Coming up on the magic date again. Guess I have the choice of taking a test or documenting sea-time? Last time, 5 years ago I had enough recent sea-time to not only renew but also to upgrade from 50 to 100 tons. This time I am pretty lean on recent experience and will have to dig pretty deep to find enough days @ sea. Question: How is the test? Same as initial or an easier and perhaps "open book" test....? I do have a few months left and could get the sea-time by taking my boat to the Exumas for 4 weeks and do other stuff to get the required time, but curious on the test or exam..Anybody done that one recently? Located Fort Lauderdale, this will be the 4th issue.