Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Barrington, RI
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Re: asa school vs buying own 20-30ft and teach self?
I was in a similar position, thinking of buying a boat and getting people to go out with me to learn, and through books, etc. I ended up taking ASA 103 (I had to to a 101 test first to 'place' into it). It was expensive, maybe around 700, but money well spent. What I learned about boat safety, navigating, and docking would have been hard to get elsewhere. We didn't focus on sailing that much, which is where having a boat and practicing, with friends prefereably, comes in. But I'm really glad I took that course. Between that and getting experience on my boat, I think I'll be really ready to charter somewhere, which sounds fantastic.