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Re: From Zero to Sixty...

Option 1: Take ASA courses. Once you have the Bareboat standard (104) start doing 1-2 week charters while you save up for your own boat in 8 years.

Option 2: Buy a boat now. Read some books, talk to other boat owners, take whatever classes you need to, ASA or otherwise.

It will take you at least a few years to accumulate the number of days at sea required to become eligible for a USCG Captain's License, if that is what you mean. All you need to become a skipper is a boat, and all you need for that is to write the check.
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