Logging sea time (Captains-your input please!)
I'm sure this has been covered, but I did a search and none of the topics in the search query were related at all.
I have a specific question regarding logging sea time that I'm learning may be a gray area and might be more opinion than anything else. It should be noted that I have read posts on other forums also and not gotten clear answers.
So, for a recreational sailor logging sea time, I have been told (by a friend who holds a 200 ton captain's license, that time spent at the dock can be logged. After reading around on various sites, and reading some of the regs, the time must be "underway" or in a "work capacity." The "work capacity" bit is more geared towards people working on a boat as a profession, whether on a commercial vessel, or on a private yacht that they've been hired on for some sort of job. So that doesn't apply to me.
Per 46 CFR 10.107, for vessels under 100GT, one day of sea time can be logged if you are "underway" for a period more than 4 hours, but no overtime is eligible. You can get day and a half sea time only if you work a "six on, six off" schedule. This mostly won't apply to me, but if I anchor for a couple of days, I may encounter this six on, six off schedule. But I'm told time at anchor does not count (see the answer to my question below.) It seems to me like it should though.
I have emailed someone in the USCG Mariner Credentialing Program...
My question to him:
"I've been told that I can log time, even if I don't leave the dock. After reading a bit online, it looks like the time logged needs to be either underway or in some sort of work capacity, which makes more sense to me. Can I log time even if I'm not preparing to leave the dock? And can this include time at anchor, even if that is for a couple days? While at anchor, I still need to monitor the anchor, batteries, and other systems."
"My understanding is underway is defined as it is in the COLREGS, time not at anchor, not aground, and not tied to a dock."
In other forums, captains with big tickets have said that they log sea time even at the dock, if they are working, plotting, checking systems, etc, because it is all necessary experience. It makes sense to me that if I were preparing to get underway, the time I spend stowing gear, warming the engine, plotting a course, etc could be logged. Once I'm underway, I won't be plotting any courses typically. Of course, I'll need to make sure I stay on course and check my location, but plotting the course has already been done before I leave the dock. Additionally, monitoring batteries, thru hulls, etc has been done prior to leaving the dock.
One question I had that was not answered is this:
Should I be logging the time I'm on and the time I'm off, or should I just log "one day" or "8 hours", etc? If no overtime is given, it should all be one day, but I would think the more you document, the better, so having the actual time in your log would be more evident that you aren't trying to cheat your hours.
Also, while underway (I forgot to ask this), should I be logging my location periodically? Say, every hour or so, so that they can see I'm able to stay on course?
Thanks to anyone that replies, but I would prefer that replies are not just speculations. I can speculate, but that doesn't help.