My problem is that I have plenty of sea time, but none of it is on a vessel over 200 tons. The RFPNW requires 180 days sea service and @least 90 of those days on 200+ ton vessels and the assessments which have to be filled out by a qualified assessor on a vessel 100+tons or an approved school. Speaking with the CG they said that if i went to a school for the assessments then i would be issued an RFPNW “lookout” good for 1 year while i get the 200 ton time. My question is since all the school does is fill out the assessments (and cash an $800 check for 8 hrs) cant my capt. (who is a qualified assessor) on the vessel (which is 100tons) fill out the assessments instead the school? If not then why???