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Old 02-15-2010
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OUPV Masters License question

Im getting ready to take my OUPV test in a couple days. Ive got all the sea time I need for the standard inland license as I own my own boat (360 days since 15 years of age, 90 of those days in the last 3 years).

I want to get my Masters inland license with 25, 50 or 100 tonnage, but I believe they award you tonnage ratings by whats called "recency experience", meaning what you have gained your most recent experience on.

This begs the question (at least for me) how do you get a Captains experience (like steering) on a high tonnage vessel, before you have the credentials to actually steer & command? If Im a deck hand, for 3 years, pass the test, then I can just step up to the bridge the day after, and take command? Im missing something here..

Dave in New Bern NC
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