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I think we are talking at cross-purposes here.
Running a charter boat isn't the goal, getting the sort of certification that gets you credibility as a private yacht skipper in distant harbours and insurance discounts for those places that demand to see insurance is. The OUPV (the "Captain", not the "Master" ticket, which seems more "pro") appears to be like Step 1 in running a sailing B&B on the side, i.e. a charter boat going, say, from Miami to Grand Bahama.
I am just talking about offshore stuff. In Toronto, you can put boat insurance as a rider on car or house insurance. It is only recently that you needed a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card, which is a challenge test you can sit for $20 at a boat show and is extremely basic: the G1 very restricted car licence is more difficult to get, and almost anyone can get that.
A delivery skipper would gravitate, I suppose, to the "master's" version of the OUPV, because that's orientated toward a tonnage/seamanship requirement that seems to preclude extra crew. Or so it seems. I would imagine that if you ran, even as a sideline, a yacht delivery service, your clients and your insurers would want a 100-ton ticket.
It is a mystery to me, however, how the individual sailor is supposed to acquire this "sea time", as who actually counter-signs your 360 log sheets showing you sailing in circles in four-hour stretches? I must already have this, and unlike a lot of recreational sailors, I keep a dated log, but it's just me scribbling in a binder, if you know what I mean. The only "sea hours" I could conceivably get counter-signed would be the two days in 2007 I spent crewing for Alex in Portugal...which is maybe 26 hours in total, of maybe which I spent three alone on the helm in what I would consider "a watch"...
Show up in Britain on the other hand on your own keel and at least they KNOW you've done 25 or so straight days of 24-hour sailing...