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Old 14-12-2012, 18:32   #31
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Re: Where can I improve sailing skills in FL?

Unless you are going to do some serious sailing, by spending weeks at sea in a given year, I would consider chartering from owners. Most boat owners are eager to charter their boats, PROVIDED that you can prove to them your knowledge (certification & seamanship experience) in addition to financial responsibility (insurability risk). It does not make any financial sense to buy a boat then sailing it for just a few weeks in a year; it is not a cost effective undertaking. Rearranged differently...if you plan on sailing less than 9 weeks per year, consider chartering; about 10% of the actual cost of a purchased sailboat PLUS uncertainty fudge factor.

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