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Old 09-06-2015, 15:45   #1
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We just purchased our 1985 42ft Chris Craft Catalina and brought it up to Jacksonville from Cocoa. Luckily we had an experienced Captain (relative) that helped us. We spent 3 days up the inter coastal and learned a lot!

My question is where can I find another Captain or someone with a lot of experience that would be willing to go out with us a few times for a couple of hours to review operating the boat? We would pay of course. The Captain we were lucky enough to have is in Fort Lauderdale full time.

I am looking to get some hands on, in and out of the slip, driving etc.

I see a lot of courses on safety and such but not actually getting on the boat and operating safely.

Thank you!!
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Old 09-06-2015, 16:08   #2
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Re: Instruction?

Try going to, go to the Fla. Ga. Section and put out your request. Find someone with both a license AND experience. Welcome and good luck.
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Old 09-06-2015, 16:12   #3
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Re: Instruction?

Welcome Aboard the forum!

I suggest you post a similar post in the Crew Wanted forum here on this site.

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Make sure you get good references regarding their "teaching" skills more than just the fact that they are a "licensed captain."

Also, you could look for your local chapter of Power Squadron and ask there for the same.

And, there is also the local chapter of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (a volunteer organization). I have met members who are always glad to help a new boater with learning how to safely operate their boats. Very helpful people who volunteer their time.

Good luck and congrats on the new boat!
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