flagged. Assuming we transfer the boat to U.S. documenta- tion after we take delivery, would there be any legal restrictions against operating the boat in a charter business?

Reader responds to animal cruelty Editor:

I have been prompted to write (and act) by your detailed description of ongoing acts of cruelty to animals. Unfortunately, this and sim- ilar widely different acts are, logically, commonplace in the U.S. given the extent of pet ownership. This trend has extensive and growing, but sel- dom reported, negative effects including those on the natural environment, wildlife, other pets and humans. As a longtime boater, The

Log reader and human, I sub- mit these personal observa- tions: (1) our condominium grounds have become a gigan- tic pet toilet, which the con- tamination is not usually visi- ble, I would not allow a child to play there. Flies have replaced migratory song birds, (2) fre- quent yet often unexpected barking, yipping, growling has reduced the quality of life for all. The high number of dogs contributes to chain reactions, which are sometimes triggered

Our reader’s preliminary research is accurate. Federal law requires a

vessel to obtain a “Coastwise endorsement” on its Coast Guard Certificate of

Documentation if it will be car- rying passengers or cargo for hire within the United States. But a boat is generally not eli- gible for a Coastwise endorse- ment unless it was built and registered in this country. This type of restriction is fairly common around the world. The United States is one of many nations that pro- tects its domestic transporta- tion industries through “cabo- tage” laws. These laws require the transportation of passen- gers or cargo between U.S. ports to be performed aboard “U.S. flagged” vessels (vessels

by feral cats (another byprod- uct of pet ownership), (3) the dog pound atmosphere is not as pervasive at the marina where I rent; however, given the layout, it only takes one dog left outside one of the sur- rounding homes to bring suf- fering to slip holders, visitors and the dog itself, (4) I cannot

registered under the laws of the United States), that are also constructed in this country. Under the scenario described above, the boat would seem to be eligible for charter since it was U.S. built and it will be U.S. flagged before it is placed into charter service. Unfortunately, this question is not as straightforward as it seems. The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations provides that a vessel otherwise eligible for a Coastwise endorsement will permanently lose that eli- gibility if it is registered in a foreign country. [46 CFR sec. 67.19(d)]. However, as a practi- cal matter, the Coast Guard’s National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) regularly issues

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recall a single event in 40 plus years of boating that was enhanced for me by pets on boats. In fact, the opposite have been common, with experiences similar to those ashore. Additionally, I gave wit- ness to large dogs with little room to move; dogs with thick

See LETTERS page 20 On Board With Johnson by J.R. Johnson

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