Another illegal charter bites the dust. We need more enforcement here in Charleston –Hello -USCG Sector Charleston.

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U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
Contact: 7th District Public Affairs
Office: 305-415-6683
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Coast Guard halts illegal charter vessel near Aventura Fla.

Coast Guard Halts Illegal Charter near Aventura

Correction: Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale terminated the voyage not Coast Guard Station Miami Beach

MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a pontoon boat with 13 passengers aboard Thursday near Aventura.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding of the pleasure craft near Aventura where they discovered the following violations:

Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.515B for not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel. 
Violation of 46 C.F.R. 16.201 for failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
Violation of 46 C.F.R. 170.120 for failure to have a valid stability letter.


“The Coast Guard is actively on the look to stop illegal charter activities to prevent tragedies and guarantee the safety of the American public, said Petty Officer 1st Class Sarah Benton, a Coast Guard Sector Miami command center watchstander. “For the safety of the passengers aboard the vessel and other boaters transiting vessel operators need to be certified.”

Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $58,389 for illegal passenger-for-hire operations. Some potential fines for illegally operating a charter vessel are:
Up to $18,477 for failure of an inspected vessel to be under the control of an individual with the appropriate Coast Guard license.
Up to $7,250 for failure of operators to be enrolled in a chemical testing program.
Up to $4,685 for failure to provide a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection for vessels carrying more than six passengers.
Up to $15,995 for failure to produce a valid Certificate of Documentation for vessels over 5 gross tons.
Up to $11,712 for failure to have been issued a valid Stability Letter prior to placing the vessel in service with more than six passengers.

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-USCG-


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USCG Sector Miami – bags another illegal charter! Sector Charleston-sounds like a challenge !

MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 24-foot pontoon vessel with seven passengers aboard Friday near Watson Island after discovering multiple safety violations.

A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding of the pontoon vessel near Watson Island where they discovered the following violations:

  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.515B for not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel. 
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 16.201 for failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 170.120 for failure to have a valid stability letter. 

 “While we want people to have fun out on the water, safety is always the number one priority,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Juan Ros, watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Miami. “Educating yourself on what to look for in a legitimate operation can help keep you from taking unnecessary risks.” 

Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $42,394 for  illegal passenger-for-hire operations. Some potential fines for illegally operating a charter vessel are:

  • Up to $18,477 for failure of an inspected vessel to be under the control of an individual with the appropriate Coast Guard license.
  • Up to $7,250 for failure of operators to be enrolled in a chemical testing program.
  • Up to $4,685 for failure to provide a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection for vessels carrying more than six passengers.
  • Up to $15,995 for failure to produce a valid Certificate of Documentation for vessels over 5 gross tons.
  • Up to $11,712 for failure to have been issued a valid Stability Letter prior to placing vessel in service with more than six passengers.

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-USCG-

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USCG getting tough on illegal charters !! Keep up the good work !!

MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 32-foot pleasure craft with 11 passengers aboard Saturday in the Miami River making this the second illegal charter in the Miami area interdicted in two days.

A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding of the pleasure craft in the Miami River where they discovered the following violations:

  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.515B for not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel. 
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 16.201 for failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 170.120 for failure to have a valid stability letter. 

 “It can be very dangerous to take part in a charter that doesn’t meet regulations and educating yourself on what to look for to determine whether or not the operation is legitimate can save your life,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Paula Verden, watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Miami. “It’s important that people looking to charter a boat verify the captain’s license and safety of the vessel.” 

Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $42,394 for  illegal passenger-for-hire operations. Some potential fines for illegally operating a charter vessel are:

  • Up to $18,477 for failure of an inspected vessel to be under the control of an individual with the appropriate Coast Guard license.
  • Up to $7,250 for failure of operators to be enrolled in a chemical testing program.
  • Up to $4,685 for failure to provide a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection for vessels carrying more than six passengers.
  • Up to $15,995 for failure to produce a valid Certificate of Documentation for vessels over 5 gross tons.
  • Up to $11,712 for failure to have been issued a valid Stability Letter prior to placing vessel in service with more than six passengers.

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-USCG-

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Travel Channel top reasons to visit Charleston (besides chartering Southern Drawl of course !)

Click on the Travel Channel Link to see  Charleston’s must attend events.

 

http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/sc/charleston/articles/10-cant-miss-events-in-charleston

 

beach-IOPOsprey Charters

Fate Charters

Kismet Charters

Charleston Yacht and Charter

spirit line

schooner pride

Charleston harbor tours

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4th of July week in Charleston !

We are looking forward to the upcoming July 4th week here in Chucktown. We have several really nice groups and events that week scheduled already- but we still have a couple of days available- give us a call.

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Sunset Cruise

Harbor Cruise

Cocktail Cruise

Yacht Charter

Yacht Rental

sailing fate

party yacht kismet

bacherlorette

weddings

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Bachelorette-Wedddings-Sunset Harbor Cruise-Yacht Charter -Our 10th Year-Charlestons Best !

We here at Southern Drawl Charters are coming into our 10th year as the premiere full size charter yacht in the Charleston area. Since that time we have had dozens of weddings- bachelorette parties -special occasions and corporate events of all descriptions. Our size and layout make us the perfect platform for almost any event. Sure there are smaller cheaper boats that can squeeze you in the back of the boat on a bench seat –but why accept that as your fate –don’t disappoint yourself and your guests. Seriously for just a little more money- you can have a proper full size yacht- heck we can fit some of those other boats in our Salon !! So give us a call about your event- and see what your special occasion can truly be !!

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Sunset Cruise

Weddings

Bachelorette

Corporate Charters

Private Yacht

Catering and Private Chef

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2016 Charter Season- some great charters in the books- looks like a good year !

Harbor cruise- weddings on a yacht- special occasions !! Southern Drawl does it all !unnamed-3image5image2

 

 

 

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Some pictures from recent charters- part one

We have had some really great charters already this year- Weddings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events, Spoleto……..I’ll post some on the blog this month- and add to our web collection. Be patient as we are updating our site as well- but until then enjoy !

Ashton’s Birthday Party !!

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2015 Charter Season-Yacht Rental

So far the weather has cooperated with us at the beginning of this season. April has always been a little breezy- but nice. We have had some rain, but we have been lucky and none of our charters have gotten wet. Even if it did rain- we have a very comfortable/dry interior to accommodate your group. That is the advantage to renting a private yacht – as opposed to a shrimp boat- or taking one of the old metal Fort Sumter boats. Here is a sunset pic I shot through my sunglasses- came out pretty cool I think.

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you can contact us directly- we do not participate in the ez waves reservation system- or book through spiritline cruises

yacht charter
harbor cruise
dolphin watch
wedding
fort sumter
spoleto
osprey
waterfowl
watching

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Our Chef Joe in Malaysia

Joe Byrnes, our on board Chef, has been unavailable this season—but he’s not goofing off. He is on a humanitarian mission in Malaysia with the Orang Asli aboriginal Malay. Here are a couple of pics- one is of his ride home each day- and a hut in the village where he works. We hope to have him back next season. In the meantime we have other options available for your food choices.
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wedding cruise
harbor cruise
anniversary
birthday
cocktail
yacht rental
spiritline
dolphin
osprey
eagles
fort sumter

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