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Gaining More Experience
My name is Mike and I have enjoyed sailing the waters along the North and South Carolina boarder for the past 5 years. A neighbor of mine from Long Island, NY got me into sailing and sparked my drive to get a boat. I purchased a 21' 1978 Montego in the summer of 2004 and my Long Island buddy taught me the basics and I have had the 'bug' ever since. I sailed that boat every day that I could and decided that I wanted to figure out a way to share my joy for boating with others that were interested.
I live in Little River, SC which is just north of the popular tourist destination, Myrtle Beach. Many people that visit our area want to get out on the water so starting a boat tour company seemed like a logical idea.
My folks were gracious enough to help me purchase my current boat (32' 1982 Morgan 321) in the fall of 2005 and I further honed my boat handling and sailing skills for the next year. I have really enjoyed the Morgan and think it is a well designed, sturdy boat. It is a comfortable cruiser and a great boat to enjoy a sail on.
In the fall of 2007 I attended Sea School here in Myrtle Beach (great experience) and was able to obtain my OUPV 6-pack license from the Coast Guard. I opened my tour company in summer of 2007 and I am still having a great time operating the boat. I have been fortunate to take out some really great people and have had many positive experiences (and thankfully, no bad ones).
I feel confident handling my boat in and around the docks and out on the water and I want to take my sailing to the next level. After our summer tourist rush I am looking into taking a week long ASA crash course in the USVI that would take me through levels 101, 103, and 104 of their cirriculum.
I think that this would be a great learning experience and perhaps open up some new doors. Over the past couple of years I have strongly decided that boating and sailing is right for me and where my passion lies. I love the water and being on it and experiencing the power that it offers. If anyone has any ideas as to help me in my further advancement of pursuing my dreams then please feel free to share.....
If you know of any positive crewing opportunities please let me know of those as well. I am driven, relatively smart (ha), have experience handling a boat, willing to learn more, not afraid of storms (ha), and I have no attachments on the mainland.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and interest in my search for gaining more sailing experience....Happy sailing!