I am new to SailNet and I would like some help in finding the appropriate sailing school for me. I have sailed dinghies
for several years now and I feel quite comfortable handling small boats. I have also gained some limited experience racing boats in the 30ft range. My goals are to gain additional sailing experience on 30-40ft boats and to start chartering. Initially I plan to charter in the Chesapeake for the occasional long weekend, but over the next few years I would like to move up to weeklong charters in the Caribbean.
I live in Philadelphia, and this summer I would like to complete ASA 101, 103, 104. There are quite a few sailing schools within driving distance of my locations. There seems, however, to be a significant difference in the duration and price of the courses that they offer. For example Liberty Sailing Club in Philly offers ASA 103 for two days at $399. Bay Sail offers ASA 103 for three days for $750. Maryland School of Seamanship ASA 103 is four days for $950. Is a four day course significantly better, slightly better, or the same as a two day course? Is it worth the extra money/ lost work time?
Because I am interested in gaining as much experience as possible, and because I plan to charter on the Chesapeake, I am considering singing up for 101 and 103 with Bay Sail (closer to home and it fits my schedule), and 104 with Maryland School of Seamanship.
Your opinions are appreciated. Thank you.