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If any sailnetter's want to say hi I am a scheduled to be a the ASA booth Saturday 4:30-6:30?

Some years their was a meet-up scheduled. Anything this year?
 

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I'm docked across from Boatyard so if folks are interested in organizing a get-together for sundowners Friday/Saturday/Sunday just pipe up. My marina has some picnic tables for slipholders and could be a good spot for a BYOB/BYOL potluck. The tables aren't protected from the rain, but on Friday and Saturday I expect everyone will be in their foulies anyway. :) Since I live aboard the interior of my boat is a wreck with far too much stuff, but if we're only a dozen or less we can sit in the cockpit of my boat with a great sunset view of Spa Creek.
 

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I need an ASA 104 certificate to bareboat for 1 week in Croatia next September.

I took and taught sailing with the U.S. Navy Sailing Association in the 1970's. Since then I have owned and raced boats from 14 to 38 feet, both onshore and offshore. I currently own a Bavaria 38 Ocean Center Cockpit in Annapolis.

I have taught navigation, and I have taught many of my own crew to sail; some of them now own and race their own boats. I do my own maintenance and have rebuilt the diesel engine from my previous boat in my own garage.

Now I need ASA 104 certification to bareboat in Croatia. I have never gotten any ASA certification so I need an instructor to administer the tests and to demonstrate that I exceed the requirements for #104.

I want to keep the costs and time down and I don't need a sailing school. We can use my boat and if we need to do an overnight demonstration I can assure you that you will eat well and sleep in comfort. (My wife and I are great cooks!)

I will need proof that you are able to provide me with a legitimate certification and perhaps a referral or two.
 

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I need an ASA 104 certificate to bareboat for 1 week in Croatia next September.
Testing out is the right answer. You may find that working with a sailing school is the best way to find an ASA instructor to work with you on your own boat. Give Sailtime, Annapolis Sailing School, and MD School for Seamanship a call and lay out your desires. Can't hurt, might help.

Good luck.
 

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HOW DID I MISS THIS THREAD??

Sorry I missed seeing you guys yesterday. It was great meeting JimGo and his lovely family.
 

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We were able to meet up with RunningRabbit and cheftosail.

Which means we got the tour of a great marina and the oldest sailing club on the chessi.

Good food and good friends, thanks to all.
 
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I need an ASA 104 certificate to bareboat for 1 week in Croatia next September.
In the future you will have more responses if you start your own thread.

Posting an unrelated question to an existing thread is the internet equivalent of sailing with your fenders down.:)

In this case since I started the thread and it is a short lived topic no harm is done. Sort of like leaving your fenders down for a day-sail.

Did you mention where you are located? I missed that.

To answer your question you have to deal with a school because an ASA instructor can not certify you without a schools backing.

Many schools are very small with one or two owner/instructors with whom you can make a deal. Just tell them what your qualifications are and what your needs are and I'll bet you they will make you an offer that makes sense.

They usually want to use their boat because of insurance. They are looking for a daily rate and about 4 people in a boat. If you can tag along for one day on a 3 person boat I would expect that would be the cheapest. An instructor on your own boat for a day or so might actually cost more.

Since you are asking for something out of the ordinary at a reduced price a total lack of arrogance will get you far. It would help if you looked at this from the ASA schools point of view and be as cooperative as possible. I'm not suggesting that you would be arrogant, it is just that when someone who is vastly overqualified like yourself is forced to jump through bureaucratic hoops that seem stupid it is sometimes hard to project the image that will get you what you want.

You also might want to ask your charter company if they require 101 and 103 also. I have not heard of anyone who skips classes but I have heard of people who test out of them.

I would recommend that you buy the book(s) and study.

If you haven't taken multiple choice tests in a while you will want to study.

Getting a passing mark on a multiple question test is a completely different skill than knowing how to sail. Both are required for the ASA certificate.
 

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Dang! I walked right by you in this window but hadn't seen this thread, so I didn't stop.

I figured all the Sailnet-ers would be at the bar. ;)
 

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Dear David:

I did start several threads and a poll on this and the Cruisers Forum.

I never sail with my fenders down, I stow them in their own locker. But I also carry spares when I cruise...

My boat is in Annapolis and I posted on your thread because you said you were working the ASA booth and I figured you might know some folks/schools and could help narrow my search. I stopped by the booth on Saturday also but you had stepped out.

While what I am asking for is unusual, if more charter destinations require ASA/USSA certification, then there will be more of a demand for this kind of product or else these destinations will see a drop in business.

If you are interested, search "ASA" on this forum and Cruisers Forum to see my other threads. I also wrote to Spinsheet and Sail Magazine with an article request. I do plan to be humble and I know there is always more to learn. My problem is the time and expense to do a one week bareboat may simply not be worthwhile. I think there is an opportunity here for schools/instructor-owners. You are invited to post on my threads also.

Sorry for the invasive hijack of your thread. I thought I'd see you at the show.

-ARGold
 

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Dang again - I owe Jimgo a drink (if not a sail) for putting me in touch with the previous owner of my boat. I'd probably still be kicking tires instead of sailing if it weren't for you.
 
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