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Old 09-02-2018, 18:31   #16
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Re: Building up sailing resume for insurance

Someone is always looking for crew to help them move a boat. Quite common to get your travel costs covered if you can donate the time. This will allow you to experience different boats, different setup, and different captains, so you can then form some opinions of what like or not.

And keep a log of every single boat that you are on and what you did, even if it was just an afternoon outing. Insurance companies like to see volumes of information. Include in the list every course, seminar or presentation related to boating that you attend. This list will also help you get the crew positions.
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Old 09-02-2018, 19:42   #17
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I bought my IP460 6 years ago, I have 2 offers from insurance company's to underwrite my trip to the South Seas from Mexico and beyond. I never raced, never crewed...in fact the IP is my 1st boat ever, so don't sweat it, buy the boat, learn to be safe and things will work out.
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Old 09-02-2018, 20:01   #18
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There is no way to know what it's like to own a boat until you do. The boat will teach you things you have no idea you need to learn.
Insurance is important but more important is the idea that you will enjoy, or at least not mind, taking care of a boat. you must handle your own water/electric/sewage/engine systems.

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Old 10-02-2018, 06:27   #19
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Re: Building up sailing resume for insurance

There is a delightful thread about a couple who ran aground and lost their keel. Please don’t be them!

Bay racing is a great way to master sail trim. It teaches nothing about using systems, navigation and failure analysis (figuring out what broke and why).

Take the ASA classes with different instructors perhaps even a different school. Why? You learn each Instructor’s good and bad habits (except me -I have none). By rotating instructors you will get a better education.

Then sail- anything anywhere- just sail. The same physics that made a 19’ Lightening go fast also make a 54 HunBeneCatJen go. IMHO day sail smaller boats on your own first. There is less energy in the jib of a 25-30 boat than a 44 or 50 footer. So if you do something stupid (and you will) the odds are much lower you will get hurt.

Working deliveries is good, but often it is a grind and not a lot of time for tutoring. You will learn on them by observing what is done when things happen. But work a few, spending a few days out of the sight of land, and no cell phone is a different experience.

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Re: Building up sailing resume for insurance

Lots of different ideas.

So of course, we have ours as well.

1. Log every sailing experience,

2, Learn and practice coastal navigation, and even how to use a sextant . And of course GPS. Use all aspects of navigation not just depend on electronic aids only.


3. Stand watches, set schedules, be aware of traffic situations, and weather changes, know sail trim, reef down early, learn to marine weather, and how to get forecasts, and also by wind direction, clouds, and looking at the sea state. Take a really good marine weather class.

5. Good plan to learn how to fix boat problems, including all boat systems, engines, heads, fresh water, electrical, standing rigging, all pumps, the list goes on and on, etc.

6. Take longer passages, coastal or off shore, and keep pilling on those experiences.

7. Practice all different methods of anchoring, single hook, bow and stern and bahamian more, and when to use them. And of course mooring pickups, and docking.
learn to do these undersail, as well as power. Some areas you will be cruising will med moor to the dock, and use pilings.

8. understand fully SKIPPERS RESPONSIBILITY for the boat and everyone on board.

9. Racing, if you enjoy it, why not. Go for it ! But, my experience with racing skippers, was opposite of my attitude on safety and good seaman ship and common sense. Plus all the screaming and cursing, and after the race, complaining and protesting, etc. They get people hurt and at the after race party brag about that, or blowing out sails, breaking something, etc.

Not all racing skippers are what I have experienced. Watch the America's Cup crews, all calm collected, and professional, and racing the big boys. There are other racing skippers in the Y.C. races that are excellent. And you will learn sail trim big time as well as racing tactics.

9. I like taking your sailing classes with different instructors, and learning every thing that you can from all of them, and put all that into practice.

10. You need to get our there and sail, a lot, and in rough weather, and use different sail plans to handle those conditions. Get your crew accustom to rough weather sailing, and safety harness, and tethers and jack lines.

11, Learn to read reefs, and shallows,and what navigational aids you will be experiencing in different countries. And use and study cruising guides ahead of time, and be prepared.

Might even get some experience bare boat chartering in different cruising grounds that prepare you sailing in totally different conditions that home ports. Maybe the BVI and Tahiti.

As to the insurance, you are getting great advice from the other posters. But the best thing is not to need to file a claim, and keep you and your vessel and crew safe and happy by using your knowledge and good seamanship.
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Good Luck Resistor...We have similar plan...Finishing the purchase of a St Francis catamaran next month. Thanks for the Good Question and Thank You to EVERYONE for information and sound advice.

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Here's a good review of the best yacht incurance:
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One thing that wasn't mentioned so far is Mahina Expoditions where you can buy a berth on a passage and they do education as well as help you build some offshore miles and find out if it is really for you before you take the big ticket dive in.
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I'm curious how you go about proving any of this information. Do you give references and include people's contact information?
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