Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV or 6-pack)

The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) captain
license issues the authority to operate a power vessel carrying 6 or
fewer passengers for hire, not counting the operator or crew, on
vessels of less than 100 GRT (about 65 feet).
  • AKA 6-pack license because of its limitation to 6 passengers.
  • This is the most common captain license held by fishing guides
    and the operators of small charter boats.

OUPV Professional Requirements (46 CFR 11.467)
This license may be issued with either an Inland or Near Coastal
route depending on the qualifying experience of the applicant.
An Inland Route authorizes authority over all federally navigable
inland waters of the United States, 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 an OUPV Inland is 360 days in the operation of vessels, including
90 days of experience within the past three years.

A Near Coastal Route includes all Inland waters of the US and
ocean waters within 100 miles offshore. The sea service
requirements for an OUPV Near Coastal is 360 days of experience in
the operation of vessels that includes 90 days on near coastal waters
(over the bar past the ends of the jetties) and 90 days within the past
three years.

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