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Old 03-31-2007, 01:04 PM
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I am considering going to Sea School with a friend of mine in Naples, FL in about two weeks, but I was looking for comment on that from licensed Captains.

My experience should be enough to let me get a 50 ton with no problems, but there are some issues I need to address before plunking down the bucks to do the course.

I've logged thousands of miles on the Tennessee River and thousands on coastal waterways as well. I have no proof of this in the form of logbooks etc. but can have several licensed Captains vouch for me.

Then there is the issue of my being colorblind. I have no problems recognizing colors other than when I take a dot test as was required when I got my CDL. I convinced my Dr I could distinguish red, green, and yellow and he passed me. Can I use the same guy for the medical part of the Captain's license requirement for medical tests?

Any thoughts or info would be greatly appreciated!
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Freebird, I got my Captain's license through Sea School (100 ton master w/tow endorsement) I enjoyed the classes. Informative and fun.

On the experience, if you owned the boat you must include a copy of the registration or documentation. If it is another person's boat there is a place for them to sign on the sea service form.

They do not require copy's of a Captain's Log. But once you get your License you are required to keep one.

I am not sure on the color blind test. When I went through Sea School they had a doctor come in and give the exams for a fee if you wanted. On my renewal I had my family doctor fill out a form. It did have the color test in it. I am pretty sure you can use any Dr for the med part.



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Old 03-31-2007, 03:15 PM
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I don't know if you will pass. I have taken 3 exams for my license and all have required a color blindness teset. The medical form makes asks the Dr. which accepted test was administered. All 3x, I was goven the Ishihara test that looks like this.

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I don't know if you will pass. I have taken 3 exams for my license and all have required a color blindness teset. The medical form makes asks the Dr. which accepted test was administered. All 3x, I was goven the Ishihara test that looks like this.

Top left is 25, beyond that... ??? It's the blending of similiar colors which cause me problems. No problems distinguishing colors on nav aids or the like.

As to providing registration info on previously owned boats, boats are not titled in TN and when you sell a boat, you are required to mail the registration card back to the state.

I have a TN boat dealer's license and have for almost 20 years. I do not sell boats for a living and got the liscense to aid in my boating addiction. To that end, I have bought very few boats during that time which I registered in my name personally. Instead, they were registered in my company name, and when they were sold I collected sales tax on them and registered them for the new owners.

I suppose I need to see if I can contact Sea School for their take on all this. My buddy has made all the arrangements and I have still yet to confirm my plans as my life seems to take 180 degree turns on a daily basis here lately!

I'll post my findings here in the event someone else may have some of the same questions. If everything else checks out okay, I will go for as high a rating as I can get based on my experience. I've run everything from 100mph+ performance boats to 100ft+ houseboats and 70ft+ motoryachts, so I supposed time will tell as to what type of license, if any (colorblind) I can qualify for initially. I can always upgrade to a 100 ton later.
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I would call Sea School and see if the arrange for the medical. If so, take the medical first before paying for the school. Also go to the CG web sile and Download the med exam form - the accpetable eye exams are listed right on the form. research them all and see if there is one that is easier for you - you can can go a different type of doc for the test. On my first renewal I had my regular doctor fill out the form- and my eye doctor fillout the 2nd part of the form - Used 2 seperate forms, it confused the girl at the CG office, but with a little explaining t worked out ok. My eyes are bad that my license is conditioned to having corrective lenses with a spare pair on board. Good Luck
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Here is the sea service form


http://www.uscg.mil/STCW/download-docs/cg719s.pdf



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I just recently went through Sea School for my OUPV, Master, MROP, and CPR/FA. Highly recommend it
 
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Well...what are the answers to the dots??? I too am color blind and only can make the 25 out in the first circle. The others, I get nothing...squadouche, nada. I don't even see a pattern...

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2005 SeaCraft - 3/31/2007 8:58 PMWell...what are the answers to the dots??? I too am color blind and only can make the 25 out in the first circle. The others, I get nothing...squadouche, nada. I don't even see a pattern...Let's go flying!
25 29
45 56
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As we speak there's about a thousand 6-packs chasing the same school of redfish on the Mosquito Logoon
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I took my licence with sea school. I think you can get the phy including the color test using your doctor. What sucks is the renewal of the licence. I had to travel to Charleston SC which is about 4.5 hrs away, spend the night and hand deliver the paper work! It was a big waist of time and $$. USCG needs to change this!!
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I got my licence with sea school. I think you can get the phy including the color test using your doctor. What sucks is the renewal of the licence. I had to travel to Charleston SC which is about 4.5 hrs away, spend the night and hand deliver the paper work! It was a big waist of time and $$. USCG needs to change this!!
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chillywon - 3/31/2007 9:37 PMAs we speak there's about a thousand 6-packs chasing the same school of redfish on the Mosquito Logoon
The difference between a 100 ton Master and a large pizza.









A large pizza can actually feed a family of four

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yknot fishing - 3/31/2007 9:48 PMI got my licence with sea school. I think you can get the phy including the color test using your doctor. What sucks is the renewal of the licence. I had to travel to Charleston SC which is about 4.5 hrs away, spend the night and hand deliver the paper work! It was a big waist of time and $$. USCG needs to change this!!


If I am not mistaken you have to hand deliver your original app now.

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yknot fishing - 3/31/2007 9:48 PMI got my licence with sea school. I think you can get the phy including the color test using your doctor. What sucks is the renewal of the licence. I had to travel to Charleston SC which is about 4.5 hrs away, spend the night and hand deliver the paper work! It was a big waist of time and $$. USCG needs to change this!!


If I am not mistaken you have to hand deliver your original app now.

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Yes you do. You must appear in person at an REC for fingerprinting.
 
Old 04-01-2007, 12:28 PM
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My eye doc. confirmed I'm color blind and I even re-tested for CB at the USCG in Baltimore .

They administrated a test called, "Farnsworth Lantern Test". I also failed this test.

I still received my OUPV but I'm limited to "Daytime Operation Only"

I'm not concerned as I don't use my license for hire.


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Thanks for all the additional input!

I tried calling Sea School yesterday, but they won't be open until tomorrow. I'm glad I'm not the only one on here who can't make out the numbers in the dots! I was thinking I could see the 56 in the middle right, but it sure doesn't jump out at me!

I'll let you all know what I find out when I call Sea School tomorrow.
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:22 PM
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There is a school of thought that you shouldn't get any license unless you plan to use it. the logic is that should anything happen and you end up in a court of enquiry you will be held to a higher standard because of your license. Possibly a high price to pay to be able to say "I'm Captain. . . "

Take the class, take the test, learn the info and DON'T GET THE LICENSE UNLESS NEEDED.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:13 PM
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Go to Sea School I took it once and got divorced and did not follow through in getting my Lic. They let me take it a second time for FREE. I now have my Li. and Just Started my Charter service here in Melbourne. Catchandreleasecharters.org. As for the color blindness the doctors they provide are kind of like your best friend giving you the test. I was in class with a one legged dude. He was good to go...
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boatommy - 4/1/2007 9:22 PM

There is a school of thought that you shouldn't get any license unless you plan to use it. the logic is that should anything happen and you end up in a court of enquiry you will be held to a higher standard because of your license. Possibly a high price to pay to be able to say "I'm Captain. . . "

Take the class, take the test, learn the info and DON'T GET THE LICENSE UNLESS NEEDED.
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Thanks for the input, but I am well aware of the liability involved by becoming a licensed Captain as you pointed out.

I am in a very ambiguous stage of my life and I am seriously considering entering the charter business, boat deliveries, or both which would require a Captain's license. A good friend of mine who lives in Naples, FL is also goig to take the course, so we will be able to help each other. He and I are considering a joint venture together. I assure you this has nothing to do with ego or just wanting a title. Of course when I pass this course, I will expect ya'll to refer to me as Sir or Captain Freebird!

It is possible I will never need this license, but if/when the situation arises, better to have and not need as they say.

LOL As for the one legged guy who got his license, I'm assuming he wasn't color blind! I really don't think the colorblind thing will be a problem as it came up as part of my receiving my Commercial Driver's License several years ago.

Hell, in this day of political correctness, I could yell discrimination! Either that or claim I would be a better Captain than some because I'd be blind to my customer's skin color!
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