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Old 31 August 2011, 13:37   #11
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Thanks for the replies so far, so who is John Elliot exactly? Not sure if I would take the exam in CI given the choices on instructor and vessels etc overseas but I guess my local knowledge would allow me to concentrate more on other things during assessment.

Does look like I'll have to settle for a YM shore based course.

I'm also thinking of doing an STCW95 package on the off-chance a vacancy opens up locally but it looks like I'll need to go away for that.
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so who is John Elliot exactly?
He's the Guernsey based RYA instructor/assessor that gives the tickets out for this kind of stuff. I'd have thought Peter Colback locally might be able to do it too, though he tends to be sailing rather than motor as I did my Dayskipper Sail practical with him.
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I guess my local knowledge would allow me to concentrate more on other things during assessment.
I expect you would be taken outside of any comfort zone the examiner might spot.
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who is John Elliot exactly?
I am sure I gave his contact details already, maybe I just thought I had.
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I am with AP on this you are misreading the rules as to what is allowed.
5 passages over 60 miles two of which are made at night.

Its all about how you manage the boat and the running of the vessel watch keeping for example organising the navigation and feeding the crew and so on as well as the close quarter stuff.

2500 NM miles is impressive but open boats don't fit the Motor Cruising scheme or Exam Criteria.

Do YM theory by all means (I offer that online) do STWC 95 you have your Advanced is it commercially endorsed ? if so that can lead to work on bigger boats where you start to qualify for the passages but its the boat handling that lets people down .
Going from a single outboard to twin outdrives does not always work well
same applies for shafts so time is needed to get familiar with a large boat .

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Thanks Tim, I know we've spoken about this before, obviously different people interpret the rules in different ways.

The important thing for me is not just getting the ticket but getting the experience and skills that are meant to go with it. There's a local YM instructor who's been doing deliveries for the last 3 years, he's on his 3rd insurance claim already and none of them small!

It's a bit of a chicken & egg situation here, jobs afloat in Jersey are extremely rare and the ones worth having are generally public sector. The only way to get your foot in that door is to know a lot of the right people and a list of qualies as long as your arm.
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