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I've recently received my 100 ton master tags (near coastal), with sail and assistance tow endorcements. I'm now looking at possible options to put them to good use. I was hoping to start small by skippering a sail charter or 2 over the fall and/or winter in Florida or somewhere else warmer than upstate NY. (Though I'm also leaving other options open). Having grown up on Cape Cod, I've been sailing and power boating my entire life, and have chartered 40'+ yachts in the Keys and BVI's. So I'm pretty familiar with the ins and outs of chartering. Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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If you want to go into charter-skipper work, contact some of the big companies in the Virgin Islands.

But they may be looking for prior experience working under your license (congratulations on getting it, by the way) first. So you might want to start out teaching, maybe get your instructor certif. from ASA or USSA, then apply at one of the bigger sailing schools, like Steve Colgate's or J-World. Do well there, and you can get a reference for some other type of skippering, maybe on someone's yacht, or delivery work, or as a charter captain in the Bahamas or USVI.

Let us know how it goes, as it's a path I might want to take in retirement, whereas now I'm just teaching on weekends or evenings down south.
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Yeah,

I have my Masters License and ASA sailing instructor credentials. It is a great way to start. Like Nolatom, I would recommend the BVIs. If you become an ASA instructor, you can find list of schools looking to hire. There are several right now looking for certified instructors.
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Great advice. I already hold several ASA certs including basic Keelboat, coastal Cruising, Coastal Nav, and Bareboat. I contacted ASA about getting my Instructor certs but I'm having a difficult time finding ASA seminars anywhere near Upstate NY. Maybe I have to move south first ;-)
Thanks for taking the time to offer help.
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The closest ASA instructor qualification clinic to you is in New Rochelle, NY next month.

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