2. If an individual wants to offer his vessel for rent with himself as the “Captain”, then that individual would need the applicable required U.S. Coast Guard Operator of Uninspected Passengers License, more commonly referred to as a “6-Pack License”, which is required of anyone who operates a livery or commercial vessel and carries up to 6 passengers. The word “uninspected” means that the equipment required and the design of the boat are less regulated. These licenses are issued for a particular route. A Master License is required of any operator of an Inspected vessel, which are allowed to carry more than 6 passengers. Inspected vessels must be built in accordance with rigid U.S. Coast Guard Commercial Vessel Inspection standards. All vessels operated as Uninspected or Inspected vessels in Alabama must be documented with the U.S. Coast Guard and all Uninspected or Inspected vessels that are classified as commercial pleasure vessels must also be registered with the State of Alabama as such and display the registration decal in a conspicuous location on that vessel.
It is unlawful for individuals to offer their personal vessels for rent. In order to operate a vessel livery service in Alabama there are certain legal requirements that must be met. The livery must have a business license to operate in the county of operation. Any vessel offered for rent in Alabama MUST be registered first with the Marine Patrol Division as a livery vessel. There must be a rental contract on board the rental vessel specifying that the lessee has been instructed in the safe operation of the vessel by the lessor or the authorized agent of the lessor and that the lessor has complied with the terms of the rental contract. All parties must sign that contract and the lessee must sign a statement that he or she is not currently under suspicion or revocation of any boater safety certification or vessel operation privilege in this state. Any individual who offers his vessel for rent, whether it be through social media, word-of-mouth or through a website such as Boatsetter.Com, must meet the requirements to operate a livery in the State of Alabama.