I was curious in opinions regarding owner training. We have hired professional captains, but my wife and I also intend to have them train us and also go through formal training programs and go for certification along the way. In no way do we intend to replace the captains but we do want to operate our boats as well and get comfortable and proficient in all phases. Our experience has been on smaller boats and inland waters. While we know we have to build the experience before we can get licensed, we intend to take a 100 Ton Master course very soon. While we don't intend to target commercial or hazardous material hauling or towing, we do see many courses we think will benefit us over time. A couple we wouldn't have thought of involve first aid, medical care at sea, and emergency procedures. We also have no desire to become engineers or mechanically expert, we will want to be educated on the basic equipment and get some essential knowledge. Our love of the water isn't being treated like royalty or taken care of in every way. We love boating. We love being on the water. We love the freedom. And we love exploring new waters. It's out intent to become the most proficient laypersons we can. We've read more stories of other's experiences than you can imagine and we dream of the West Coast one year, of the Great Loop sometime, and of an Atlantic crossing. But when we do cross the Atlantic, we don't want to just be passengers. We want to spend time in the Pilothouse under the supervision of a Captain, navigating, keeping watch, piloting. Now one day we may do a little fishing or a little sailing but when it comes to those we have no desire to do the hard part. Fishing, you take us there and tell us what to do. Sailing, we may want to experience the feeling but we have no plans or desires to do the work. So, feel free to fire away. Are our plans insane? Recommendations? How have others done it.