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Re: Recommendations for OUPV (6-pack) license?
If I was in your position I'd check out the biggest ticket that the USCG will issue you on the sea time and tonnage you have. You have plenty of time to get more tonnage by working on a bigger boat if you wish.
I've not gone through the modern system in which the CG has outsourced the licensing, but I believe if you have all your ducks in a row, the course and testing for anything up to 500 tons can be done in 5 days or so. Check on their web site under licensing and see where you are and where you might be able to get in the next 8 months. But even a 50 ton (I believe that is the smallest) Master's certificate would be more valuable if some day you decided to work on an inspected vessel, even as crew. Hopefully the TWIT (no error, that's what it is IMO) will no longer be necessary.
It will not help get cheaper rates on your insurance, but you probably won't have to bother w/state operators permits if you are traveling on a (your) boat. No one's ever asked me for any operator certification unless I was operating a certified vessel, and that was only the CG. States have nothing to say about the federally regulated vessels except for liquor and tax stuff.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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