- Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vehicles (OUPV) – Also known as a “6-Pack” license, the OUPV is a very popular boat captain license that typically applies to diving, fishing and sightseeing boats. This license limits you to carrying no more than six passengers on uninspected vessels of not more than 65 feet in length. Moreover, this license cannot be obtained without 360 days’ experience on inland or near coastal waterways.
- OUPV Limited Credential – This license has a very specific purpose, which is to allow the captain to operate an uninspected vessel but only for a short period of time. This may include transporting individuals from a dock to a larger boat moored out in the water. At least 90 days of experience on the type of vessel that will be operated is needed before you can apply for this license. You will also have to finish a USCG-approved Safe Boating Course. It is also known as a “launchtender’s license”.
- Limited Master Credential – Those who have passed the USCG inspection and earned an inspection sticker should apply for the Limited Master Credential. To apply for this license, at least 120 days of service on the type of vessel that will be used is required. Completing a USCG-approved Safe Boating Course is also required. If the captain completes 120 days of service on a sail-powered vessel, the license can be extended to cover sailing vessels.
- Master, 100 Tons Credential – This type of license allows the captain to operate vessels weighing up to 100 tons. The vessel can have as many passengers on board as it will legally hold. To apply for this license, at least 360 days of service on any vessel is required. You can also qualify for a tow boat assistance license by taking a separate exam.
If your insurance company requested an evaluation and/or training, you can get either (or both) from Captain Dave Subers.
New boat owners as well as experienced yachters with new policies are often requested to have a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain sign off on the yacht owner’s vessel familiarity and operation before the new boat’s insurance policy goes into effect.