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On the right track
I've been sailing my whole life. I moved inland almost three years ago due to career considerations, family, etc. I had three daughters in as many years, and my boat (S&S designed IOR 38 footer) has been on the hard for the duration. But before my wife and I had kids, we raced on the east coast as much as possible. In fact, we met because she crewed for me on a distance race. We loved the distance races (Bermuda, Vineyard, ALIR, Block Island, etc.) and the "classic" yacht races the most. Cruising too. All of it. We've never been weekenders - almost lived aboard. But life gets in the way of your passions sometimes, and early decisions sent me on a path away from the water. About a year ago we decided to change that path. After deliberating for a LONG time, we finally figured out what we would do if we could do anything we wanted to do. And the business plan began.
I'm not licensed. I'm looking for someone who is (or could be). I will be eventually, but sea time is hard to come by on a dirt farm in the middle of the tundra where I currently reside. However, credentials are less important than passion and ability.
As far as capital goes, you are quite correct in observing that any sailing school requires significant up front capital investment. How much and for what is what the plan is all about - and ultimately where you go to get it. I've got plans....
What about you?