Due to some very fortunate circumstances, I will take delivery
of a new Fountaine Pajot Saba
50 six cabin
(+2 fore peak berths for crew) in BVI
in December. The boat
will be in charter
for a year or two at least, but I will use it as often as I can. I have never sailed, so I am looking for a bit of advice to increase my knowledge and keep me busy while waiting this summer.
I have two thoughts after reading a lot about sailing schools. One train of thought is get all the ASA
certifications I can as well as time aboard a cat to learn all I can this summer in Rhode Island
. The 2nd train of thought is to get ASA
101 this summer and then just wait until my boat
is delivered and hire a certifying skipper
to teach me on my boat. The 2nd way seems appealing as it will be personalized and more fun/relaxing.
In the end I want to feel knowledgeable, safe and able to handle situations that may arise as I skipper
my own boat, possibly for charter
guests some day. My background is power boats of 30-40 ft on inland lakes and a former life as a US NAVY
submariner trained in navigation
as a SONAR supervisor. I have a very technical background in electronics
, motors, generators and mechanical equipment
. I am a super geek and will install as many wireless sensors on my boat as I can to monitor
systems performance and health
Looking forward to joining the fun and relaxation of sailing soon!
Thanks for any advice and comments.