GOLD BARS are what you are entitled to wear when you have passed the requirements for a US Coast Guard license to operate a motor or sailing vessel AND carry passengers for money. True there are many mariners who through experience or training are more than competent and may safely operate a vessel, but without the Coast Guard endorsement/license/6-pack/launch operator, you are not legal to do so in United States waters, inland or offshore.
This book can be your guide to obtaining that license, getting started in the boat business and ultimately working on the water in your own boat or another's. It can help you select the right boat for what you intend to do, help you make a plan (a charter plan/business plan) and tell you in advance, all the nitty-gritty things you need to know to be successful.
Helping you market your boat or business, securing the right kind of insurance, meeting the safety requirements, and most importantly, how much it will cost to get on the water and make a profit. Use our experience with yacht and charter brokers to find your clients, learn where to locate, what will make or break you business and how to overcome the usual and unusual obstacles.
It will offer ideas for expanding your business beyond just taking people out on your boat; weddings, overnight B&B at the dock, dock parties, festivals, and other uses for your boat that will make you money . . . and yes, funerals. Spreading ashes on the water can be a profitable service.
Lastly, the author and his two captain sons have worked for and dealt with all manner of boat owners. Wealthy yacht owners in particular, can be difficult for the newly minted captain. Use this book to help you get and hold that job on the water.
"Gold Bars is the new bible about this sea-faring business." Hilary Hemingway
"Gold Bars by Captain Conrad gets gold stars . . . for those who would set a clear course." Christiana Moore, Maine Charterboat cook.
"Finally a business book for boaters. Want to charter, get this book!" Captain Kenny Brown