Originally Posted by AirHead
Did you take ASA 101 and 103 back to back so you can go out and can practice often even by yourself or did you spend time crewing
in between the 2 courses? What would be your suggested time table in terms of taking the courses vis-a-vis hands-on time to make sure you're maximizing what can be learned from the courses?
I did not take 103. They let me take their smaller 26 ft boats out right after 101. I became proficient with them. Met lots of friends, and sailed on bigger boats. Read a lot, and advanced myself by just sailing. I think the courses are great, but for me, once I learned the basics, I preferred to just read on my own, and then ask questions when out with friends, etc.
You should be able to start going out by yourself right away, but I would take someone with you for the first few times to help with docking
while handling sails, etc. until you feel comforatable on your own. It's always nice to have the extra hands and company anyway.
Shilshole has one of the biggest live-aboard communities on the West Coast
, and so there are always friendly people around, and a lot of racing
just outside the marina, so crewing is easy to do.