My name is Max and I just joined Cruisers Forum. A brief background: I learned to sail at summer camp, which I attended for 4-6 weeks per summer for about 8 years, sailing a wide variety of boats (sunfish to 16 foot lake hulls)every chance I could get. I got my own boat when I turned 13, so I spent every moment possible sailing my Hobie 14 Turbo (+jib) on a lake in Indiana until I went off to college. Bottom line, many many days of sailing experience in my past, but all on smaller boats on a lake.
After a 15 year drought of no sailing, a friend renewed my interest by taking me out in Lake Michigan on his Tartan (can't remember the size- maybe a 28 or 32 foot?), which I quickly realized I could sale
much better than he
This led to my wife(never sailed, but loves water
& the idea of sailing) and I researching certifications and bareboat
chartering, realizing it would be a perfect vacation
option for us and resulting in her getting me sailing school
for the holidays last month.
My question is: If I took the 5-Day RYA Day Skipper
Practical Course (thinking about doing Sunsail, Port Solent) after studying the theory part at home- online, RYA books
, etc.- would the two of us be able to bareboat
in BVI or similar? I feel comfortable teaching my wife as we go along on our bareboat charter
, but I don't know how a charter
company would feel since it would just be the two of us onboard(which is what we find so attractive- the chance for it to be just the two of us!). Since we like our privacy, having to hire a captain
would be a deal killer for us and we aren't really attracted to flotillas.
Thanks in advance for your great advice,