I have been lurking around here for a while now as I self-isolate. I am a former Coast Guard sailor living in the Puget Sound
now as a university professor. I served on two ice breakers and a medium endurance cutter
during my time in the Coast Guard,in addition to teaching navigation
and shiphandling at the academy. I have been looking into getting back into sailing again, as its been 30+ years since I did off shore racing
or other extended sailing. In the service
I did sail around the world as well as do considerable amounts of shiphandling and navigation
on the Great Lakes
and the West Coast
of the US - I am very familiar with coastal and celestial navigation
. I was navigator for pre-GPS trips to Antarctica as well as circumnavigating North America.
My plan is to go through the ASA
courses with my wife so that we can do some bareboat
charters both in the San Juans as well as other parts
of the world. I will have a sabbatical coming up that I would like to do some extended sailing with, and a goal to eventually retire in a few years and do a bit more sailing.
I have purchased the course books
for 101, 103, 104, and 114 already and read through all of them. With the exception of 114 (For Catamarans) all of the other info is pretty much a review for me and I probably could pass the exams right now for all of them . My plan though is to go through the courses with my wife so we both get the certification
and she gets to learn more about sailing. I am also thinking about buying
a small practice boat
that we can put on a mooring
buoy outside our summer vacation
home on Camano Island. I don't think I want to get something big enough to really cruise
the San Juans as yet since I don't think I would use it enough to make it worth while - but I am looking into the yacht management programs just to see how those might work
Anyway I am really into doing research
prior to jumping into things, so I really appreciate all the insights folks post here!