Oh, boy. This is getting testy. I'd like to ask the Yachtmaster people if their certifications allow them to operate US flagged, Coast Guard INSPECTED vessels with more than 6 paying passengers. That's what it all comes down to, in my opinion. I have a couple of customers who charter their USCG inspected 65 footers and carry 10-12 paying passengers. They are required to have current CG inspection certificates and need to sail under US Merchant Marine Master's licenses or equivalents. I see a lot of transients with MCA certificates but don't really know what their legal authority is.
Anyone have a definitive answer to this question? Thanks.