Was wondering about the sea time requirements for AB special. The coast guard page says any deck service on navigable waters of the US. Would service on your own small boat count like it would for OUPV?
This is a good question for @jdcavo
My first AB was special…got it back in 1999 or 2000. Anyway, i didn’t have the seatime to get unlimited, didn’t have the tonnage to get limited. I qualified for special, and i specifically remember the requirement was ‘on vessels over 65 ft.’ I just looked at the checklist and referred to the cfr. I only see that 65 ft requirement for AB Modu, ironically.
Circling back to original question, the answer is YES. Time self-certified on your own small vessel can count for AB just as any other endorsement.
Thanks, was wondering how fast you really could
Get a AB special if you tried. I guess that kind of sums it up.