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Re: Limits of Captains authority


There is the OUPV and there is the Masters.

Under the 72 Colregs, regardless if one has a license or not, the Captain legally calls the shots.

Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
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:

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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There isn't a device on this world that can measure the indifference I have for that statement.
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