My next problem is in regards to the wording in Section III on the CG 719S Small Vessel Sea Service
Is a skipper still considered to be the "Master" of a vessel?
Again, this was a private yacht (never chartered), flagged in the Cayman Islands, cruising in the caribbean in the winter and New England in the summer.
When I was hired (4 years ago as the sole crew) I was told that I would be merely the mate when the owner was onboard, but any time we cleared in anywhere, it was always my signature as the Master of the vessel.
I never told the owner that I had my captain's license and was never asked for a license in any of these ports.
So my question is: Would there be a problem with my signing the form as the Master and attesting to my own sea service?
I need this form to be able to get licensed, and I don't think the owner's gonna to be too keen to help me out.
Wishing this were as easy as eating all the strawberries and ice cream...
And btw, I've already flamed myself for letting this all go down as it has, damned hindsight.