I don't know how many hours it would take to get the experience necessary to feel comfortable working as a captain
in the charter
industry. When I used to live in the Caribbean
, there were not any specific requirements. They could tell whether you knew what you were doing. I don't think they are looking for hours nearly as much as demonstrated experience at handling a yacht so that you don't leave a trail of destruction that is expensive to fix. I am sure they want you to be able to fix stuff as well.
I have known a handicapped individual that served as a skipper
on yachts as well.
Nowadays, I suspect that paper credentials are important as well. Paper seems to be important everywhere else in the world, and I would think that the creeping effect of credentialism is afflicting the charter industry as well. INSURANCE
is probably the driving force for credentials.