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Training for a noob.

Discussion in 'Licensing & Education' started by Syf350, Feb 14, 2021.

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  1. Syf350

    Syf350 New Member

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    Who would one look to hire to get training on their personal boat? Not looking for a license, just to be comfortable and efficient running a 50-60 footer. Preferably get enough training to single hand.

    And how much time do you think would be necessary to safely operate a boat that size without a captain?

    TIA.
  2. Fishtigua

    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    These days it's all about getting the right paperwork, no option.

    The old days with a Yachtmasters I could drive a huge Superyacht, todays law says I'm not covered for pushing a broom. Check out all your State's Laws.
  3. olderboater

    olderboater Senior Member

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    There are a couple of schools, one in South Florida, where captains train you for a few days, but my preference is as you suggested, a captain on your own boat. I'd suggest several days to get started but then your first few cruises to be with the captain where gradually he lets you do more of it on your own. The big question is what is your current level of boating experience?
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  4. Syf350

    Syf350 New Member

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    Very little, and nothing to speak of at this size.
  5. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    Call your insurance company. They'll probably require you to run with a captain for about a year.
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  6. olderboater

    olderboater Senior Member

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    Then I'd also recommend some formal "book" training prior to the captain so you learn some basics they can build on.
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  7. Esuomm1

    Esuomm1 New Member

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    Don't call your insurance company and say, hey, I know nothing, please insure me. They'll ask you for information and then decide to insure you or not. Then read all they send you to make sure all is OK (which you should always do w/any insurance policy).

    As far as not knowing anything. Get to a USCG boating safety type course to see what's available in your area. Good way to get your feet wet https://uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/boating-safety-courses.php Also, read up on boat navigation, youtube, etc. as soon as and as much as you can.

    Then ask some people who run boats near your marina to see if someone is around to help you out...you'll find someone good eventually. You can also ask a similar question on other fishing websites' regional page. One thing I'd recommend early is don't get a slip where there's a heavy current...a strong current will make your docking, etc. exponentially more difficult and you don't need that during your formative year(s).

    Have fun and make sure you have all the safety gear necessary, EPIRB mostly.
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  8. NYCAP123

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    Let me add that your dockmaster should be able to get you in touch with captains to train or run with you.
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  9. CaptPKilbride

    CaptPKilbride Senior Member

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    Great advice, the "bible" is Chapman's Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling... but there are plenty of other books like it. Tons of information that will stand you in good stead as a learning foundation to build on.
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