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|12-03-2011 03:32 PM|
I thought I read it in the study guide. I may be incorrect. If you google, the on-water requirements are listed on all of the sites that offer the course.
The required on-water time has to be completed within a certain time frame.
|12-03-2011 11:39 AM|
Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
In NJ, for instance if you hold a CG license you are exempt from having to take the boating safety course; of course, without a license you would need a card to operate a motor vessel. To my knowlege, in NY, there is no general requirement for license, other than for jet ski's. and those under 18.
What we don't know is how much time " most of my life" is. Since the CG license requires " time served". Other than that, a CG course will cover all the required topics needed to pass the exam. The rest is paperwork: Twic card, physical, drug testing, etc etc.
Sailboat training is another track... which can be accomplished in conjunction with pursuing a CG license imo. The OP knew enough to get from Toronto to LI. and has sailed most of his life.
The question, I would have is how much " on water time can be documented".
If there's not enough documentable time, then yes, I'm probably putting the cart before the horse.
|12-03-2011 11:33 AM|
Another angle to consider.
Since you have been boating most of your life, I would think you would be familiar with most of the basics of boat handling. If you are looking to learn the finer points of sailing; sail trim, wind angle, sail choice, tacking, jibing, reaching, beating, etc, etc.. I would find experienced crew to either sail with you or you sail with them. Get yourself on a race boat as a crew member and you will learn a lot, and work a lot.
If your looking to learn coastal navigation, than a classroom should do it. It's not rocket science.
Hands on is my preferred method. Get on a boat as a crew member around the marks and you will learn very quickly.
|12-03-2011 10:07 AM|
Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
|12-03-2011 09:55 AM|
If you've been sailing most of your life, you might want to formalize your experience and go ahead and obtain your CG license? You can take captains course with Sea School. It's not inexpensive though. They have an office on LI. Offshore sailing school has a great reputation. There's Tracey Sailing School in the NJ Highlands/Keyport. True North Sailing School in Jersey City, has a coastal cruising course, which would include some navigation. I'm sure there must be someone in the area that holds an ASA 105 navigation course in the off season.
|12-03-2011 09:32 AM|
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|12-03-2011 07:16 AM|
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|12-03-2011 03:34 AM|
I've been sailing most of life but only on small boats and on local waters. Last summer I bought my first sailboat a Contessa 26. While I know how to sail and managed to sail/motor my Contessa from Toronto to Orient Point, Long Island, there are many things I don't know.
That is not a short delivery trip from Toronto to Orient. Give yourself a little credit.
I would like to learn about coastal navigation, proper use of the radio, radar, sail trim, and safety procedures, anchoring, etc.
The cheaper Power Squadron courses should teach you all you need to know about radio, safety procedures and requirements and some charting and navigating skills. I did this course down at Bennet Field CGA in Brooklyn many years ago.
I'm planning on taking my boat up to Maine next summer but at this point I don't feel comfortable enough with my skill set to do so.
I'd like to find a sailing school in NYC that offers a series of classes and/or certifications.
Well, you picked the perfect time of year in NY to start taking sailing lessons. The main sailing schools of thought offer courses this time of year down in the Islands.
I've looked into Power Squadron classes which seem affordable compared to the local sailing schools. I plan on taking a hands on cruising course in the spring but would like to take advantage of the winter months as well.
I bet that both SUNY maritime in the Bronx and Kings Point Academy on LI also offer similar courses.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Get a few books and supplies like:
Eldridge Tide & Pilot Manual,
a good cruising guide to the NE coast,
paper charts or chart books,
Nigel Caulder's "Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual"
and start reading through them.
I would want to take the coastal cruising course if I was in your boat.
You can use a GPS and paper charts to plot your course on a chart easy enough. The only problem with this method of navigation is that if the GPS fails or batteries die you need redundancy, as in, multiple GPS' and batteries.
It is a really good idea to at least be able to DR or dead reckon your way on the chart since once all your electronics fail that is all you have.
|12-02-2011 08:42 PM|
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|12-02-2011 08:08 PM|
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