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I agree with SVauspicious regarding lessons. A few years back I needed to become proficient with jet drives. The boat I needed to operate was not a terribly large boat at 72' and was extremely maneuverable with twin jet drives and something like 1800 hp.
I'm a pretty good boat handler, but I needed about 160 hours boat handling coaching from a jet drive expert before I felt comfortable driving her. Training time was about 1/2 docking, 1/4 man overboard and 1/4 hooking up tows. In order to get the most out of the training we did much of it in the Lower Niagara River (which has class 5+ white water).
72' might seem big, but it was the smallest boat I had run in years, so size isn't relevant to this anecdote, the relevant part is, I didn't know how to handle a boat with jet drives, so I got the training I needed. A few hours is not enough IMO, if I got my first big sailboat I'd be looking for 40+ hours of coaching.
If pros don't walk onto a boat and start driving it with out coaching, why would it be appropriate for beginners?
Last edited by Arcb; 10-22-2016 at 11:32 AM.