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Exemption 4—Marine Safety (Recreational use)


What this exemption will allow you to do

Approval is no longer required to operate under Exemption 04. Existing approvals remain valid. 

Owners are exempt from the need to comply with some requirements that usually apply when the vessel is operated for commercial, governmental or research purposes.

These conditions relate to crewing and operational area limitations.

While operating under Exemption 04 you must:

Exemption 04 does not make your vessel a recreational vessel. Domestic commercial vessel requirements other than crewing and operational area limitations still apply.

Chartering a vessel 

If someone charters a boat to you and you use it recreationally, Exemption 04 does not apply, because chartering a vessel is a commercial activity. If the owner uses it recreationally—for example to take friends fishing—the owner may be able to operate under Exemption 04.

Relocating a vessel

Exemption 04 cannot be used to take a domestic commercial vessel overseas or to relocate it.

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