Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
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Hey, guys.... I sure appreciate the congrats, but it's a bit premature.
What I've done is to pass the exam for the OUPV (Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel).
This is just the first step in a bunch of them to regain my 100-ton license which I very stupidly let lapse after having been licensed for over 25 years. I was under the impression that it was good for 10 years, not 5, and when I discovered the error it was more than past the 1-year grace period. Stupid, stupid, stupid. No excuse.
Don't ever do this. It means you have to start from the very beginning...no exceptions. To get the OUPV (or "6 pack") you have to pass the exam, of course, but also: a recent CPR and First Aid course, a hearing exam, an eye exam, a drug test, a physical exam, document your sea time, provide references, pay a bunch of money, etc., etc. Not fun.
Then, you need to take an upgrade exam and provide additional documentation and, if you want, additional exams for aux. sail endorsement, etc.
Altogether, a very long process.
Stay tuned :-)