Renewal without the requisite 360 days of seatime


#1

So my license is up in January 2020; I haven’t really sailed since I renewed it in ‘15.
I’m anticipating sailing again within the next few months but looking at how much time I’m thinking I’ll get I may not get the days.
Anybody do that “take-home” test the USCG mails out in recent years? Any experiences, advice, or words of wisdom?
I have a 2nd Unlimited Oceans, AB Unlimited, etc… the capacity I hope to be sailing in will only really require the AB, but it’d be nice to keep the mate portion.
FWIW I think I’ll be able to get the days by sailing unpaid as an observer on “off” days/the layoff season (it’ll be with WSF if All goes well) but wanna start lining up my ducks.


#2

You will be looking at refreshing the STCW portion as well as the domestic side of things.


#3

The take home test isn’t tough, except that some of the questions look like they were written by Admiral Zukunft.

Ctrl F is your friend.


#4

How is shipyard time counted for renewal only, not for upgrades? I’ve seen 3 to 1 and 2 to 1 for upgrading a license, but if its just to keep the license going I feel like I saw something saying in the CFRs that it is day for day…


#5

See 46 CFR 10.232(e).