I like the idea of credentials, but question the value of the 6-pack to someone who has no plan to use it commercially or leave the states. On the one hand the knowledge is valuable but it may cause the Coast Guard to be more critical during inspections. I would hate to have a warning become a citation...
Many benefits to having a 6-pack or higher ticket, especially for a cruiser:
1)If you need extra income
along the way, just put the anchor
down and take a job driving a dive-boat or some other small vessel.
2) Discounts on boat insurance
3) You learn something valuable, such as rules-of-the-road
Never heard that the CG is more critical during an inspection
..Probably the other way around if anything..?
If you are afraid they are going tough on you for being a licenced captain
, don't tell them you have a ticket.
I have never been stopped or inspected by the US CG, but have had plenty of interaction with the local Marine-Police: The only time I mentioned anything about my ticket was when some passing power boat
made dangerous wake and caused damage to my vessel. I called the cops on VHF
and told them to get the power boat
guy and bring him back so as to pay for the damage. They did and I got my $1,000.00.
In the accident
report I had to list my qualifications: Ya stand a bit stronger if you are licensed I think....