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Captain on smaller boats, but how to mate bigger?
Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016 1:26 AM
Joined: 23/02/2016
Posts: 2

Of course my post somehow gets corrupted in the first 12 hours…

Anyway, This gist is:  

I have over 10 years experience in Private Estates, and yachts under 85' both as Captain, and mate.  

I currently hold a USCG STCW Master 500 GT and Yachtmaster Offshore plus various modules on both US and MCA side.  3 courses left towards OOW.  

I'd really like to move into vessels over 40m as a Mate and learn ISM/ISPS and get as much time underway on the bridge as I can while I continue my education.  

The agencies are telling me this is realistic, but I'm wondering if I should try to move onto something in the 35m range first, or maybe for bosun on something larger (45m+)?  

All your thoughts and experiences will be appreciated as always! 


Cpt. Cyril H
Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016 9:52 PM
Joined: 18/08/2013
Posts: 1


To my view you won't gain much moving toward a bosun's position. It will also be challenging especially if you've been a captain for so long. My advise is get your OOW on hand, find a 1st mate position onboard a yacht running mini ISM or a 2nd officer position on a larger yacht running full ISM.


Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:41 PM
Joined: 23/02/2016
Posts: 2

Thanks for the thoughts.  I'll keep my focus right where it is then and add 2nd to my search.  Much appreciated!!  

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