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post #21 of Old 02-22-2014
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Re: Are sailing schools worth it?

Originally Posted by christian.hess View Post
just a question please take no offence

how the hell did you charter a boat fresh from learning how to sail?

I couldnt even with a captains license in boat centric san francisco bay

they wanted so damn much info, $$$ tests, blah blah blah I said screw it and started looking at boats to buy
such a hassle

bought a folkboat in berkeley and had a blast
I chartered the boat a year after taking the course. I chartered it from the same sailing school where I took the course. If they didn't have enough confidence to charter the boat to me, it didn't speak well of their instruction. In short, I put them on the spot.

Back in the day, it was shockingly easy to charter a boat. I have never had a charter company ask me to raise the sails when checking me out for a charter. They never seemed to care whether I could actually sail. Their main concern was whether I could maneuver the boat around the docks under power, and, oh yeah, whether I had a valid credit card.
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