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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

Price: $119.99

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

 Nav Set

Price: $225.00

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

If your sea time for your upgrade started prior to March 24, 2014, you will test under the previous examination system.   All of our current exam preparation material is designed for this system.  If your sea time started after March 24, 2014, you will test under the new system.  Also, in 2019 all mariners will test under the new system regardless of the date their sea time started. 

We are currently putting test material together for the new system and are aiming for December of 2015 to have this license preparation completed.  We will continue to offer software for both the new and the old system until 2019 at which time we will solely offer software for the new system. 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


  • Each question provides a reference for the USCG book and question number.
  • The user has a choice as to the number of questions per test.
  • The user has the option to display all answer choices or only the correct answer.
  • The user has the ability to tag questions while testing and revisit the tagged questions through the tag question menu without having to search through the entire question database.
  • The user has the ability to go back through the current test questions and review questions already answered.
  • Full search utility of all questions and illustrations.
  • USCG released illustrations are provided in the software and loaded with each relevant test question.
  • Once you answer a question correctly Mariner Advancement(R) temporarily removes that question from the list. This allows you to focus on the more difficult questions rather than wasting time reviewing questions you already know.
  • Speech synthesizer is new to version 4.1.
  • Preview screens are new to version 4.1 which speeds up testing by allowing the user to determine if they need  to take the time to load the explanation or illustration in full screen mode.
  • The user can take the exams over and over with no time restraints, valid per user agreement.
  • Mariner Advancement(R) is distributed on a USB drive so you can take it with you.  Study on your vessels computer and study at home.  
  • Runs on most PCs with a USB port.  Please check system requirements below.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Seven, Windows 8 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


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