First of all, I feel very strongly about getting professional instruction, from a highly qualified instructor who has taught structured courses, and maybe made up their own courses.
Apparently being on lessons or seminars with other people is not what you wish to experience.
I cannot speak for Mexico
, but I hold a U.S.C.G merchant marine
, 5th issue and have been teaching sailing, motor
at sea , navigation, etc for about 30 years. Add in charter and deliver skipper, and floatila leader in the south pacific
, and caribbean
, and california
coast and channel islands.
That leaves the sometimes controversial question of private lessons on your boat.
1. You might follow thru with your idea of Private lessons by a pro on your vessel . min 3 hrs per lesson for basic and intermediate, ( sets of 3 each ) 6 hrs for advanced. Plus private seminar on Coastal Piloting and Navigation . One full weekend, or three week nights .
2. Stowing all personal gear
and boat inventory. NOTHING CAN GO ADRIFT
3. Boat Systems, not just GPS
ans Auto pilot and press the start button
room, any signs of fluid leaks
, check oil
, trans. fluid, engine coolant
all belts, check dip stick is snug and secure, check for leaks
again after engine
has been running
, VHF radio
procedures, fresh water
pressure, check and close all
and marine head
sink taps. Turn of fresh water breaker.
Visually check all Fuel
and Fresh Water tanks
Top of all tanks
and check that all gages read as they should.
, ship to ship, emergencies, may day, pan, security
. Calling and working channels. SOUND SIGNALS WHISTLE , FOG
and manuevering, and distress
:, Check battery
water if possible, Battery
Master switch, check volt meter, one, two, and both . Set battery on both for Start. ( Or engine ).
panel check and set all breakers, Turn off those not in use..
House battery after engine shutdown.
Check all breakers and check each item itself. Wind
, kt meter, VHF, wind
indicators, all navigation items, all running lights, anchor
lights ' steaming light.
light. Stove safety
operation, tank location and proper method to change tanks, fire fighting
and how to handle on board fires A, B, and C.
6. Check all safety equipment
, Fire Extinguisher ( inspection
dates , proper number,
locations and proceduress. Flare gun kit. Distress
flag. M.O.B. Pole and
horsehoe, first aid kit. tool kit, bungs.
Life Jackets, condition, number of adult, child, type, easy to access location.
7. marine head
operation, all valve settings for holding tank
8. Valve settings for fresh water, and ice box drain. Emergency
shut off valve for fuel
tying, bowlines, rolling hitches, figure 8 knots, sheet bends, clove hitches,
proper cleat hitches.
10. Check ships compass
with your hand bearning compass
...check headings match
Also check the auto pilot heading matches up.
12. Engine Start procedures : Center wheel
, gears in neutral, battery switch set,
Prop clear of obstructions, or dinghy painter. Glo plug
as required, Set throttle,
start, check trans . operation. Check over the stern for coolant
Top side: Check life lines and stanchions, and all standing and running rigging
, Know the location and maybe color of each line.
Fenders and dock
lines stowed .
Add in : Sail hoisting, proper tension on the luffs, foot , and leach. All, pre checks for hoisting the main sail. Know every running rigging
line and what they do.
for the jib
, proper placement of sheet blocks .
Then sailing, sail trim, points of sail, heading up, falling off, coming about, jibing, heaving to, getting out of irons.
Docking under sail and power.
Again , this is just the beginning if you may wish to learn to be a good and safe and skilled sailor.
There is much, much more. You choice as who you select as an instructor. Beware of the bar talk. You might ask you prospective person who says he will teach you, see if he begins with some the above .
The ocean does not love you, and it is a good plan to learn everything you can by study, on board lessons, seminars, continued reading practics and the big one, GAIN EXPERIENCE.
Who ever is going to train you, ask for a syllabus , lesson plan, of what he is going to teach you. If possible, get a pro and get his references
All of the above and much more should be on his list that he can hand you. And, it should be structured and orderly. But, that all is if you wish to take all that into consideration .
Most people will not put in the time and effort , and that is all up to the individual.
And , one last point, even us old, really old salts, are continuing to learn, We will never know it all.
You all have the correct idea, of not listening to the mantra, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SAIL A DINGHY.
Good fortune, fair winds, and congrats on your new boat
Oh, yes, and HAVE FUN !