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Old 06-09-2014, 12:42   #16
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Re: Seeking Wisdom of those that learned from Mistakes!

I don't believe that the YMCA has taught SCUBA for decades, too bad because it is the opinion of many that their course is far superior to almost all that are taught now.

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Old 06-09-2014, 13:53   #17
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Re: Seeking Wisdom of those that learned from Mistakes!

There's another recent joiner of CF, who calls himself "Broken Sailor". You can do a forum search on his name and see some of the questions he's been getting answers to relative to the costs of keeping boats in the SE United States. With boats, deferred maintenance can sink you, so your budget will have to include unexpected largish bills, unless you are able to to most of it yourself.

Since Puerto Rico is your dream, you might want to research whether it is legal there to liveaboard, whether there will be import fees for your boat, and so on.

The advice to start crewing on other people's boats is excellent, and should be fun. As others have suggested, go aboard as many different types of boats as possible. You'll be learning what you prefer as well as gaining sailing competency. One advantage of having no experience is that a skipper can train you to his or her own way of doing things: different ships, different long splices.

A while back there was a thread here about the main knots and hitches you should know. You can teach yourself those, and practice them.

Good luck with it.


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Old 07-09-2014, 13:55   #18
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Re: Seeking Wisdom of those that learned from Mistakes!

Really good sailing classes on ray Hubbard, rush creek.michael hoyt instructor. I took Asa 101,103,105 there. Good intro into sailing.

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