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Re: Private Instructor wanted for refresher in USVI
James, I get your point and dont disagree with our observations of extremes. Particularly, the virgin sailors that are fully committed to sailing around the globe.
However, I come from a different place on training. I believe it is the best way to accelerate one's competence, although, it must be used to be retained. I have thousands of hours in the cockpit and still fly with an instructor or examiner every six months or so. Some of the approaches I must be able to do are rarely assigned in real life, so refreshing is important. I've had engine failures, gear failures, electrical failures and others in real life, but thank goodness I've never had a fire. At least once per year, I train for a fire in a simulator.
There are many things in sailing that one may not actually experience for years, if ever. MOB recovery perhaps. Sure you could trial and error till you get it right, or fast track the process by having someone show you and you use it on your own later.
After six years, the OP's reassimilation would be substantially expedited with an instructor, then "grow a pair" and get out there and do it. One may be able to figure it out on their own, but that requires more than a pair, it requires much more time. Not to mention the awareness of what to train for.
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