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post #7 of Old 04-10-2007
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My two cents worth. I took their course two years ago in the BVI. I had a great time, learned a lot and yes the boat did break down. But unlike most people who view break downs as a negative thing I viewed it as a positive thing since cruising is fixing boats in exotic places. Our steering system failed (autopilot mount fell off, all four bolts stripped) so out came the emergency tiller. Good lesson there all in itself. I helped fix the problem, small hands, small frame to get to the autopilot,finding a machine shop in the islands (an adventure in itself) and reinstall was the one of the most valuable lessons learned. I was the only female on the crew and was treated with respect. I concur with the others, it is all about the instructor and other students. One bad apple and it ruins it for everyone. I plan on taking their offshore class one of these days. Two thumbs up!
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