Last weekend, Thurs through Sun, my wife and I did the ASA101 and ASA103 courses with sailtime florida schools and charters. We certainly enjoyed it, learned a lot, and passed. We were told by sailtime that they would now bareboat charter mid 30' sailboats to us if we would like.
We did all of the sailing on a Catalina 350. We did the anchoring and picking up mooring ball drills on a Hunter 50'. I wish we would have had to opportunity to sail that one...
The Catalina sailed reasonably well. Neither of us was satisfied with the interior space though. The V berth was too small for us to fit in. The rear quarter berth was a crawl into affair. I was unable to stand erect in the shower. That just wouldn't work for us as a long term/ live aboard situation.
We were able to walk through a handful of other boats in their charter fleet. We both liked the center cockpit design. They had a Hunter 45cc there.
Well, for now we will go back to schlepping away on our Mac25. When the opportunity presents itself (in the form of free time) we will go back and charter some larger (than ours) sailboat for a few days at a time to gain more experience on larger boats. When we have more sailing time in, we will do the ASA104 class, test out of the 105, and eventually do the 106.
In the mean time, back to work for us: no rest for the wicked (or weary
P.S. Here is a plug for Sailing Florida: They have a great staff. They are friendly, professional, and eager to share knowledge. Thanks again to Captain Frank!
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