IMG_8463.JPG

How many passengers on a yacht

Our clients very often ask us, can we be allowed to have on our vessel more than 13 passengers?

ANSWER:  No, we can’t allow by law.

 

Regardless of the size of the boat, 60 feet or 180 feet, the maximum number of passengers is 13.

 

According Regulatory Information, Federal Register, SuDoc Class Number AE 2.7: GS 4.107: AE 2.106:

Publisher Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration

The US Coast Guard regulations require that all privately-owned charter yachts in the United States are limited to a maximum of 13 passengers, plus crew. This regulation is named in the Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993: “Summary: The Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993 (the Act) clarifies the criteria which determine when vessels are required to be certificated by the Coast Guard for passenger carriage. To accomplish this, the Act, among other things, redefines the terms ``passenger,'' ``passenger vessel,'' ``small passenger vessel,'' and ``uninspected passenger vessel.'' The Act also provides definitions for the terms ``passenger for hire'' and ``consideration.'' The Act establishes an extension period for its applicability to charter vessels that will operate as charters with no crew provided. The extension period is only available to those vessels whose owners make application to the Coast Guard by June 21, 1994. The Act further calls for the possible modification of existing requirements for certain charter vessels of over 100 gross tons, and the establishment of new requirements for uninspected passenger vessels of at least 100 gross tons carrying not more than 13 passengers.”

IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 13 PASSENGERS, YOU CAN RENT TWO BOATS AND ANYWAY ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH EACH OTHER, SINCE YOUR TWO BOATS WILL BE VERY CLOSE.

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Coast Guard

Page Number Range 792-793

Federal Register Citation 59 FR 792

Docket Numbers

Federal Register: January 6, 1994, CGD 93-092

FR Doc Number 94-262