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  1. H3LlIoN

    North American Mini Fleet

    Oh. Cool. The class has you in two 1/2s, one of which was DNC. What kind of events are you doing with it? What's next?
  2. H3LlIoN

    Captain Licence Course

    Man what a legal mess that's going to be getting that all sorted out. It is important to note that fed law still says no, so regardless of state laws, don't get caught by the coasties or any other federal agency having too much fun aboard. Also of mention is that they just went up from like a 4 panel to a 7 panel screening, at least in my consortium, to add opiates, heroin, and some prescrip pills. I'm not sure if that was nationwide or just my consort though.
  3. H3LlIoN

    Captain Licence Course

    Nah. Doesn't take ages. Takes 360 days of sea service and an 11 day class. Also the 'extra nonsense' bit is laughable at best....coasties hardly require anything compared to stcw reqs.
  4. H3LlIoN

    Captain Licence Course

    they must still be requiring it for new licenses then, but not required after, although a lot of companies are still requiring it. it's pretty easy to get...you go to the outside contractor and they take a photo and some fingerprints then off it goes to the TSA. Nowadays they mail them to you. I just renewed mine last Monday and it arrived in the mail this monday. Not sure if it's as fast for a new one or not.
  5. H3LlIoN

    Tracking the Lindenberg 28's

    Got her, she's in Maine now laid up.
  6. H3LlIoN

    Captain Licence Course

    Another fun fact...save everyfuckingthing. The coast guard will be collecting a file on you, but they refuse to open it. Every upgrade, every renewal, every issue...you will have to resubmit all the same certificates, seatime letters, and records that you already submitted the last 10 times. Oh and if you call the REC and don't like the answer they give you, hang up and call back for a different one.
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    Captain Licence Course

    Getting a license really isn't that hard, especially if you're just after a small (<100t) or OUPV (6 pack.) Size of license at that level is depicted by your sea time. It would really help to know where you are but, at least east coast i'd say MPT in Lauderdale, Downeast in South Carolina, Chesapeake Marine Training or Mid Atlantic Maritime in Virginia, or downeast maritime in Maine. There are, as others mentioned, places you can do it online, but I don't think they administer the tests...i think you still have to go to the REC if you take it online. I may have that wrong, I didn't take it online. The advantage to in person is you're almost guaranteed to pass unless you're a complete idiot and/or can't tell your ass from your elbow on a chart, which is where most people fail. That and the rules of the road. Easiest way to pass rules...there's an app on android called Rules of the Road lite...download/install and whip it out every time you are dropping the kids off at the pool...you'll know your rules perfectly inside of two weeks. Cheapest way to do it is still to self study and go take it at REC. Twic is no longer required unless you are working in a secure facility. Medical is really not that big of a deal...it's good for 5 years except for international and pilotage which is only good for two. Google maritime consortium to join a group of drug testees. You can submit entire application via email these days...don't worry about getting it perfect. The coastie on the other end is going to defer it for "more information required" regardless of how much time you put in or how perfect you think it is, and most of the time you will end up arguing with an examiner over requirements that don't actually exist. If you go to the NMC (national maritime center) website and google checklists, they have a need and tidy organizer at each license level that shows the requirements. IF you are staying domestic, then you want the national checklists, as the STCW shit stacks up very quickly. Also important to note that you do not need stcw in Canoodia or Mexico, so really why bother? RYA is only really more relevant when you are working on yachts with douchebag passengers so, if that's your game, there's an RYA school in Newport IIRC. Internationally, US licenses are not sought after, but that has to do with the higher cost of American Mariners, not the licensing itself, although we are a couple decades behind on promises we made to the IMO to get our shit together. Truth be told, if McCane doesn't die before he finally repeals the Jones Act, there will no longer be an American Merchant Marine.
  8. H3LlIoN

    North American Mini Fleet

    Wichard...was wondering where that was. I appreciate the heads up but I can't afford anything that says "Annapolis" on the stern. GLWS Hey how come you guys never raced it?
  9. H3LlIoN

    Tracking the Lindenberg 28's

    Any leads on ownership? I have confirmed that she is still there, but they don't exactly hand out owner contact info...Anybody on base that can ask around without breaking protocol?
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    Tracking the Lindenberg 28's

    Still plugging away at this, and still looking for more information as people spot them. Gary Smith has passed away. Addiction, previously rumored to be in Bermuda, was indeed and had met an ill fate on a reef during a hurricane. What is left of her is now in Maine alongside the others and may see the line again. Also, the mythical 13th is (soft) confirmed and believed to be in FL. Feel free to post or PM me with more info and, if you happen to have one (or three) for sale, I happen to know a guy interested.
  11. H3LlIoN

    North American Mini Fleet

    Yeah...sad boat is sad. They said the keel damage was done with a travel lift while moving it around the yard.
  12. H3LlIoN

    North American Mini Fleet

    yeah....I've looked at that a couple times but I can't afford proto...looking for a classe boat. Thanks for looking out for me though!
  13. H3LlIoN

    North American Mini Fleet

    Interested in this and getting into Mini sailing.
  14. H3LlIoN

    Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    That's not actually the case. Direct from the NOR, "4.2 To apply for an invitation, submit an Application for Entry (“AFE”) and a $50 nonrefundable fee on the SailGate entry system by April 1, 2018. If the Captain and Navigator did not complete the 2014, or enter the 2016, Newport Bermuda Race in their respective capacities, the application must include an Offshore Experience Form detailing the Captain’s, Navigator’s and Watch Captains’ recent offshore sailing experience. The Technical Committee may also require additional information if the boat has not previously been rated in her current configuration under the rating rule applicable to the division for which she applied. 4.3 The OA may extend invitations to those that apply, provided: (1) the Qualifications Committee approves the Captain’s and Navigator’s offshore experience; and (2) the Technical Committee approves the boat’s eligibility for at least one of the race’s divisions, which are described as follows:"
  15. H3LlIoN

    Tracking the Lindenberg 28's

    Of course! I've raced on Cat's Paw and they are a ton of fun.