Originally Posted by davidpm
I'm concerned about the goal. If the goal is to just get a book with some stamps in it and you already know the material my question is why bother?
Sailing is a lifelong passion for me and a long term goal. Living in Utah it is a lot harder to get onboard a boat than it was living on the coast. I used to be able to sail on lots of different boats for free. I know how to sail a boat, but want to charter a boat. My recent experience does not qualify me to charter a boat, even though I had taken a class in Ventura in the 90s and was chartering 30' boats back then. I am hoping getting my ASA ratings will allow me to at least get my foot in the door with charter companies, so I can prove I can handle a boat.
Another issue is one of limited resources, both time and money. The fact you can afford to learn to sail in SB shows you are in a different tax bracket. I have sailed 100s of days, 8 more days sailing in SB would add little to my experience, but subtract much from my bank account.
I do not intrinsically know all this stuff about sailing, but used to know a lot and am quite able to teach myself, what I have forgotten. Like the expression "nothings more efficient than a scared sailor with a bucket", so goes the expression "Jordan with a final test approaching". I have been studying and know more now about sailing than I have ever. If nothing more I have learned a lot in preparation that I would not have otherwise and get to go sailing for the weekend showing what I know. Hopefully I will be closer to being able to charter when done.
Another question for Tempest.
Are there any radar, sextant or radio nav questions on the ASA 105 test.