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Old 08-08-2013
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Re: Limits of Captains authority

Maybe the confusion in the USA is because they think the license to drive a boat makes them a "Captain"?

What does the actual license say?

In the rest of the world the word 'captain' is never used in the license to drive a boat.

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I've just checked the net and in the USA there is no such thing, that I can find, that makes one a Captain.

The most common is the 6-pack license:

Uninspected Passenger Vessel
Generally, operations that carry 6 or fewer passengers for hire are referred to as Uninspected Passenger Vessels (UPV), 6 Passenger (pax), or 6 Pack operations. .... the vessel operator must hold an Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) license issued by the Coast Guard.
So that person is not a Captain, merely a vessel Operator.
If there is another type of license often used then lets have a look at it

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I see how there can be misrepresentation when websites doing the exam call it a captains license:

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Last edited by MarkofSeaLife; 08-08-2013 at 08:43 AM.
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