Based on what above statement? I think it is a possibility that YOU sir, may have some wires crossed "upstairs"...if you get my point i.e. "the lights are on but nobody's home".
You are probably right. I have sailed with union unlimited chiefs that were female that were very experienced, knowledgeable and smart and I am not yet anywhere near that level and probably can't hold a candle to them. I also don't have a chief unlimited license. That is kind of a requirement to be in charge of a whole big operation when you cant call any one for help.
It sounds like you haven't sailed on a workboat in recent days. They are a joke. Wipers think they are chiefs because they work on their car at home and because their buddies with the chief, cooks think they are the first officer because hey are having an affair with the captain.
The majority of the engineers are a joke. I did meet one female academy grad working the night watch. She didn't know what a coupling was when I went over there to ask for parts. She handed me a union fitting and asked if that was a coupling. Anyone who goes to work there learns from whoever is there...which apparently in most cases is not much!
If I speak of simple things, it is because it was the simple things that astounded me. i.e. The TLI system hasn't worked for two years...but no one bothered to check/replace the batteries in the UPS or unplug it from the UPS and plug it into the wall?? Really??? 2 Years???
Also, at most professional operations, someone telling someone to back off if they are indeed out of line is acceptable. Actually, I have never even had to to have that conversation with someone prior to working in the GoM. And that would be 7 years.
Yea, I couldn't hold a candle next to a 1st of chief unlimited regardless of their gender. I would say most people could learn to run a work boat considering what is required within a few months.