Mr. Cavo Help with RFPNW

Can a sailor with an AB Special get his RFPNW having the assessments signed off and having the 180 days of sea time on 200 plus ton vessels all inland time. Thanks.:confused:

I’m fairly certain RFPNW assessments must be done outside the boundry lines, but that may just be OICNW.

I’ve wondered this myself. I have this notion that washington state ferries ABs (would be inland time) are able to get RFPNW, but i don’t actually know that for sure.

Policy letter 14-02 says, when describing the time required: “The record of sea service must include the name of the vessel, the dates of the training, indicate whether it was an [B]ocean or near coastal voyage[/B], and be signed…blah blah.” (bolding mine)

So, even though it doesn’t specifically state that inland time doesn’t count, it does appear that they expect ocean or near coastal time. I would love to hear Mr. Cavo, or another experts opinion on this.

46 C.F.R. § 15.1101

(3) Seagoing vessel means a self-propelled vessel in commercial service that operates beyond the Boundary Line established by 46 CFR part 7. It does not include a vessel that navigates exclusively on inland waters;

I believe all of pugeot sound is actually outside the boundry line, and thus costal. (But I could easily be confusing that with done other inland body of water that counts as costal.)

[QUOTE=Boatahaulic;59466]Can a sailor with an AB Special get his RFPNW having the assessments signed off and having the 180 days of sea time on 200 plus ton vessels all inland time. Thanks.:confused:[/QUOTE]

At present, no. All time must be on sea-going vessels, and as noted above, seagoing is defined in 46 CFR 10.107 as operating outside the boundary line (near coastal/oceans). We have an open suppl;emental notice of prosed rulemaking (SNPRM) in which we have PROPOSED to accept inland time. But at present, it’s not acceptable.

That’s nice to hear! I just wish it would have been ratified two years ago.

[QUOTE=Capt. Schmitt;59496]I believe all of pugeot sound is actually outside the boundry line, and thus costal. (But I could easily be confusing that with done other inland body of water that counts as costal.)[/QUOTE]

Perhaps that is why charts show the demarcation line and they actually publish the positions, so that Sons of Magellan don’t have to rely on faith based navigation.

46 CFR Part 7

33 CFR 80.1395

Aren’t “captains” supposed to know this stuff?

Apparently I am mistaken. I primarily use gCaptain from my phone so couldn’t look up weather I was thinking of the correct body of water.

Many Thanks to my fellow gCaptain mariners and Mr. Cavo for your enlightenment and useful information. gCaptain continues to be a great site to communicate with fellow mariners and to get answers to some of the tough questions we face in todays maritime world.