I’ve currently got a Master 100 GT inland, interested in expanding to near coastal. I’ve been told by someone more experienced that, holding a master license, all I need is 90 days working on a NC vessel. Checklist on the coast guard website doesn’t include that, but it does have that for Mate 200 GT NC, 90 days Deck service on Ocean, near coastal, Great lake, or inland on a vessel less than 200 GT. I currently run a 100 ton dinner boat and definitely have the time for the mate license since that includes inland waters.
So here’s what I’m trying to figure out: can I upgrade to NC on 90 days NC time? If not, I’ve seen that the 200 ton mate also qualifies as OUPV NC, is that accurate and would that allow me to do things like boat delivery, crew boats, etc? There’s a lot of weird info and it’s hard to find a lot of it in one place, definitely appreciate any help I can get on this.