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Re: Miami sailboat rental for a day
Different chartering companies have different requirements. A lot of chartering places will want a boating resume listing any classes/certification and your recent experience with boats. If you haven't rented from them before, or they think your resume is a little shaky, someone from the company will usually go out with you for a an hour or two and ask you to demonstrate your ability to handle the boat. If you want to beef up your resume you can take some American Sailing Association courses (101, 102, 103) which always look good.
The particular place I suggested in Miami is pretty relaxed on requirements. I had only taken ASA 101 and sailed my own 16 foot boat, but he had no problem letting me take out the J24 for a few hours. Like I said in the my original post, he teaches sailing so the boats have all been beat up, so if you hit the dock or a sandbar with it, the resulting scratches wouldn't even be noticed.