OK, y’all, got a question.
Last fall I found work as a 100 T captain in the GOM, and was fortunate to get six months in before being recently laid off. My question is, what classes would be best to make myself to be a potentially valuable employee when things turn around, lifeboat or radar unlimited? Both are required for the 500 T ticket.
Within the next year I’d like to get a 500 T license, and need about another 120/180 days on a vessel over 50 tons. I have the BST and AB classes. So would I be better off getting my lifeboat class to get my AB unlimited, or radar class to increase my strenght as a 100 T captain applicant?
With the lifeboat class, I would have both 100 T and AB unlimited as possibile routes to get on a boat. Guess I’m really asking how important is an AB unlimited rating in the GOM?
Yes, it would be nice to get both right now, but time and $$ are a consideration…:o