What is a Bareboat Charter?
Because Lake Tahoe is a federally governed lake the rules may be different than the lake you are coming from, even if you live in California. A bareboat charter is defined as:
Charter (bareboat) Operation: A valid (bareboat) charter is an agreement where the charterer has use of the vessel for a period of time and is considered the owner. A charterer takes on the legal obligations, is responsible for the crew, passengers carried, and others.
Elements of a valid bareboat charter may include:
1) The charterer must have the option of selecting & paying crew, although the owner may require general levels of proficiency for the crew that is retained based on federal statutes
2) The master/crew are paid by the charterer
3) All food, fuel and stores are provided by the charterer
4) Insurance is obtained by the charterer
5) The charterer is responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel
6) A platform for events that does not involve consideration, even when moored at the pier
7) The vessel is surveyed upon return to the owner
If you would like to bring your own captain for your bareboat charter than they must bring:
- Valid MMC
- Proof of 2 years employment on Tahoe (Pay stub/W2)
- Possess a basic CPR/First Aid card (Current)
We also have our own list of captains you may choose from.
USCG Bareboat Charter Information