At 53, being trained and experienced as a machinist, mechanic
, draftsman, and finally, engineer
, including 5 years USN Active, I am thoroughly versed with the similarities and differences between training and experience.
Thing is, when you're sailing time is limited and often requires a major trip to make it happen, schools are a great way to ensure you make the most of a training period. My ASA
101 to 104 was in '99, on board a 34' Hunter
on Lake Michigan, on weekends. My ASA 105 was in '01, a week on board a 44' Oceanus in the BVI's. Since then, I picked up a 14' sprit-rigged cat boat 5 summers ago, and have since had it out about 100 times, with an average of 2-1/2 hours water-time a sail. And I've rented boats on the Carolina sounds numerous times too.
While experience matters, I'd be a damned fool to go into it blind-folded. So, to make it clear, and by no means trying to hurt anyone's feelings, it is not someone's approval to take lessons I am looking for. I will be taking them, period.
What I am looking for are the inputs of any one who HAS taken them, what they did, and what they thought of their instructors.