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How do you other boatowners deal with the delicate subject of money and divers?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by grey2112, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. grey2112

    grey2112 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New Port Richey FL
    Note - please do not take this as whining, complaining, etc. And I especially don't want the guys who dove with me the other day to think I'm upset with them with regards to the money they chipped in for gas.
    However, I was wondering how you other boat owners out there handle this delitcate issue. Do you simply factor in your gallons used vs. known MPG and split the bill evenly (including yourself in there as contributor?)

    Do you factor in other things like wear and tear, insurance, taxes, maintenance, upkeep, etc.?
    When people ask me how much they owe me for gas I never know what to say - if I say a figure that seems too much I'd feel bad that they might think they are getting jipped. I honestly love the companionship and the numbers provided by some people are actually worth something since I have so few. If it weren't for these guys joining me I wouldn't be going out at all since my wife doesn't dive.

    Also, I wonder if telling someone in advance what the cost was based on expected miles driven, could that be interpreted as hiring out, which is illegal unless you have the proper licenses?
  2. maniago

    maniago PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Mid-Atlantic (MD)
    Not a boat owner, so I'm interested in the answers. But if I was a boat owner, I'd do it the way I do for sharing a long car ride with me - the cost of gas. Period. All the other things that come with being the owner, asking for a split on that seems petty. I could see helping to muck out the boat or cleaning up if its docked etc. But that's payment in sweat equity, not cash. Still, I could be all wet on this one...
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  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I think its better to have them on board, and then go to the gas dock. Then on the way back, decide to "top it back off".... watch the sheer horror in their eyes......

    What do they bring? Food? Beverages? Air for me?

    They get one chance to figure it out.....

    ---------- Post added February 18th, 2014 at 06:31 PM ----------

    I had a guy once on my boat. Was the partner of another guy that was diving with us.... Ran the boat 15 miles down to the next marina to pick him up, then about 5 miles out offshore to the wreck. Brought him back to "his" marina, and he handed my buddy "a couple bucks" - his actual words. He got in his Mercedes and drove off. We drive over to the gas dock for a long haul home (45 miles), and the money was literally 5 X $1.00 bills.....
  4. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I don't ask, nor expect money. I wouldn't ask for food money or a portion of my rent if I have someone over for dinner. If someone insists I will add their money to the cost of gas, but I wouldn't charge someone if I was going out anyway.
    ajtoady, ErikNYC, mmcdanie and 4 others like this.
  5. jcaplins

    jcaplins Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Davis, CA, United States
    If the boating world anything like the aviation world, then you can equally split the direct operation costs; which is basically fuel and oil (and maybe fees associated with the trip: launch, mooring, etc...). So, no chipping in for maintenance, storage, insurance, etc.

    If all your friends owned a share of the boat then all the costs of ownership would be shared by the partners and the direct cost of the trip would be shared by those that went on that trip.
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"

    boats get (generously) 1 mile/gallon.....
    tekkydiver likes this.
  7. Dan1219

    Dan1219 Registered

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Wheaton, Illinois, United States
    My Dive Buddies and I follow this golden rule for private boat diving- YOU SUPPLY THE BOAT WE PAY FOR THE GAS. My analysis of all the costs associated with boat ownership make this the most equitable agreement This rule ensures a GREAT day on the water for everyone, and hopefully a boat owner who knows we appreciate them and their boat.
  8. maniago

    maniago PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Mid-Atlantic (MD)
    So then it would seem that splitting cost for gas is even more appropriate than any other expense, yes?
    rhwestfall likes this.
  9. Doubler

    Doubler Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Bremerton, WA
    I was under the impression that if you took money for gas you were consider a professional by the Coast Guard and were required to have a 6 pack license? I never asked for or required gas money when I had my boat. I even think this applies to soda and food as it is considered payment.

    AWMIII likes this.
  10. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Truth. Hang on....

    The whole long requirements is found here: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/1994/n7-94.pdf

    The way I read the statute is that you may not ask for food, fuel, drinks, etc. If your passenger voluntarily gives it to you, they are not passengers for hire. If they are asked for contributions, they are considered passengers for hire, and the operator must obtain a license.

    AWMIII, ajtoady, g1138 and 7 others like this.

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