Geez this is a big thred.
I for one have done the advanced power boat course and I have to say that as like Mike I have been "playing" in boats for more years than I want to remember I went for just the apraisal, and it was the longest 13 hours !!
of my life. I still learned a few things that I did not know/think about. I think that the way we should run things in the UK should be on the lines of Educate NOT legistate. And to answer Manos regarding Greek legistation when I hiered a yacht over there the only thing I was asked for regarding experience was payment for the cert. I then sailed 400 miles all round the Ionian. I would add that I was experienced but was not asked about this. I have also taken my RIB to Spain and again the only experience I was required to have was to part with my money. Please do not get me wrong I think we should all be trained and if you look at this forum I think that you will find most of us are but what I am against is being forced as this will not stop those who are going to be stupid.