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Since you already have basic sailing skills, what you need now is some experience under your belt. With some time at sea behind you, any advanced course you might later take will be more meaningful to you, since you will have an experience base that gives it context.
While I favor instruction for getting started (i.e. learning the basics of sailing), and also for acquiring advanced/specialized skills or licenses, when it comes to ASA-type "offshore" schools, I fall into the camp of skeptics. There's no substitute for experience, but ASA is not the only nor necessarily the best way to get off-shore.
Why not avail yourself of some of the "crew" opportunities that get posted here on Sailnet? I saw one just the other day for a skipper bringing his boat back from the Bahamas to the Chesapeake. That's a 4-7 day off-shore trip --perfect for getting your feet wet.
A word of caution on those crew postings, though. Most of the posting are legitimate, and present good opportunities even for relatively inexperienced sailors. However, some of the crew "opportunites" that get posted are more like "schemes". Fortunately, the regulars here at Sailnet usually sniff those out pretty quickly. I would avoid any arrangement that asks you to pay money to join on as crew for a delivery.
If it was an open ended cruise (as opposed to a delivery), you might feel differently about contributing toward expenses. But a point-to-point delivery should be free to you. You might have to provide your own airfare, or they might cover it for you -- depends on the circumstances.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT