A bit of self indulgent hand clapping here
Finally after 3 years I have in my mit an ML5 without geographic limit and
a coded boat cert 20 miles from safe haven.
I even have a note saying I can solo crew with passengers up to 1 and a half hours but found that 12 persons on off and jackets etc mean having a crew person aboard is no hassle.At 40 knots the 1 and a half hours meant that I can do most tours anyway!
3 years ago I was told NO NO to the request to ml5 and code useage so for 2 years I have been stuck to cat waters.
Chuffed to bits that the mca (who it has to be said have been stars actually listening to my points and allowing a gradual move toward today.)
It can be done!!!!!
(sorry to go on but I am so pleased with myself I may have to buy a new shirt to say normal person on it to wear on the boat!!!!!