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Software is distributed on USB drives for easy transport between home, school, and work.  No time limits.  No limit on the number of tests.  Our software will not lock you out.

 Mate Master 500/1600 GRT / 3rd & 2nd Mate 4.1  Software

Price: $89.99

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 Mate Master 500/1600 GRT / 3rd & 2nd Mate 4.1  Bundle

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 Mate Master 500/1600 GRT / 3rd & 2nd Mate 4.1

 Nav Set

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*****   Important.  Please read prior to purchase.  *****

A mariner seeking an endorsement based on sea time with at least one day of sea service prior to March 24, 2014, will be examined under the old regulations, using the old question database, unless they have specifically requested examination under the current regulations.  After March 23, 2019 all mariners will test under the new regulations regardless of the date of their sea time.

Our version 4.1 preparation material is designed for the older question database under the previous USCG regulations.  Our version 5.0 preparation material is designed for the new question database under the new USCG regulations. 

If you have further questions on how these changes affect your personal situation, please contact the National Maritime Center (888) 427 5662. 

Exam guide prior to March 24 2014

Exam guide on or after March 24 2014


Mate Master 200/500/1600 GRT / 3rd & 2nd Mate

Mariner Advancement Master Mate 200/500/1600 GRT / 3rd & 2nd Mate  is examination preparation software designed for 3rd Mate & 2nd Mate, 200 / 500 / 1600 Mate / Master Oceans and Near Coastal Licenses.  Our software contains:

Rules of the Road - 1090 Questions

Deck General------ 2276 Questions

Navigation General--1575 Questions

Deck Safety---------2298 Questions This section also contains survival craft and lifeboatman questions.

Stability---------------874 Questions

Terrestrial-------------611 Questions

Chart Plotting

Mate Master 500/1600 GRT / 3rd & 2nd Mate includes a navigation problems section with 611 questions on: time tic, zone time calc for sun rise and sun set, compass error, course and current, bearing and distance off a fixed object, tide calculation, tidal current calculation, ETA, azimuth, amplitude, terrestrial, compass error, speed by RPM/Slippage ect....   This flash drive also has a chart section for the three charts used by the USCG for testing: Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, and Block Island Sound.  Each Chart has between twenty-three and twenty-nine tests.  Most test contain fifteen questions but range from nine to fifteen questions per test.  All chart questions are in sequence. The training charts can be obtained from www.waypoints.com. The chart numbers are:

12221TR Nautical Training Chart--Chesapeake Bay Entrance

12354TR Nautical Training Chart--Long Island Sound

13205TR Nautical Training Chart--Block Island Sound

See Products for screen shots and general information or download the latest 4.1 manual here to see all of the features available.

In the Deck Resources folder are several manuals, many of which are required to solve the USCG questions.  The following list of manuals are in pdf format and can be printed or transferred to a portable device:


1981 Nautical Almanac


Exam Ref Light List Coast Pilot

Exam Ref Stability Binder

Exam Ref Tidal Currents 1983

Exam Ref Tide Tables 1983

NOAA Nautical Manuals

Pub 102 International Code Of Signals

Pub 117 Radio Navigation Aids

Pub 229 Volume two sight reduction tables

USCG Rules of the Road Manual

USCG Chemical Data Guide

U.S. Navy Seaman

U.S. Navy Damage Control

U.S. Navy Lookout

U.S. Navy Nautical Skills Course

U.S. Navy Quarter Master

The Mariner Advancement testing application provides...

  • a reference for the USCG book, question, and illustration number.
  • USCG illustrations and Internet links to new or additional illustrations when available.
  • the ability to revisit previously answered test questions during the test.
  • the option to display all answer choices or only display the correct answer.
  • the ability to tag questions while testing and the ability to revisit the tagged questions through the tag question menu. 
  • a choice to the number of questions per test.
  • a full search utility of all questions and illustrations.
  • a feature that temporarily removes correctly answered questions from the question bank, allowing the user to focus on the more difficult questions rather than wasting time reviewing questions they already know.  The user may reset the question bank at any time, restoring the removed questions.
  • a speech synthesizer that is capable of reading the  current question or the entire test.
  • preview screens, which reduces study time by allowing the user to determine if they need to take the time to load the explanation or illustration in full screen mode.
  • the ability to take exams over and over with no time restraints, valid per user agreement.
  • one year of free updates.
  • distribution on a USB drive so you can take it with you.  Study on your vessels computer and study at home.  
  • compatibility with most PCs with a USB port.  Please check system requirements below.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Seven, Windows 8 & 10 in the desktop tile. (Not compatible with Windows RT)
  • Mac with Microsoft Windows installed using Bootcamp or Parallels.
  • Latest version of Adobe(R) Reader(R) (available for free online from Adobe(R))
  • 1.0 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM

  • 2.0 and 3.0 USB support

  • Mouse or compatible pointing device

  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution


Frequently purchased together

Deck and Stability Calculations Worked-Out for Master 500 GT through 2nd Mate Unlimited Vol 1


Terrestrial Navigation Problems worked-Out For Master 500 GRT Through 2nd Mate Unlimited Vol 2


Celestial Navigation Calculations Worked-Out for Master 500 GT through 2nd Mate Unlimited Vol 3


Celestial Navigation (Upon Oceans)

Textbook Vol 6

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