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Re: Online Captains License or class room?
FWIW, I got my license without taking a class. To me the big value of a class is the instructor knows the requirements to get through the process, which are almost more confusing and complex than the NavRegs. Then you dont have do do your own homework on what license requirements/steps are rigid, what is flexible, what is dispensable. Assistance in training to the tests certainly is also a plus, especially with the NavRegs.
Getting 90% on the NavRegs does not come easy. I put together a deck of flash cards, and got a lights quiz slide rule, and for months whenever we were driving a distance, my wife would drill me on them. Even then, I got 88% on the first attempt....
The navigation test is no more difficult than the ASA nav class, if you need tuning up, study or take the class. I passed this with no particular prep.
The deck test mostly depends on learning how to use the CFRs and other open-book material which will be available, only experienced commercial mariners have a shot at actually knowing that material.
The sail endorsement should not be difficult for anyone who's sailed a number of years.
There is a recent thread on this subject.
PS - how's the lovely C&C 30, no regrets there, I bet.
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