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I read this thread on my phone and had to post once I got back to a PC. I am a current sailtime member.
My experience with sailtime has been very very good.
I have only last summer of sailing experience so far but am looking forward to more sailing this summer.
I took my ASA 101 training at a 'normal' sailing school down on the bay. It was a great experience and the instructor was great. The group of 4 of us all got plenty of time on the water, working the sails, docking, and piloting. I agree with Jim there that if you are primarily looking for a 22' boat learning on a 33 leaves a bit to be desired. The standard sail on a 22 and the 'feel' of the tiller is lost partially by the 33's wheel. Also the steps on just raising the main are totally different vs. a furling main. So if Jim wanted his wife to get training in that aspect not from him he lost out there.
That being said I know nothing on how Sailtime Annapolis is set up as to training. I would suspect that they have either a member that is a certified instructor or contract this training out for their members. But my opinion would be this. If you will be purchasing a sailboat, then Sailtime for training only, may not meet your needs due to the situation that Jim ran into. Sailtime is in the business to have members and they want their members to have access and use the boats they are paying for. So going back for extra training, even paid, would be a bit of a scheduling work out for them. It would either take time away from sailtime members or break up an ongoing class. That would be the only caveat I could think of around a Sailtime base is if you want to go back and practice your sailing with them that might not work out as you expect. But there are other places on the bay to rent a daysailer for a day at a reasonable price for practice.
I took my ASA 103 training via Sailtime with an instructor they provided in Havre De Grace. It was a standard course over 3 days. The instructor provided was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, very patient, and since I was the class I had maximum time to get comfortable with the systems on the boat, handling, docking, sailing, and also he provided excellent local knowledge of the waters where we will be sailing this summer.
Well we'll see how the family gets along with sailing this summer. Boating in general is new to two of our kids while our older children had 5 years on our old boat and loved it. Needless to say she is very happy to be back on the water as I am... The rest of the family we shall see...