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Re: How to try before buy
Get a few buddies together and bareboat charter. You may have to do a morning to checkout with the charter company before they will let you take their boat. However, they really want your money, so you would have to be really bad for them to say no. I believe the Moorings recognizes the ASA classes as experience. ASA104 is a given that your good to go. You could just go take that somewhere. You will live aboard, and while there is an instructor with you, all crew duties are the student's responsibility. You just have someone to ask questions and who will test you.
I think the BVI is one of the best places to learn to cruise. Pretty simple waters to navigate, but you get many experiences.
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