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Charter orgs may accept certifications as a substitute or supplement for experience.

However, once you get on the boat, you are likely to have a skipper-checkout and if you do not pass, you may have to pay additional for a captain or go home without a refund...

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They all request sailing resumes for first time charterers but they don't verify your experience. Why do you think the "Damage Waiver" charge is mandatory?
When I first chartered in the BVI I asked the charter manager how he knew I was not BSing him. He replied that he could tell just by how I approached the boat.

In BC charters without tidal experience are often asked to take a skipper with them for a couple of days to sort out tides and currents. Many companies include a short sail as a part of their orientation. Take the boat off the dock, raise the sails, reef, bring it back to the dock.

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They all request sailing resumes for first time charterers but they don't verify your experience. Why do you think the "Damage Waiver" charge is mandatory?
I don't know them all, but I do know one charter company on St Thomas makes the crew go out and show some basic sailing skills, everytime...
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I don't know them all, but I do know one charter company on St Thomas makes the crew go out and show some basic sailing skills, everytime...
Maybe the charter companies with small fleets need to be more careful who they charter to so they don't lose revenue if a boat has to be out of service.

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Yes I believe some have determined that it is much more cost effective to spend some extra $'s screening peeps on the front end rather than fixing boats on the back end. The big boys with higher prices can have all the CCC's.
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According to their literature, the Moorings supplies a "free skipper" for the first half-day. Presumably, this is the functional equivalent of a checkout ride.

FarCry - what is this hypothetical charter company's definition of "basic sailing skills", pray tell? I would guess the minimum would be: motor off the mooring ball, raise sails, head up, tack, tack, tack, head down, jibe, jibe, "okay, now go pick up the ball." But what about MOB, dock, anchor, reef, heave to? Other stuff?
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According to their literature, the Moorings supplies a "free skipper" for the first half-day. Presumably, this is the functional equivalent of a checkout ride.

FarCry - what is this hypothetical charter company's definition of "basic sailing skills", pray tell? I would guess the minimum would be: motor off the mooring ball, raise sails, head up, tack, tack, tack, head down, jibe, jibe, "okay, now go pick up the ball." But what about MOB, dock, anchor, reef, heave to? Other stuff?
OvO- You've got the general idea. The company I'm referring to isn't hypothetical, it's CYOA. I will be there Sunday morning doing a briefing and sail check on a 48' cat, stop by if you are in the area.
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