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"Also, making it up to the 104 is a bareboat charter cert. So, the ASA log will be your proof of training if you want to charter someday"

I have this cert. and I am interested in chartering in the near future. Does anyone know how much clout this carries with charter companies?

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The Admiral and i each had up to 104 with a few dozen daysails in keelboats as the total of our experience, and we were allowed to charter, no problem.
-Did the fact that we both had the paper matter? Maybe, i don't know.
-Did the charter company ask the school? I would think so, but i don't know.
-Were we comfortable? Yes, but we had along a friend with lots of beachcat experience (but no papers), i had been reading everything sailing for years, and we were cautious.
-Did we have any problems? No, thankfully.
-Did they have our credit card as ransom? You bet your ar$e they did!

I suspect that last item is the one that truly matters

From a safety standpoint (your safety, that is) what really matters is what you actually retain and still understand from the classes once you let go the docklines.
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Bardo:

Try looking up US Sailing too. They are the equivalent to ASA excpet they are a not-for-profit organization and therefore the classes are a bit cheaper but instruction is just as good.

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Thanks. She's a lot of work.
Sapper... is that a Shannon 28? Beautiful!
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Nope, but close. She is a Pacific Seacraft Orion. Funny thing is a new thread just popped up recently, "Shannon 28 vs. Orion 27" (or something to that affect).

Another thing about taking courses is that you can work your way up to more serious things like 106, advanced coastal, and 108, offshore passage making. I don't know of other schools courses, but the school I mentioned earlier does a Delmarva circumnavigation for 106. For 108 they do Norfolk to Bermuda, or St. Thomas to Bermuda, either to or from each location. If you take 107 for celestial nav before taking 108, you can do the practical excersise portion, taking actual sights, during the cruise to get the 107 cert. Now, I haven't taken these upper level courses yet, but my uncle has, also through the Md. School of Sailing, and has nothing but great things to say of the experience and knowledge gained from them. So you can take it as far as you are willing to go (and afford $$$). There are many ways to learn new things about sailing, but my experience with this particular school has been nothing but positive.
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Nope, but close. She is a Pacific Seacraft Orion. Funny thing is a new thread just popped up recently, "Shannon 28 vs. Orion 27" (or something to that affect).
That's funny... after hitting the Submit button I was second guessing myself thinking it was an Orion. Both beautiful boats. Congrats!
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