My first post here, glad to be part of the forums
I completed ASA
101 in July and 103 in September (PNW - Seattle).
Never sailed before, sailing kind of did not exist as an option in my mind, but once the idea was planted in my mind this summer, I got hooked. (you know the story - can't stop reading about sailing etc..)
I joined my local club where I took lessons and am planning to attend their monthly flotillas, maybe take the boat out myself (problem - at the moment I don't know anyone that would go out with me, but hopefully that will be fixed with time) a couple of times during Fall/Winter, then try to join local weekly races on regular basis to get more sailing in Spring/Fall., Hopefully this will give me enough experience to be able to take ASA
104 in a year or so. After that continue sailing within a club and eventually bareboat charter
Not so much racing
(although I did not try it yet, so who knows), more of a cruising family
type of thing. Long term goal currently is to be able to bareboat charter
in BVIs with my family
are 8 and 10 now.
1. Will I have enough experience to take ASA 104 in year? I want to make it meaningful, not just finish the course to get a paper where it says I passed the test.
2. Does 1.5-2.5 years sounds as a good timeline to start bareboat chartering assuming sailing as frequently as I described? My family can learn the basics, but I need to be able to skipper
well, because my wife at the moment is not willing to take classes
. Kid are willing, but they are kids
3. What are other good places for bareboat chartering for beginners besides BVIs? Based on what I heard I'll start there, but what are the alternatives?