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Re: Are sailing schools worth it?
If you take the Offshore Sailing School liveaboard course, you start on day 1 with zero sailing experience. You live with an instructor aboard for 6 days. You have class over breakfast everyday and take both written and practical tests until dinner. On day 7, your final practical exam is to take the boat to another island (min 5 miles, stay the night and bring the boat back in the morning), with no instructor aboard! My wife did so with two others on a 43ft benetaeu and the whole crew sailed for the first time in their lives 6 days earlier!
Once you've passed that course, any charter company there will bareboat a similar size vessel to you.
You own a nice big boat, I just don't get the point of this? I guess if you need someone to help you learn your own boat, then ok, but otherwise? I guess if folks like going to "camp" for a week. I'd rather spend the week on my boat. If I f@#$ stuff up, that's how I learn.