Master 100 ton or less Captain License Information
A Master license is required for the captain of small inspected passenger vessels carrying more than six passengers for hire and is the most common license held by charter boat captains and the captains of small crew boats, supply boats, oil spill recovery vessels and small passenger vessels.
Master licenses of less than 100 tons are issued with 25, 50 or 100 ton limitations depending on the qualifying experience of the applicant and with either an inland or near coastal route. A mariner holding a license as Master 25, 50, or 100 tons may serve as first or second captain on any inspected vessel within the limitations on the endorsement or as the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV).
Master 100 ton or less Inland (46 CFR 11.455)
An Inland Route authorizes authority over all US federally navigable inland waters, including the waters of Puget Sound, Strait of Juan De Fuca, the Inside Passage through British Columbia and the waters of SE Alaska. The sea service requirements for this license is 360 days on deck of power vessels. An Auxiliary Sail Endorsement may be added to this
license by documenting 180 days of experience on sail or auxiliary sail vessels.
Master 100 ton or less Near Coastal (46 CFR 11.428)
A Near Coastal Route authorizes authority over all US federally navigable waters and all waters within 200 miles offshore. The sea service requirements for this license is 720 days
on deck of power vessels that includes at least 360 days on ocean waters. An Auxiliary Sail Endorsement may be added to this license by documenting 360 days of experience on sail or auxiliary sail vessels.
Tonnage limitations for Master and Mate 100 tons or less are issued as 25, 50, 100 ton limitations.