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Old 28-07-2011, 10:10   #46
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Re: Hourly Rate For Captain

As usual the thread has become seriously side tracked from the original question on a Captains hourly rate. So let me side track it a bit more. For 3 years I taught the Coast Guard Auxiliary Seamanship and Navigation Course at Orange Coast College in Southern California. This was a 14 week course and to receive a certificate of completion, I required an on the water exercise that took the students to Catalina Island and back for a weekend. When I took my Captains test I spent four days in a classroom studying the questions until I felt I knew them all and then took the multiple choice test and the charting problem. The system may not be the best, but it is what it is. The true test is not how someone acquires the License, but what their actual skills and abilities are. Research and references will help determine who should be responsible for your boat and not a certificate. The good, experienced Captains should be paid accordingly. For all the others that will work cheap, you get what you pay for. Chuck

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Old 28-07-2011, 10:20   #47
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Re: Hourly Rate For Captain

Originally Posted by unbusted67 View Post

It feels good for someone to tell you you are official. You get to put on your epaulettes and pretend like you've been there.
And please don't think that I take myself so seriously as to not own a shirt with some sweet epaulettes on it.

In addition to my previous post I just want to say one last thing: getting people and boat to the other side is not the only thing that will bring you success. I think it is easy to isolate oneself in this industry, it is after all a very me-centric job. Success in this industry should also be measured in how you effect your community and the people on the boat with you.

That's it I will shut up now.

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