The answer to the question “Which License: OUPV or Master?” is based on two other closely related questions. Firstly, how many passengers does the boat carry? And secondly, is the boat an inspected or uninspected passenger vessel? Read the information that follows to determine which license: OUPV or Master is best for you. And then follow the links to find more info on how to get the license you need. Please email any questions to Dennis@columbiapacificmaritime.com
The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV), or 6-pack captain license, is for carrying six or fewer passengers. Furthermore it is for operating small uninspected passenger vessels. The term “small” to mean less than 100-GRT, or about 65-feet. And the term “uninspected” to mean the federal regulations contained it Title 46 Subchapter C Uninspected Vessels.
The OUPV may be endorsed as Inland or Near Coastal. Inland includes all inland waters shoreward of the boundary line. While Near Coastal includes all inland water and ocean waters within 100-miles of the US shoreline.
The Master is a superior license to the OUPV. Meaning that you can carry fewer than 6-passengers. However the Master can carry more than 6-passengers as well. And they may also operate inspected or uninspected passenger vessels within the limitations on the license.
As with the OUPV, the Master is issued with an Inland or a Near Coastal route. The Inland route includes all inland waters shoreward of the boundary line. And the Near Coastal route includes all inland waters, and ocean waters within 200-miles of the US shoreline.
Which License: OUPV or Master? Conclusion
In conclusion. Both the OUPV and Master may be used on ocean waters. So the only difference is how may passengers there are. If you plan to carry six or fewer passengers, then the OUPV is the only license you will ever need. But if you need to operate an inspected passenger vessel carrying more than six passengers you must hold a Master license.