For years I’ve thought 10.407© would be a great way to get my 3d AGT since I’m driving in the Gulf. So that’s how I applied. However, now I realize that an initial tonnage restriction is all but mandatory. [U]See[/U] 10.402(b) (“under 10.407© a tonnage restriction is placed on the license based on applicant’s qualifying experience”). What if, however, I show that I’ve been driving 1600+ ton boats on my 1600 Master Ocean - like for months and months? Can I avoid the 407© tonnage restriction (which seems like an endless process to get out of once in) ??? How much heavy time would I need to show up front for unlimited 3d Mate application under 407© i.e. one half of 1 year or one half of 3 years?
Evaluator says she’s ready to approve; I said wait and I’ll show you heavy sea time. She says “Why wait?” like the restriction is inevitable. Seems like maybe others have avoided the restriction. How’d you do it? Comments welcomed. Thanks. DAP