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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat
San Francisco Bay.
Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm actually a couple years away from either purchasing or forming partnerships. I'm taking the ASA classes (already completed 101/102 103 in March) and will try to get on beer can race crews this summer.
That's a good course of action... it's going to be through associations like those that you'll have best odds of meeting the kinds of people you're looking to connect with. Who knows... after a few seasons racing with a compatible couple the idea may come to fruition.. and like us, by that time you'll have no qualms about your partners. A viable partnership arrangement makes a ton of sense from financial, utilization, work sharing points of view, and also, besides reducing overall costs can usually 'up the budget' to something neither party would likely manage (physically or financially) on their own.
So don't despair, you've got a good initial plan. Best of luck!
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