Originally Posted by grunzster
What exactly defines a day on the water
? I'm seeing a lot of mixed information on this.
4 hours underway.
From what I understand, it needs to be at least 4 hours with the vessel under way.
Do I need to be the one in command of the vessel the entire time? If not, how much of that time I need to be the one behind the wheel?
Zero. You must be underway, as a member
of the crew. If you are a passenger your time does not count.
Also, I saw one place where you can't claim more than a day in any 24 hour period, but then another place that said 12+ hours can be claimed as 1-1/2 days?
Two years ago, each regional exam center processed their own applications. The rules were interpreted slightly differently by each. Some areas would grant you 2 days if you worked 2 separate 4 hour charters.... I understand that is what they did in SC anyway.
To standardize the processing, all applications have been sent to a central facility (The National Maritime Center) for about the last 2 years. So if you turn your application in in Baltimore
(as I had) you got the same rules applied as someone who turned theirs in in New Orleans
(where I should have turned mine in).
This is a link to the NMC. USCG National Maritime Center
Anywhere else you get your information, unless updated in the last little bit.. is going to be wrong. The rules have not changed, but the way they are interpreted will be different in some cases.