Go Back   Cruiser Log World Cruising & Sailing Forums > Cruising Forums > General Cruising Forum
Cruiser Wiki Click Here to Login

Join Cruiser Log Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-05-2008, 01:10 PM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 4
Send a message via Yahoo to Deafhawk
Thumbs up

July 29 was the 41st anniversary of obtaining my Sea Plane rating from the FAA. Since 1966 I have held Private and Commercial Licenses with ratings for Land, Sea, Instruments and Multi-Engines. I have well over 10,000 hours flying time in many parts of the world. The last three years I have owned s/v Shambhala, a 37' Zeeland Yawl, built by Mooreman in Schiedam, Holland. We have sailed to La Ceiba, Honduras, Marsh Harbor, Bahamas and many times to the Keys. I figure if something goes wrong on the boat, I've already got it half licked – I'm already on the surface and I'm not going to crash into it. If I do crash into anything, I'm only going six knots and not 106 knots. The boat and the aircraft are in the same weather – I just can't go around or over anything in the boat. Of course things have gone wrong on the boat and in aircraft. I'm happy to say that I'm here to tell you about it and I still get to use the boat and the aircraft again. I've seen some well educated and licensed Captains react badly in a crisis. Seems they can't train for that.

So, I thought it would be good to get a "Captain's" license from the Coast Guard. I enquired with a school that does a lot of advertising (that they take care of the USCG red tape) and got the following response:

"We are unable to accommodate your request. We suggest you follow-up on the matter with the USCG to determine the possibility of licensing considering the Code of Federal Regulation regarding physical standards. We do not believe that they will waive the physical requirements, and the matter would be put to rest. If they waive them for you, they would also have to waive multiple requirements and constraints placed on us for classroom procedures and instructor qualifications. We are not prepared to request the waiver from the USCG unless and until it would be appropriate to do so."

Obviously written by an ex Coastie. I can sue the school under the ADA and I can sue the USCG under Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974. But I will be 90 years old and will have circumnavigated the globe a couple times by the time I get a license that way. I have 60 years experience accommodating myself with oral skills, hearing aids and tons of assisted listening devises. English is my second language, American Sign Language is first. However I speak better than everybody in Texas. (Probably Georgia also, but they might be offended if I said that, Texans don't care.) I can sail any where.

Where is the closest place to Sarasota where I can get a RYA or some other certificate?

Deafhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2008, 05:13 PM   #2
JeanneP's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 2,098

Why do you want a captain's license? Are you planning on running crewed charters on your boat? If so, I can make a good case for not granting you a license.

Otherwise, what do you think that having a license will accomplish?

In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

MV WATERMELON (New) | Cruiser's Dictionary, free ebook

= Cruiser's Dictionary, North America,
JeanneP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
Moderator/Wiki Sysop
Istioploos's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Home Port: Samos
Vessel Name: S/Y Thetis
Posts: 559

Try contacting International Yacht Training in Florida. They may be able to help.

Best regards

The World Cruising and Sailing Wiki

Help to build this free, online world Cruising Guide

Built by cruisers, for cruisers.

=Mediterranean,Black Sea,North Atlantic,Caribbean
I've Contributed to the Cruisers Wiki: Mediterranean, Black Sea, Atlantic
Istioploos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 06:27 AM   #4
Rear Admiral
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 437


I'm certainly no expert, but...

I feel certain that you know better than anyone else around here about overcoming obsitles... and should therefore persue that which you wish to accomplish.

Just stick to it and present your case.

Good luck and please keep us posted about your quest.

Carry On,

Gallivanters is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking For A Skipper nymeria Cruising Crew Wanted 4 04-27-2012 02:11 AM
Pirates Kill French Catamaran Skipper MMNETSEA Regional Piracy 0 09-13-2011 12:30 PM
Ways To Get Skipper Cert In Eu? magwas General Cruising Forum 3 10-05-2009 10:56 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0