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post #20 of Old 03-31-2013
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Re: Start Up Planning and Advice

Glad to see that you're planning some charters. I think that after just a few days on one, you'll start to have ideas of what you do and don't like. A few more charters and maybe going on friends' boats and you'll have a much better idea. That's what we did -- and some things we thought we liked when we saw boats at shows, we decided we didn't when we were actually living with them.

One suggestion is to charter as different boats as possible -- maybe a Hunter one time and an Island Packet another (just an example of two really different boats). Go for one that's 36 feet and another that's 40+. And so on. On your charters, sail as much as you can, but also do your own docking whenever the charter company will let you (even though you've got lots of powerboat experience, sailboats handle VERY different from powerboats and even from one to another).

And above all, have fun!

Carolyn Shearlock

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