I'm planning on joining an organized 7 day sailing
trip out of Traverse City in late June, partly because I love the area but mostly because I want to see if I enjoy living on a boat for a week at a time enough to invest into a cruising boat of my own.
I already have the ASA
stickers for Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising - I picked those up in San Francisco
years ago when I lived out there. I did a whole lot of day charters back then, mostly in the 30 to 35 foot range. (Gotta love the wind
there in the summer!) But being able to return a boat to a club and let them deal with pump outs, mechanical issues, etc. is a whole different kettle of fish
, I'm thinking.
For the last 5 years I've been living in the midwest, and my sailing has been on Lasers and Hobies, 2 to 4 weeks every summer - but the larger boats are calling to me.
As part of this 7 day trip, I for sure plan to add ASA
104 (Bareboat Chartering) to my collection of stickers. So finally to the questions: what do you all think of ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) and ASA 106 (Advanced Coastal Cruising) ? The incremental cost to add these to the trip are $250 for ASA 105 and $150 for ASA 106.
It if changes your thoughts on the matter, I'm thinking likely an older classic plastic 30 to 35 footer, should I decide to buy - likely based out of the Port Clinton area of Lake Eric.
Thanks in advance!