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.
[/B]S/V Wind Orchid
Catalina 350 (hull# 273)
LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT REMOVING POLITCAL TAG LINES -- NOW!