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Old 05-30-2013
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Re: Can I make this trip as a novice

Let us review the OP's qualifications:

" I have crewed on a Hunter 34 on a Port Huron Mac race and done a couple seasons of club racing as crew. I owned a 18' hunter for a few years. Pretty book smart and all that, just not alot of experience driving my own boat. "

His training wheels are off, he knows his way around a boat or two. His IQ is more than his body temperature, I sense he lacks confidence. Pretty sure no one said to hop in the boat and go. We all suggested he checks the boat out, whether that means
a day jaunt or professionally inspected is left to the OP's judgement, most suggested tow insurance, charts and weather checks. Having a more experienced person on board is akin to having training wheels, IMHO. Its not his first time on a boat.
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