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post #10 of Old 07-09-2012
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Re: scheduled Gulf Stream crossings?

Several years ago I did ASA 104/105 with the same school with a crossing to Bimini in a Dufour 50. Given the weather forecast, the instructor gave us the option to go or not go. The class of 4 all elected to cross. The wind was out of the north and the seas built progressively higher to the 15 to 20 ft. range. Initally, it was quite uncomfortable...but I learned a tremendous amount about my own capabilities and the boat's. That knowledge has helped me in subsequent charters I have taken/captained, especially in the St, Martin area and during an ASA 105 class that consisted of a circumnavigation of the US, British and Spanish Virgin Islands in some quite challenging conditions. It is often said on these forums that one needs to get out in challenging conditions to improve one's skills...and based upon my experiences I would totally agree. Given that you have the chance to do so with an experience captain....go for it!
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