I am looking for good study materials for a 500 ton near coastal master. I currently have general navigation for upper tonnage, general safety for upper tonnage, general deck for upper tonnage manuals from the maritime institute in San Diego. I also have near coastal navigation (terrestrial) from Houston Marine as well as my USCG navigational rules and a 1984 edition of the practical navigator. What suggestions do you have for other study materials? I don’t have any charts to practice chart plotting either.
Secondly, I’d like to know what courses I’ll need to complete in order to operate with a 500 ton near coastal master. I currently have the following credentials: Radar unlimited, AB unlimited, STCW basic safety training, PSC Lifeboatman, Advanced fire fighting, RFPNW, Able seafarer-deck.
I just finished taking my Chief Mate exams under the old system. I’m not sure if the new test questions are using the same reference material or not. I used a 1981 Bowditch volume 2, reprints of the 1983 tide and tidal current tables, coast pilot, deck illustration exam guide, Formuale for the Mariner, 1983 Nautical Almanac, Starfinder 2102-D and the Stability Data reference guide. I also used Captain Joe’s software that I bought for less than $100 online. I used Lapware for the last couple of weeks of studying and found it very helpful.