Originally Posted by conachair
It would be worthwhile asking on a UK based forum like Ybw as well, it can be a mine of info.
Or they could do what they always do and tell the OP he doesn't want one of these new-fangled fasttack courses and that he should start with dinghies for a few years and then join a sailing club like 4 generations of their families did before them...
There's another thread I recently contributed some thoughts to here:
UKSA, BOSS or Hamble
In his parallel post on YBW Dan puts in the desire to learn on different boats and the suggestion of a particular school he's looked at. As a responder there suggested: phone
up the schools and ask about what you'll learn on. Bigger schools would probably have a wider selection of boats although not sure I've seen a lot of schooners, ketches or cats wth sailing school
logos in the solent so be prepared to compromise on that requirement: You can always use the month or two after the course and before starting work to find other boats to sail on. It's maybe personal preference but I'll repeat (from the thread I linked to) that if I had my time again and didn't have a personal recommendation for the actual instructor who would be assigned, I'd go for a school which assigned a variety of instructors in order to see different techniques and minimise the impact of a duff instructor, so that's worth asking about.
I note from their website that the school Dan mentions in his YBW post (which I'd not heard of before) has an arrangement with a delivery
company for "mileage building". I'm guessing then that the delivery
company gets free labour, sailing school
don't have to devote a school boat and instructor to "mileage building". Maybe that could increase the variety of boats you see, but unless I've misinterpreted (which I may well have done) that would be an interesting one from a legal/coding point of view: maybe you have to sign to say you're doing that part as a "volunteer" and nothing to do with the course you've paid for or something dodgy like that.
Obviously being able to stay on board for the shore-based stuff will reduce your costs substantially.
To cut down a huge field then I'd start with the bigger ones, see who has dates and availability which suit you, then call them up and ask about variety of boats, instructors and ability to stay on board.