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Old 30-06-2014, 05:55   #91
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Re: When is a Captain not a Captain?

My family has a few shirts that I had made with the name of our boat on it and the word "crew" on the bottom. A worker will never be an owner, but an owner will always be a worker.

I've never addressed myself as Captain, but the USCG did over the radio and as they boarded my boat. For that matter, when I said to the boarding officer who was on board my boat "Petty Officer, do not stand on my seats" he didn't argue with me either.

I sign the checks, I clean the bilge and I also get to sleep in the biggest stateroom next to the Admiral...

FWIW, I fly for a living too...
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Old 30-06-2014, 13:41   #92
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Wink Don't sweat the small stuff

Good movie, too: real B-25s! No way they would make it like that anymore; they'd use fake-looking computer animation.

Remember the medal presentation scene? General Dreedle (Orson Welles) finally responds to Yosarian's nakedness by rolling his eyes and exclaiming
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What the hell do I care?! If he wants to receive a medal without any clothes on, what the hell business is it of yours? Here's your medal, Captain. You're a very weird person, Yosarian.
The above is a good response to self-appointed "Captains", too.
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Old 30-06-2014, 18:28   #93
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At a neighbor's party the hostess kept referring to Bill as "The Judge". I told my wife if she ever referred to me as "The Captain" at a party she would be standing there by herself because I would just walk out the door.

Having said that one of my friends told me before I started cruising Latin America that a nice golf type shirt with "Captain" embroidered on it and a polite air of professionalism when dealing with foreign paperwork would go a long way towards reducing hassle. I had a couple of shirts made up with silhouettes of my boat with Captain over it. I don't have scientific evidence that it worked but I never had any hassles either.
Actually, I prefer, "Your grand exulted PooBah."

I can't be the only one old enough to remember this Watching Laugh in with Dad - great memories - thanks.

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Old 30-06-2014, 19:52   #94
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Re: When is a Captain not a Captain?

If you have to wear a hat that has scrambled egg on the bill and "Captain" embroidered on the front. For people on your boat to know who is in charge, then it isn't you.
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Old 30-06-2014, 20:06   #95
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I think I prefer FLASH

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:48   #96
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This "fact" is often heard, but I suspect is an exaggeration of reality.

The COLREGS do not change depending on if you have a license or not.

Negligence might be a grey area and seen differently depending if licensed or not. Maybe.

On the flip side, testimony can hold more credence from a person who has proven qualifications in the field. This could end up as advantage.

I think one concern, and it differs state-to-state in USA, is the application of "Good Samaritan" laws that protect rescuers in emergency situations. Being a licensed person might exempt you from protection (although just having a license does not make you a professional which is the more usual exemption).

My insurance company said a license could be a small discount, but no addition to premium. If license really increased liability, I am certain the insurance company would reflect that by increasing premiums instead for a boat owner with license.

Of course if licensed and operating a charter business or some such professional operation, your liabilities are increased, just as with any business. Not really a function of having a license, but a result of running a business.
Excellent observation... a real live example occurred while driving a client's vessel in British Columbia where we had anchored in Montague Harbor. After setting the ground tackle, I had taken hand bearings on a couple of landmarks ashore and repeated the process at dusk before turning in.
About 2:00 am another vessel drifted down on us with little or no damage to ours but about $10000 to the other which was owned and skippered by a local Vancouer attorney who happened to be a member of the same Vancouver Yacht Club as my client.
He sued me, my client and his friends who were aboard our vessel. The case was heard in a Canadian Federal Maritime court.
The Judge found no liability on the part of myself, my client or his guests but on hearing testimony, examining both ships logs (I recall there being little or no information in the log of the other vessel) and reviewing the qualifications of each person aboard both vessels he stated that he held me to higher standard than any other because I was a licensed Master in Canada. The fact that I had taken the time to enter our position in the log on two occasions weighed heavily in our favor. This occurred many years ago but I've never forgotten the admonishment for being licensed.
Unless you are going to earn your living afloat, I would think twice about attaining and continuing to hold a maritime license. For insurance purposes, it was a requirement in nearly every delivery in US waters, I believe. Because I continued in the skippering and delivery business for many years in the US, I kept mine but if I were to be an occasional cruiser, I would take a pass on it. Phil
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Re: When is a Captain not a Captain?

That brought back sone memories Phil.

RVYC had its own special breed of Admirals!

Mostly cantankerous bastards )
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That brought back sone memories Phil.

RVYC had its own special breed of Admirals!

Mostly cantankerous bastards )
My lips are sealed... wish the court records were! Phil
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Much ado about nothing, My offshore Master License said I was licensed as a "U.S. Merchant Marine Officer" so where did "Captain's License" come from?
I never renewed my License after the first five years, I noticed people who had a 13 foot jon boat displaying a 100 ton license in their office. Also soon found out that having said license was just as good as painting a target on your back. When boarded in the Dry Tortugas many years ago, "Barney Fife" demanded to know who was the Captain. The kids all yelled "Captain Doug", I informed the officer that I was not a licensed "Captain" and whom ever was in the mood "was the captain of the day", today is NOT my turn. Thank YOU
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A Master Mariner is always a licensed master, but not necessary the other way round

What is much worse than a small boat skipper styling him or herself "Captain X" are those mariners with restricted - i.e., limited tonnage and/or geographic area - master's certificates who hold themselves out as "Master Mariners".
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Re: When is a Captain not a Captain?

Master and Commander- I think I like those terms better. If anyone needs me, I will be down on the throne next to the V-berth...
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Master and Commander- I think I like those terms better. If anyone needs me, I will be down on the throne next to the V-berth...
I'll call you Big MaC for short...

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I rather liked,
"Ruler of the Queen's Navee".
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Damn! If I can't call myself "Captain", I wasted a lot of money on the starched white shirt with the gold epaulets, the dark blue blazer and the white hat with all the gold braid on the brim!
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Re: When is a Captain not a Captain?

Is Francesco Schettino still considered to be a captain?
Could he keep it as a social title if he got a job as a bell captain?
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