More paperwork completed
As I mentioned just under a week ago, Rebecca and I paid a visit to the British Shipping Registry to begin the process of my obtaining my BVI Boatmaster license. Like the visas and all of the other charter-related formalities that we’ve had to sort through, we now have this looked after. As it turns out, the license is really just an endorsement of my RYA Yachtmaster license. The Shipping Registry verified all of the paperwork that I submitted and are basically saying that if the RYA thinks that I am fit to operate a commercial vessel, they concur and thus I can now do so in BVI waters. That’s nice to know. 🙂
A couple of notes about this…
I think many people are under the mistaken impression that they can easily restock their cruising kitty by running a few charters here and there. As I’ve documented in countless posts here on this blog, there are a lot of regulations in place which govern this business of chartering. Many people still attempt to do it by flying under the radar. While that may work, at least in the short term, it’s not how we like to operate.
Secondly, in the martial arts world where we previously made our living, we were very much against the use of the word Master. We used titles like Coach, Sensei (Japanese), Professor (Portuguese), Ajarn (Thai), etc. but never Master. In the boating world, the word gets used a lot though with the Captain of the vessel often being referred to as the Master of the ship. There’s no avoiding it.