I don't what to sound pompous with the following, it is not that i am not willing to step down for a few days it is more that time and money
is a limited resource better spent on a boat and/or tougher coursework.
Looking at the material in the syllabus and books
associated within asa
101,103 and 104 it is material I experienced many years ago. I have been sailing since i was a week old. I am 35. I have extensive inland and great lake sailing, a lot of coastal and some blue water
under my belt. Some in high lat. 108 would be a great course but it has the prerequisites of ASA
101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 (i do need a refresh on 107). The time and money
for these could be better spent on tougher classes
?) When i enquirer about challenging ('testing out') courses it is not much cheaper. I assume because a large practical assessment is included. Yes/no? Does anyone know of a cheap
?) Are these really prerequisites or is this up to the school
and there is room for exceptions? If so would a bare boat charter
company accept only 106/108 instead? (I realize the curriculum is not entirely spiraled and limited content is not built on in later courses)
?) I had planned to get my 6-pack coast guard commercial license
after I finish my PhD in the next year or 2. Although i have well over the required 360 days in command little of it is within the last 3 years (so the catch 22 is how do i rebuild
my 90days in the last 3y if i have no way to rent a boat). Most all of it is on a sailboat. Lets say I do the coast guard license
and all my hours are on a sailboat. Does this look just as good to charter
companies? I would assume 'better' but i am not familiar with the sailing endorsement system.
?) Are any of the European/Kiwi/Aussi systems taught in the Americas? (preferable centeral america or canada) Where? Which ones are a good program and why? Do these also make you start at the beginning? (i.e. lets say i magically flew to the UK and did the yachtmaster would one need to start at daysailor?)
Originally my wife and I planned to bare boat a good sample of keel
shapes and sail types to get a feel for what we wanted to eventually buy. But after taking some welding classes
and i am now thinking about building a metal boat (famous last words). I have never seen metal boats available for bare boat charter so I now questions how important asa 101, 103, 104 are if i end up never needing access to bare boat charter.
I would rather invest in a upper level course that will expose me to new topics and other peoples ideas of how to handle difficult situations but it seems no one can jump in at their skill level. Is there a way to do that and still retain the chartering license afforded from 101-104?
Thanks in advance for your ideas,