Is a license of any kind needed to pilot a not-for-hire, recreation only trawler yacht? Thanks. |
In the US: No.
The license requirement starts around 199 tons for private ownership and operation..
If ya want to carry pax or freight for hire however a 10 foot rowboat may require a 6-pack ticket.
Fairly straightforward rules, but the result is a bunch of amateurs driving big boats that should require proffesional help.
Boy, do we see it here in South Florida: All the idiots only need a credit card to captain a big yacht.
Endorsed by the marine industry of course as it promotes business, safety be ****ed.
The Coast Guard and the Congress don't give a **** as the lobbyist have done their job to convince even more idiots on Capitol Hill that it is safe to have the ding-dongs run anything beyond 26 feet.
Fair enough, let them run whatever they want to, but at least take some kind of course and test before they are let loose among other mariners.