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Licensing & Family Crewing Questions
My family and I have been thinking about crewing for boats in the ocean. We currently have a 25' Tanzer that we sail in Lake Pend Oreille, in Idaho. In my research, I found that there are several steps to obtaining the proper licensing and training prior to working on a boat at sea. I would like your opinion on what I have found. Firstly, one must accumulate 360 days of service on deck on a vessel operating in the ocean or navigable waters, of which 90 days of those must be on a vessel of over 151 tons. This time can be accumulated from 16yrs of age and must be logged on a coast guard form CG-719S:
1. Name and documentation/official number of each vessel on which the service was obtained.
2. Vessel's gross tonnage, shaft horsepower and type of propulsion.
3. Number of days underway on each vessel including the dates the service was obtained.
4. Number of days spent in each type of route (Ocean, Near Coastal, Inland, specific river or
5. Average number of hours worked per day.
6. A brief description of duties or work performed
Once you have attained your hours you are eligible to be authorized to test for????........and this is where I become confused????
Test for what??
-MMD (Merchant Marine Document - used to be Z card)??
-Master 100 or 200??
In addition to these licenses there is also:
-TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential)
-STCW95 (Standards of training, certification and watch keeping)
-Physical exam (On a CG-719K form)
Do you know which licenses I need??
Our thought/dream/fantasy would be for us to eventually crew as a family, when are 2 boys are in their teens, in the ocean. This is probably a long shot, but worth a try. The more realistic thought is for my wife and I to obtain licensing, log hours, and gain more experience, and then go after the boys are 18......we'll see . I'm a 19yr helicopter mechanic / inspector(A&P IA) w/ private pilot license, HAM radio operator. Any direction would be most appreciated, jobs, advice, how to mix my skills, etc.... Thank you so much for your time.