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post #31 of Old 04-07-2013
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Re: captains license

My mate and I have over 35 years sailing in both inland and salt water. We have a couple of Gulf crossings and are now underway on to a three year cruise. About three years ago i started taking on-line course toward my USCG license. I how have a Masters 50 ton with sail endorsement. That said, I think on-line, though flexible is a harder way to go. For one thing, you are studying course material without benefit of all the short cuts one might learn in class and discussions explaining the rules. When presented in pure form, it is not study to the test but rather study to understand. Again, it takes longer and is harder but you still get to the same test sooner or later. It does not do one any favors to study to the test. Understanding is what separates those with the paper from the true captain who always looks for rule situations at sea.
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