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Officially Captains


I wrote back in May that Smitty Now Has Two Captains. That is when we had passed our tests and received the certificates from New England Maritime.  Shortly after that we submitted the actual paperwork to the US Coast Guard.  After going back and forth a couple of times about the medial forms that the doctor had filled out incorrectly, we have finally been issued our Merchant Mariner Credentials.


Here’s the funny thing. We literally submitted the exact same application. I did the sea time form once and just changed the name on it for my Bride.  All of the information was exactly the same….

We applied for 25 ton Master on inland waters and OUPV on Near Coastal Waters (this is “off shore” based on how the USCG handles these things).  I received a credential for a Master of up to a 50 ton vessel.

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However, my Bride received a credential for a Master of up to 100 ton vessel.

S Lic

I guess this makes her the true captain of s/v Smitty!

8 thoughts on “Officially Captains

  1. Congrats! I’m sure the 100 – Ton rating can be used to your advantage at some point?

  2. Congrats, that’s awesome. Vicky and I will hopefully be applying for our after this upcoming trip! Hope to run into you guys down the ICW in the fall

  3. Congratulations you two!

  4. Congratulations Captains! Gotta love bureaucratic inconsistency.

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