Three members of Yamaha Marine Group’s OEM technical support team — Brad Leatherman, Craig Todd and Bill Craft — recently passed the Coast Guard test and are now licensed operators of uninspected passenger vessels in near coastal waters up to 100 miles offshore.
This license allows the holder to act as an operator of vessels up to 100 gross tons and out to 100 nautical miles. Most pleasure boats are in the uninspected vessel category because of the materials and method of construction. These vessels are limited to carrying six passengers for hire, such as a small charter boat or a small towing vessel.
“I am extremely proud of these individuals for their accomplishments,” said Chuck Butler, Yamaha’s OEM technical support manager, in a statement. “This helps further our goals to provide the highest level of support to our customers. Through a working knowledge of the current regulations, standards and practices, we are going to be able to continue to maintain that support.”
The license requires at least 360 days of experience on the water. One day is achieved by a minimum of four hours under way or on the water. Only one day can be logged by an individual per calendar day, and 90 of the 360 days must be gained outside the boundary lines. The boundary line is used by the Coast Guard to determine inland versus near coastal waters as they apply to license candidates. In addition, the team also completed 52 hours of classroom time.