Quite right Stuart
You can now obtain a boatmans licence from New Forest District Council and local boat licensing as well.
The person to contact for boat licensing is Tony Hetherington on 02380 285449.
James Brooke at Advanced Yachting Lymington is the assessor for boatmans licences.01590 689191 or email@example.com
If you have all the correct tickets and local knowledge of the Solent then at the assessors discretion he may grant an exemption to undertaking an exam.
From what I now understand, even if you are coded through the MCA and hold a commercially endorsed qualification, you still need a local boatmans licence to operate in the Solent and Southampton Waters if you are commericially chartering your vessel. You are operating under section 94 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907
If you know any different then please post. I am commercially endorsed but have also obtained an annual boatmans licence for operating in these waters.