I have the 101 and 103 certification. I am looking to get the bareboat cert next, but feel I want to go out with lots of seasoned sailors if possible to get more feedback and advice. I will probably go to Annapolis, or possibly Erie, PA for more lessons, but that will have to wait for Spring I suppose. Boston is a bit far for me, but you never know. Thanks for the response. I am now learning and researching sailboats that would fit my ideas. Alden and Hinckley come to mind because I love fit and finish and woodwork is a bit of a passion of mine. On the other hand, I may end up with something newer. Hard to say, since I am just starting to learn. One boat really caught my eye. It is an Alden named Dress Blue. I can't post the link, but it is easy to find if you want to have a look. Most of my cruising would be in Florida's West Coast and up the East Coast as well. I just love that wonderful Alden.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to solicit you as a student, not that I would object either. I hope my post didn't come across that way. Nor do I teach in Boston. PM me if you want specific school info.
If I am understanding you, it sounds like you completed ASA 101 and 103 in four days... While this could be done, the school that I primarily work with would want to do this in six days, and you would be entitled to a free ½ day of sailing per class. 104 is also a full three days. When I teach 104 we leave the dock mid-day on day one, and don't return until day 3. My concern is that you seem to have crammed a lot of lessons into a little time. Heck, given the choice, I would like to teach ASA 103 over 4 days.
I suggest that you sail as many different boats as you can, and try not to get fixated on any one brand of boat. Aldens and Hinkleys are great, but so are Bristols, Pearsons, Ericsons, Outbounds, Calibers, Tartans, C&Cs, CSs, Valiants, Catalinas, and even O'days.