[QUOTE=DeckApe;55938]If we are talking theoretical possibilities with no chance if working in reality six years is possible. Start off on a time and a half ship as deckhand for 720 real days (1080 days seatime) to get AB-unlimited and hawsepipe to 3/M. That part could be done in just over two years vs four years at academy. A few more years doing 3/M, 2/M, C/M plus time ashore for schools and that would be less than six years.
But this is all talk. No one could do this unless their family owned the shipping company and practiced shameless nepotism.[/QUOTE]
First of all it is 1080 eight hour days or 720 twelve hour days just to get your unlimited AB. After that you must have six months as an AB. Then you have at least four months of school before you can even apply to test. Go ahead and add two months of waiting on NMC and testing. That puts us at three years and this does not include any off time at all. Now the 360 eight hour days to get your second mate and then the same to qualify for chief mate. Add two months messing around with NMC This puts us at five years and two months. Now go to school again for another four months and an additional two months messing with NMC. Now we are at five years eight months. You pass the test and get your chief mate license. Now you need to have a.chief mate position. I can’t even estimate how long that may take. It took me over a year to get a position then I had to accumulate my time. Let’s not even use that year, you need 360 days to upgrade to unlimited master. Add two months screwing around with NMC and we are at six years ten months. Keep in mind you have not had any off time during this whole period of your life. It is impossible to do this in six years.