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Re: Limits of Captains authority

Jacldale and ChucklesR both have the answer. A Captain's authority follows from his responsibility. Simple as that. Whether you are commissioned, liscensed or not is irrelavent. If you are operating a vessel, yours, rented, borrowed or stolen, you have responsibility for its safe and legal operation, which gives you authority to take legal actions to insure it is so operated.
I also believe in the old Army teaching that you should not order someone to do something you are not willing to do yourself. Willing to, not necessarily capable of.
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but please, for the love of humanity, do not call yourself Captain nor your wife the Admiral. (hmmmm pet hate perhaps ?)
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Re: Limits of Captains authority

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but please, for the love of humanity, do not call yourself Captain nor your wife the Admiral. (hmmmm pet hate perhaps ?)
I agree. Although I know lots and lots of women are OK with it, for some reason calling a woman "Admiral" just sounds condescending to me.
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There are NO LIMITS for a Captain! MuhAHAHAHAHAHA
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I agree. Although I know lots and lots of women are OK with it, for some reason calling a woman "Admiral" just sounds condescending to me.
That's because it IS condescending ... and the title seems to come with an implicit eye roll "yes, dear."

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Re: Limits of Captains authority

No.... like SWMBO its half serious.... its the way a lot of guys like to operate. Make the wife the heavy or the boss... they say the wife is in charge then they aren't responsible for anything. I have some friends and relatives like that. You ask if they want to go to the movies and they have to ask their wife what they are doing that night. As a guy, I find it incredibly annoying. Thats where I think the admiral thing comes from. Some guys say "the boss" or SWMBO.

Captain? captain? ha!!! On my boat the "captain" is the person holding the tiller...and is generally subjected to non stop scorn complaints and abuse.
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There are NO LIMITS for a Captain! MuhAHAHAHAHAHA
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That's because it IS condescending ... and the title seems to come with an implicit eye roll "yes, dear."
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I agree. Although I know lots and lots of women are OK with it, for some reason calling a woman "Admiral" just sounds condescending to me.
and of course none of us would ever consider such condescension now would we ?

All I know is calling the Wombet "Admiral" would place the twins in dire peril.
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(it happened all the time, especially SEAL and Mine warfare types. Some junior officers didn't get it and had to be shown the regulations and orders).
ChucklesR, Navy/Marine Corps aircraft have an exception where a flag officer can take over tactical command of an aircraft. Never had one do it, and I offered twice when we were having a "discussion" about the flights.

Do you know if Navy ships have the same rule?
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Ut oh....after reading this thread.....I think I may have exceeded my authority ever when I grabbed a guy on my boat by his balls & his hair & propelled him over the stern . But before anyone makes me out to be a complete cad , where I threw him overboard was easily on the path of my intended course change & I did pick him up & then landed him in Newport RI where I let him walk off the boat on his own .
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