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Chartering

Like to see information on how to become qualified to charter various crusing sailboats. For example, where can charter reasonable boats and yatchs. What nneed to do to prepare. I owned a 420 for years now i would like to learn how to handle a 30' boat before I purchase one. Also I am curious about what qualifictions are needed to charter. I would like to know what type of small boat will prepare me for island hopping.
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The qualifications depend on where you are sailing. One charter company actually awards a "license" based on your experience and qualifications.

Probably the easiest sailing is in a spot like the BVIs; no tides or currents and line-of-sight navigation.

The Pacific North West (WA and BC) are much tougher. The tides in Desolation Sound can range 18 feet and the currents at Sechelt Rapids can run 16.5 knots.

In terms of boat size, once you get past 30 feet, they share many commonalities. Of course, the cats and monohulls are different.

Learning to sail is one thing; learning to navigate is probably more important.
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You should also mention the "Bar's and Jetty's" of the PNW. These are the most dangerous areas of navigation, and were the most loss of property and life occurs.

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