Oct 22 2018

Getting your Captain’s License

Published by at 8:51 am under Liveaboard Topics,Shilshole Neighbors

In the boating world, when someone says they are a “captain”, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have some Napoleon complex on their own boat and like to wear black berets (although those people do exist).  It generally means that they have undergone complex studies and a rigorous exam to earn the title.  With it (OUPV, 6-Pack), you can legally take paying passengers out on a boat.  You can deliver boats for the owners or brokers. It may reduce your insurance rate, and carries weight when chartering.

You see the ads everywhere for local classes.  They are held in classrooms, online or personal study…all to fit your schedule.  Winter is a good time to consider this as the boat is usually tucked away.  Here are couple local organizations but also check out the marine stores, yacht brokers, and boating magazines for references…







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2 Responses to “Getting your Captain’s License”

  1. Jeffon 23 Oct 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I’m a live aboard San Diego boater and I’m looking for a Liveaboard slip for a 52’ boat from about 11/1/20-5/1/21 in the Seattle area. Any help or advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
    Jeff Pollak

  2. Kristen Sierraon 27 Oct 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I am a liveaboard here at Shilshole Bay Marina. Subletting a slip is normally done by checking the bulletin board outside the office here at the Marina. There is generally a list on the board that gives all the
    sublets available. I have not ever seen a sublet list that has gone out more than 6 months. You might want to get a hold of the marina staff and put your name on the liveaboard wait list. This would not be the easiest way to go but, it is the most likely given your time frame.
    I sublet my slip when my husband left for Mexico in 2008. We sublet the slip for just short of a year. This occurred by listing our slip before leaving (2 months before we left.)
    You could put an ad in 48 Degrees, a local sailing monthly magazine.
    Best of Luck

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