Thank you all for your replies! I plan on buying a boat sometime in the early spring '08, so in the meantime I have time to prepare for boat ownership. Answering your questions, I live in Ventura county, CA and am planning to take boat out in the ocean (weekend trips to Catalina island or just cruising along the shore).
I think that the point about first taking classes is a good one. I take it that local community colleges offer ones, am I right? Maybe anyone local to Thousand Oaks, CA area can suggest a good school/instructor? Also, tips/suggestion on choosing a local Marina are very welcome. Are all Marinas created equal, or not? My local Marinas are in Oxnard, CA and Ventura, CA. Any suggestions?
I am not sure that local charter/school program is a good choice for us, since we work during the week and have weekends to use the boat, I take it that mainly on weekends the boat will be used by somebody else. Am I right in understanding the situation?
Last edited by Drylander; 07-15-2007 at 02:22 PM.