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Old 20 August 2011, 03:19   #11
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Yup just did lantern test only the 1 mile one. Failed!! Will now send off to see if I can get a daylight only endorsement. Thanks for the help
I was surprised just how hard the lantern test was. I did the 2 mile test and failed it.

Make sure you complete the part 4 of the ml5 fully, including type of vessel you want to work on, length of vessel, category of water, distance from safe haven, hours of operation, etc.

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Hi Chris what endorsement did you get in the end? and do you know what are the other endorsements that can be issued?

I've just done my ML5 and had a problem with the Ishihara plate test. Pointing towards me having a red green color deficiency. I've never had a problem before and the doctor said my results were strange as some of the cards that would of shown a definite color blindness I got with out any problem. I've booked my lantern test for early next year.

I'm really wondering what my employment outlook would be like if I get a day time only endorsement?

Is a commercial ticket required to do safety boat work on construction projects etc?

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My ML5 was restricted to "daylight hours only". I believe it can also be marked "not suitable for solo night watches". I have used it to commercially endorse my Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence exam.

I am not expecting it to restrict my work too badly, other than during the winter months with the short days.

I would guess that any commercial work would require a commercially endorsed qualification that covers the category of water you are working in, but others on here will be able to give better advice than me.
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Thanks of the info. Good point about the shorter day light hours.
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This won't help you get your medical unless you do some serious cheating but if you found yourself needing to distinguish between red and green, carrying a couple of pieces of gel filter will help you. You need a deep magenta (pink) and a deep cyan (skyblue). The magenta will allow red light through but almost completely block green light so, looking though the magenta a green light will disappear but a red one will be visible. Similarly but opposite colour using the cyan filter. It might be worth keeping on the boat or in your pocket.
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I have a set of filters on a lanyard which are specifically designed for use at sea by people with colour blindness. 90% of the time I can distinguish the lights at night no problem, but it's a useful backup in case I am uncertain. The filters were purchased from force4 chandlers.

On my advanced exam I had the filters round my neck, and had declared to the examiner that I may use them. In the end I only used them once in the 4 hours we were out on the water in the dark just to double check one light (white or green ?). Found all the unlit marks no problem without really needing the filters, but it's worth having them for peace of mind.
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