Originally Posted by AndreasNYC
btw is there a good course out there for navigation, tides, chart reading and planning? would love to take it
You need to look into either the Coast Guard Auxillary or the U.S. Sail and Power Squadron. They both offer a number of classes you should be taking.
Seamanship, Piloting, Navigation, Engine repair-maintenance, Electronics, etc.
I highly recommend either.