I'm not knocking anyone who's put in the time and gone thru school
to obtain their tickets. Good one 'em and much respect. That's shows dedication and a desire to be a true "pro". But we're not talking standing the bridge of a 1000' ship here.
The last captain I sailed with, (E-W trans-At) his brother at 27, graduate of a maritime college and now an officer on ships. This "kid" is being flown and sailing all over the world. Myself I've no desire to sail commercial
ships. I already mentioned my friend who at 22 is delivering new Nordhavens. I'd sail with him anywhere any time.
However if someone wants a true ticket get a YachtMaster's Offshore
. You'll earn and have to show competency to get that one. Not just memorize answers to questions. Any idiot can get a 6-pack.
Now, it should be obvious, that you'd ask for and check the references
of anyone you might consider to move your boat. That's a gimmie. Or should be anyway.
All this commotion about moving a 38' boat 8-10 hours down the ICW
. Hell, if you think a PHD is required that's cool! Pay a thousand a day. If you want your boat moved at a reasonable rate by a safe, experienced sailor give me a shout. I can do it or set you up with a bunch of friends "qualified" to do it.