Re: asa school vs buying own 20-30ft and teach self?
I've had my first boat a little over a year now. My wife and I just took the ASA 101/103 courses a few weeks ago, we both learned so much more in the classes than we learned by trying to teach ourselves. The added plus was that my wife is no longer scared about sailing! Going with a trained and certified instructor gave my wife the ability to relax and enjoy the experience. We did countless MOB drills, and my wife can now confidently sail the boat if something were to happen to me. I vote for do both!
1980 Compac 16
1983 Starwind 22 w/pop top
Trailer-sailing our way from Pennsylvania to Ontario Canada and soon the Chesapeake Bay!!!