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Greetings ladies and gents,
I've recently adopted the boating lifestyle, having spent the last month on a Catamaran and currently helping to deliver a motoryatch to the great lakes.

I need to get my STCW certification somewhere on the east coast. I figured on Boston, Newport, Charleston or something of the like. I started my current trip in Lauderdale which was fine and dandy but hurricane season has those under sail moving north.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a good maritime school with some serious sailboat activity nearby in the next month? Opinons, interjections, personal experiences?
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In NY we have: http://www.sunymaritime.edu/
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United States Merchant Marine Academy
both should offer the STCW watch standing courses. King's Point may have more of a sailing program then SUNY Maritime but they are both good.
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Mass maritime offers the course IIRC and is in Massachusetts.
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For what kind of license? STCW certification is normally required only for international service. Sounds like you are new to boating. To get a 6-pack or limited tonnage captains license will require documenting experience (days of boating) and taking a course and/or passing a test. Check the USCG website for details.
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You can get a 100-ton license without STCW. 200 and above requires it.
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