I’ve never sailed before, but I’d like to learn and think I know where to start. Would anybody care to check my homework?

Hi, A bit of backround first … My only boating experience is chartering motor cruisers on Irish inland waterways( Which I only do once or twice a year ). It’s basically foolproof, and requires no certification or skills outside common sense. But after 10 years of this, I’d like to stretch my wings.

This all started when I discovered that doing a bareboat charter isn’t something merely millionaires could afford. While that’s the end objective, I have a lot to learn before getting there.

Coincidentally, a friend of mine has bought a 32′ sailing cruiser which is moored on Lough Derg but he doesn’t know how to sail either. The upshot of this is that I have a buddy to study with and a sailboat( albeit landlocked) to get some experience on.

So, we need to start somewhere and Competent Crew looks like it requires more starting experience than either of us have.

These two courses seem to be the best and only alternatives, Number 1 and Number 2.

The first course is done on 26 foot 1720 Sportsyachts and the other is done on a Jeanneau Sunfast 37. Are there pros or cons to either of these options?

Would either of these options devote us the experience needed to safely take my friends cruiser out onto the pond on a fine day?

Are there any questions I should be asking before signing up?

Ideally I’d like to be in a position to have my Dayskipper Certification and enough experience to do a bareboat charter or flotilla by Summer 2020. Would this be realistic?

Thanks for reading this far!

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April 18, 2019

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