With a long back ground of responsibilities, and following procedures, I followed all of that with my sea time in order to sit for my U.S.C.G Merchant Marine
Originally 100 ton. Had to renew every five years, on the 5 th issue, the U.S.C.G upgraded it to 500 tons near coastal. I did not ask or request that, they just did it.
Never even got close to skippering any vessel of that tonnage.
As to sea time: It took me five years to earn the 720 days of documented sea time in order to sit for my original license. I had worked as an instructor, first teaching basic sailing on 25 and 30 footers. The larger intermediate and advanced lessons on vessels up to 55 ft.
Also, taught coastal piloting and navigation
, marine weather
, in class rooms. Also took out charters, etc, etc. Deliveries were on my own, and not thru the sailing club.
Also lead flotillas ... Newport Beach
to Catalina Island
as our members had to have their sea time, and courses completed, and do the flotila training passage
in order to qualify to take our boats there on their own. They also had to have completed all of the sailing courses, and passed all of their check outs. And passed all of their written exams including coastal navigation
for any of our vessels, Their check out sail on the water, included single
handing and departing the dock
and later after reefing, manuevering , trimming sails
, etc, they had to dock under sail single
My sea time was accurate and no B.S. as it was on the Sailing Clubs computers
that all morphed into several decades of leading international sailing flotillas in
, Socal waters and off shore islands, the british virgin islands
, the french west indies, and the windwards and grenadines. Plus the non revenue fun sailing vacations in Australia
Have I run into the bar banger , warf rats that faked their sea time, or just flat lied about their certificates issued by the U.S.C.G. Testing facility Long Beach ? You betcha, but, we did not have those types working for us.
You only need a U.S.C.G. Merchant marine captain
license if you are working for hire. Some, with their own vessel, wish to study, and pass the test for their six pack. No more than six passengers. Good on them, That, requires 360 days documented sea time.
From hanging around marinas
for lots of decades, it is obvious that most vessels sit in their docks with very little water passing under their keels. WAG is maybe the owners take them out 12 times a year. Maybe.
What was the outcome of the above : Nearly 40 years sailing and motor
vessels, instructing, charters, deliveries, international sailing, wonderful great friends, marvelous adventures, and most important, my very special lady, and excellent sailor that I met 36 years ago who was one of my sailing students. she owned a crealock
37, that she also had on lease
back with the sailing club.
To end this, I actually had two simultaneous careers, the sailing you just got briefed on...the other concurrent career was amazing as well. Commercial
Pilot rating, flight intructor, charter
pilot, corporate pilot and the last 17 years ( 2500 missions ) as an I.P ( instuctor pilot ) for Air Combat USA, ( formation, gunsite tracking, basic fighter maneuvers, and 6 full on five and six G dog fights.)
it has been one phenominal and rewarding and fun life style. But, fact is, qeezerdom has done crept up a bit, no more flying, but we are still bare boating
, or will be once covid is no longer a factor.
We never made it to living aboard
and long duration cruising. Hmmmm, maybe if there is life after this one.... ??
Point being, the sailing and power boating
, and earning the U.S.C.G license, has been most rewarding. And we did all by following procedures .