Yep its over when the Pilot gets on board.....no more jerking around by the captian. Just kiddin. Talk about early. The pilot boarded the night before we got to Vancouver. We were in the channel, but that seemed mightly early to me. FYI....most coastal water ways have a "pilot" system that takes over the ship after they cross a certain line of navigation. The pilots control the ship after they board not the captain. They know the water ways better anyways. Its a saftey thing.