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Old 08-04-2018, 05:23   #1
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Six Pack Courses

I am taking a chance at getting more spam than I may want, but here goes.

I am considering getting a six pack so I can take people out on my boat for pay.

I am looking for opinions from those who offer or have taken courses either in person or online about which is the best way to go.

I am currently unemployed so cost is a concern. But I want to be able to ensure my passengers that I know what I'm doing, not with standing my sailing experiences spanning 40 years .
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:49   #2
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Many questions about USCG Licensing.

Previous discussions linked here:
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:00   #3
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Thanks, I did a search for "six pack" and got the Joke thread.

Wondering if thats a sign
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:20   #4
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I think you should make sure you have a viable business plan before you make the investment.


Some questions:
Is there a market where you are? (size, competitors, etc.)
Can you attract paying tourists? (Are you a good marketer? Do you have a YouTube channel or blog that gets traffic? Will your boat be suitable/attractive for a TripAdvisor listing? Do you have a sociable style that will evoke rave reviews?)
Can you book enough trips and earn enough per day to cover your costs and make a decent living?
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It is now call an OUPV
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>> Is there a market where you are? (size, competitors, etc.)
yes
>>Can you attract paying tourists?
already have, but turned them away

>>Are you a good marketer?
no, which is why i have time to think about studying for a captains license.

>>Do you have a YouTube channel or blog that gets traffic?
no

>>Will your boat be suitable/attractive for a TripAdvisor listing?
yes, I have nonpaying guests all the time.
I've had returning guests

>>Do you have a sociable style that will evoke rave reviews?
no, i am a dweeb. I plan to hire sociability

>>Can you book enough trips and earn enough per day to cover your costs >>and make a decent living?

if get enough for slip fees + food and beverages, I'm good
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Re: Six Pack Courses

If you're good at self study, one of the books is more than adequate if your specific goal is to pass the test:

This one comes with a CD and a zillion practice tests/questions:

https://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Capt...40_&dpSrc=srch
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If you're looking for a real sit down with class school that doesn't just give you the answers to the test check out Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart and Mariners' Professional Training in Ft. Lauderdale.
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It is now call an OUPV
Actually, it's been OUPV (operator of uninspected power vessels) forever.
"6-pack" is just a slang term.
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I am under the impression that getting a 100t Master’s is negligibly more difficult than OUVP. Does anyone know for sure?
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I am under the impression that getting a 100t Master’s is negligibly more difficult than OUVP. Does anyone know for sure?
The biggest difference is the amount of sea time required. The test also covers more ground. Or water lol.
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I am under the impression that getting a 100t Master’s is negligibly more difficult than OUVP. Does anyone know for sure?

The tests were not appreciably more comprehensive... although things like firefighting equipment on big ships was new to me. Different sea time requirements.

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