The wife and I will be buying
a midsize (34-40 foot) cat in a couple of years for liveaboard
and eventually fulltime cruising. Unflortunately this will likely involve a rather large boat loan. After poking around on some of the posts it looks like it's easier to obtain financing
if you have experience piloting a similar sized boat.
I have decades of boating
experience (mostly small powerboats) and have owned 4 sailboats, from a Hobie 16 up to an Irwin
34. But I am entirely self-taught. (books and the school
of hard knocks) My only cruising cat experience was a week long charter
with some friends on a Moorings 37 in the Abacos a few years ago. (I was not the skipper).
It seems that a good way to get the experience would be by chartering (as the skipper), so I was wondering if any of you could recommend a good sailing school
here in Florida
that has a catamaran bareboat certification
program. There are tons of them on the web so personal experience/word of mouth would be invaluable.
Dodging hurricanes in New Smyrna Beach, Fl