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Just curious. I am familiar with Canadian and IMO law regarding masters tickets and I did have an OUVP many years ago (before they were called that). Canadian and IMO law requires a masters ticket to captain any vessel (commercial or private) over 20 meters LOA. Does the US have any such restriction ?
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I know if the boat is under hire you need the appropriate licenses. And not under charter, is depending on the size of the vessel will depend on whether you need a license or not.
But requiring a captain for most anything is one way to ensure that that person knows and understands the Rules and can navigate.
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Thanlks for the response but let me re-phrase. In Canada and Europe the owner of a private yacht over 20 meters cannot captain it without a ticket. Is that the case in the US ?
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However, if you are not the owner it is my understanding the Coast Guard will only accept a sign off by another licensed person.
Bubb, in 2007 this was not the case as all my sea time was documented with letters from two owners neither or whom were licensed -- one was a friend in the UK with whom I'd sailed a lot and the other was my wife, who's the legal "owner" of the boat I "operate" for her.

As to the topic of the OP --- Astra III that hasn't been out of the box in years except to be oiled now and then, and a 50T Masters w/sail and towing endorsements.
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Thanlks for the response but let me re-phrase. In Canada and Europe the owner of a private yacht over 20 meters cannot captain it without a ticket. Is that the case in the US ?
I could be wrong, but I don't believe there is any requirement in the US for a license to operate a private vessel not engaged in carrying passengers for hire regardless of size. I think the issue may arise in getting insurance for said vessel as the underwriters always consider the experience of the operator in pricing the risk.

EDIT: I stand corrected, may states seem to be requiring some form of certification for operation of "personal watercraft" (e.g. jet skis) and they do place age limits on operating such "vessels". Also, Google informed me that to operate a "Party Boat" in Texas you need a license. I'm not sure how they define a party boat in Texas, but my guess is that it must have at least four young things in string bikinis aboard and a minimum of 2 cases of cold beer in the cooler to qualify.

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Google informed me that to operate a "Party Boat" in Texas you need a license. I'm not sure how they define a party boat in Texas, but my guess is that it must have at least four young things in string bikinis aboard and a minimum of 2 cases of cold beer in the cooler to qualify.

Just Great! I'm breakin' the law.

I'm gonna have to toss either a case or a bikini clad girl over. I really like beer so . . . . . . . what to do? . . . . . . . what to do?
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But he never did say what brand was his Sextant. Which is what this thread is about.
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