Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Gloucester, MA
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In my experience, it is kind of up to the evaluator as to what counts for time but your boat will certainly count. I suspect that things have gotten stricter now that it is all centralized and not done in 1 location. When I got my first license at 18, the evaluator was willing to count time down to 15 years old and he actually counted a lot of time on small boats (15-20ft). When I renew, I no longer count that time. Rumor had it that when there was a florida examination office, they were known to give out time for jet skis, who knows whether that was true.
The thing that you will find when using time from your boat is that it will affect the tonnage of your license. This won't matter for an OUPV but if you want a 100 ton, you probably won't have the tonnage and will need to go for a 25 or 50 instead. I don't remember how many days you have to have at each tonnage level to get the different licenses but you should be able to find it. As long as you have 360 days total and 90 days in the past 5 years, you qualify for a six pack or a 25/50/100 inland. To get a near coastal license, you need 720 days of which at least 360 need to be beyond the inland line.
If you go for a license, take the towing and aux sail endorsements while you are at it. Both are 20 questions and you need at least half the number of days of required time as sail to go for that endorsement.
I hope that I am remembering this correctly. If I messed any of it up, someone please correct me.