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post #10 of Old 08-10-2007
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I have not chartered yet, but I have done some queries at sailing centers located near me, near relatives or near places I would pay to visit about training and chartering. Several of them did not offer formal training, but every single one I contacted told me that certs are not required if you can demonstrate boating knowledge. I think I still want to get a few courses under my belt, but it does seem that getting experience through other means (cruising with friends) is no less valuable. I might go to a USCG license course instead of ASA as I may have an opportunity to do some for hire work in semi-reitirement in a few years, and that does requre their certification/license.
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