Today is a huge day for me. It took me 2 rounds but I finally finished all of my tests and will soon have my 1600 ton master oceans in hand! Although it took me 2 rounds my final scores ended up being 100 plot, 100 terrestrial, 94 rules, 92 deck general, and a pair of 86’s on safety and nav general. I would have been plenty happy with 90’s and 70’s!haha…As of right now I’m pretty up to date/speed on the process and what’s showing up on the tests. If any of you have any questions feel free to let me know.
Although it pains me big time that I can’t tell him, I want to say a huge thanks to my friend and peer Richard Lippencott, who passed away a couple of years ago. When I was in my early 20’s I was living on a boat and Richard was my neighbor. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my life at that point. I knew I liked boats and was interested in working on them, but had no idea how to get started. Richard worked at Tidewater at the time, and gave me the kick in the ass and the connection to get started. I went to work for Tidewater as an os and that was in 1998. I kept in touch with Richard over the years and usually checked in with him a few times a year. One time I called and his phone wasn’t working so I called his work (Graham) and they told me the terrible news I am very thankful to him for showing me the path that I chose to take and I will be forever grateful for that.
I know we all take different paths to get to the same place, and mine has been a long one and I’m not complaining! (except for a few coast guard rec fuckings! Old system btw, the nmc and new system has been great as far as I’m concerned!). I’m super relieved to finish this part of the venture! I thought that this was my goal, but now those unlimited licenses are sounding tempting!!haha…Thanks for taking the time to read my babbling!