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Old 01-12-2010
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Originally Posted by CoastalEddie View Post
I have never received any sort of license from the Coast Guard. The only piece of paper I have with which any sort of title is associated allows me to be called Dr. Eddie (as in PhuDdy-duddy).

Hey, wait a minute. I also have a Masters Degree in Marine Biology (and Limnology). Does that make me a "Marine Master"?

Ok, it seems that in the States you can pick any boat any size and if it is a non commercial boat you can sail it anywhere, without any sort of restriction. IT is like this?

In the majority of the EC countries you need a license. You can get a basic one for an small open boat, near shore...and you are a sailor, or you can upgrade to different levels till you get your unrestricted license...and you are an Ocean skipper.
For each one you have a course that varies in time and complexity, accordingly with the license and have always to pass a theoretical and a practical proof.

Last edited by PCP; 01-12-2010 at 03:10 PM.
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