So my application is ready. I had to gather a few signatures on some forms, I now have to pay the $145 evaluation and issuance fee, and my application will be off to the coast guard. If everything goes as planned, I should have my Merchant Mariner Credential with my OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels), Master of Vessels 100 Gross Tons, Towing Endorsement, and most importantly the Sailing Endorsement to my Captain’s License. That’s one more step along the path toward preparing for bringing this schooner camp together. With that out of the way, and the winter of brainstorming interior designs suitable for the safe berthing and comfort for a crew of 8 (6 young sailors plus two licensed captains), I should be able to begin fleshing out this site with some greater details, and begin fundraising for the capital needed to build a real wooden schooner.
This has proven to be a true adventure already preparing to make all of this happen, and I think I may have decided on a name for our little ship. I have kept this name rolling in my head for a while to be sure it’s really what her name is going to be, and although it isn’t decided nor christened yet I am going to share what I think the name will be. I believe I will call our ship the Escapade.