I have to say that I have a very heavy and burdened heart when it comes to my 1600T upgrade I am currently studying for. There is so much that I cannot understand and so much speculation from other crewmembers that I just don’t know what to believe. I am referring to the requirements; not the course material itself. I would appreciate some very specific questions be answered. Please do not brow-beat me if these were answered time and time again. For specifics, I currently have the following:
200T Mate NC, 100T Master NC, 500 ITC W Radar, ARPA and GMDSS Endorsement. AB OSV.
1080 12hr days underway. Of those days, (aprx)
200 days were as AB on 859 GRT (Not ITC) Vessel
440 days were as AB on 384 GRT (Not ITC) Vessel
180 days were as AB on 200 GRT or Less Vessel
260 days were as Mate on 195 GRT Vessel
If I am reading these policy letters correctly, I will very soon (100 more days as Mate) be eligible for Master 500/Mate 1600. Is this correct?
When I finally reach 720 days as Mate or Master sea-time, will my license be eligible for 1600T Master upgrade or will I have to re-test at that time?
Ok, the next part. PL01-02 page 1-2 under #6 states Training and Assessment of skills and has many things listed such as Meteorology, Basic Ship Stability, Ship Construction, etc. Are these really classes I have to take? Seriously? I sincerely hope I have been told right all this time that by simply studying on my own and taking certain courses (Advanced FF, GMDSS, etc) that I could get my 1600T without having to spend months at school and off the job. If this is the case, I understand why people opt to go with the Mate OSV program but I want more.
Alright, lastly about Lapware vs Hawsepipe. Is Lapware really worth it? I have been using the 500/1600 CD from Hawsepipe and am not entirely satisfied with it, especially when I find a problem I don’t know the answer for and don’t know where to go to find the answer. What kind of Internet speed do you need… ie, is satellite too slow to make lapware work?
Thanks guys, I do appreciate it.