Both the USCG 6-pack (OUPV) and the master’s near-coastal tickets prohibit “foreign voyages” but that is only for commercial
A sea-day for licensing purposes is generally considered to be at least 4 hours each calendar day continuously underway. Sail or cruise
for 2hrs, anchor
for lunch, sail or cruise
for 2hrs. more, none of it counts. There exceptions for commercial
crew, such as for those who start one day and finish the next.
360 documented sea-days for the OUPV, 720 documented for the lowest master’s rate. If you own your own boat
you can document your own time but don’t cheat. Include proof of ownership
. If you have chartered, submit your charter
records or copies of payment as documentation
. These, plus a lot of days self-documented will probably be accepted by the USCG.
Sounds like you have plenty of sea time for either the OUPV or masters, near-costal.
I’ve own boats in Hawaii
for over fifty years and sailed and raced to all the islands many times. I’ve owned two Moorings boats, one in French Polynesia
and other in the BVI
. I submitted my charter
paperwork with my original 50ton application, as well as with my documentation
for renewals and upgrades.
I agree with deValency, take a professional licensing class. It’s well worth it for the knowledge and as a refresher.
OS2dude is probably right. I had three Coasties in my initial licensing class and I ask them if I get boarded will you guys cut me some slack or go harder on me. Their answer, “Probably go harder on you.” But if you are not running a commercial operation I guess you don't have to show them your license
I’ve heard that USCG licensing cuts no ice with the Euro-charterers. They are in love with the Royal Yacht Master’s program. They blame it on their insurers but it’s just another way to get money
out of you.
Some think licensing has no effect on insurance
and that may have been true in the past but I’m currently insured for charter and bare-boat charter at a very reasonable rate for the entire Caribbean
, US East Coast
and the Bahamas
, except for the embargoed countries. This includes hurricane
coverage for the boat’s current
home in Puerto Rico
Catch me on the Trawlers Forum under "ProMaritime."