It’s a long way to fly for an ear and eye test
Even though we have decided to take a vacation from boating, I don’t wan’t to let the commercial endorsement on my Yachtmaster license lapse. Not being one to leave things until the last minute, I’ve noted that I’ll need to submit the paperwork for this before the middle of December. No problem.
As it turns out, everything that I need to do for the renewal is pretty straightforward and easy to accomplish, except obtaining the required medical exam. Just as it was the first time around, getting the proper ENG1 seafarers medical exam is a PITA for those not residing in the UK.
But I don’t want to fly!
We initially had our exams completed in Trinidad, and traveling there to do it again is still an option. I could also fly (or sail!) to Barbados, Tortola, or Ft. Lauderdale. Outside of those 4 options, I’d have to visit the UK, or some other spot even further away. While a trip like that sounds fun, it’s a pretty big hoop to have to jump through just to have my blood pressure checked, and to have a vision and hearing test completed.
A new boat for you?
In unrelated news, our friends Denis and Ladonna just listed their Lagoon 380 catamaran for sale. Rebecca and I have been on the boat several times, and have watched each improvement and upgrade that they have made to it. They’ve actually been running a very successful charter business on the boat, offering crewed charters for up to four guests at a time. Could this be your new cruising boat, or perhaps your new business???