People under USCA plan talk about MCA; people under MCA plan sound off regarding USCG. Insurance firms are a well known scapegoat of both sides, and not even the owners break loose the wrath.
In recent years, there have been a few objections from yacht captains who have passed a career working up all the licensing ravel only to be stopped at the top. It appears that the tonnage on their ticket is not really enough to qualify them to deal with the vessels of that tonnage. Probably it should not. There is no shortage of captains — and the brokers and owners as well as insurance people — who would tell that experience is more important infinitely.
Yet the captains of the yacht are still needed to keep a license. Therefore, there is nothing to idea from where all these fuss is coming from. The assembled captains were a very interesting bunch of MCA, USCG, USCG-turned-MCA, commercial and yachting. Just 1 had the biggest MCA yachting ticket; none had the unlimited USCG ticket.
In spite of all the varied backgrounds, the question is whether the captains are still dealing with in the next license. One of the captains told that pretty much all the time. Like always, people’s individual comments are not really attributing to just one person in specific so as to encourage open and frank discussion.
Another captain told that your license is great for the tonnage, with three-thousand ton license. You can drive up to three-thousand tons. The problem is the insurance company. You are driving hundred and twenty foot boats and you want to drive a 240-footer, it is too big a leap. You could have the license, but the insurance company would turn you down.