Depends on the experience and foolhardiness of the people concerned, surely? Right now, Nanny doesn't mandate anything - but most people do some course, or they've been doing it for years and don't need a course.
Comes in handy when your most beloved and respected instructor wants to go out play in those interesting looking breakers just beyond the pointy rocks and you as owner would rather have some boat left to play with in the future. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
As with most things in life. Bits of paper mean nothing. But surely you know yourself whether you can read a chart, understand tides and find your way about. Only some people benifit from academic studies, others just have to go out and just do it. Get a friend to go out with you, or an instructor if you have any doubts.
Agree with Haydn there is nothing like a good freind that knows the area and can teach you local navigation when you go out for rthe first few times at least. self study is important and so is expanding your horizons safely.
Pieces of paper dont always mean you know best but the courses are handy to take as just when you think you know most of it you learn something new.
I personally feel that its about time I took some exams but then again how many of you out there have been over here and followed the navigation I have given you or been on my boat through some of the narrower passages.
Yes, they do but my opinion may not be the same as others on here, and many have a lot more experience on different aspects and kinds of boating.
Putting my instructor head on.
It all depends on what you want to do with the boat,
And the age of the boat i.e. its reliability,
And the cruising area you are in.
The best thing to do when you get your boat at first is to get to know where everything is and have an idea what it does and how it works. There should be manuals on all the systems on the boat if there is not it’s worth getting copies of them.
The most basic courses I would recommend
VHF/DSC courses. [One day] 1 person on the boat needs to have this one to use the radio legally
PB2 [2 day course]
ICC [3 days or direct assessment]
These are fine and with common sense will get you out on the boat. But only a basic knowledge of navigation is taught on these courses.
To be a bit more confident, you could do
Day skipper and Yachtmaster theory classes, then learn to use what you have learnt on the water, not always as easy as it sounds.
Day skipper practical. This is a 4 or 5-day course and is a good course, make sure the school you use does real night hours; they are something you love or hate.
This would give you more confidence from the start. Then as your confidence in your self and the boat grows you have the navigation skills to go further field.
what courses should i have done? (i have already done some but are they enough?)
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Simply doing a course does not qualify you! It can only give you the basic knowledge on which to build. Apart from the "must have" courses such as VHF, you need to get out on the water. Start with Day Skipper practical and then go and really learn. I think you said you had Day Skipper, but was not sure if that was only theory? Theory is a foundation towards understanding but any reasonably inteligent person should pass- the same goes for Ym theory. But at the end of the day, it's water time that counts!! There is no substitute
Oh, a course which I think is a must, and also great fun, is the sea survival course - amazing what you learn on that. OK so it's not the same as doing a liferaft drill for real - and lets hope you never have to - but you leran othere things as well.
Whatever you do, enjoy it, but you'll never stop learning and finding yourself in unique situations. The sea don't do "same"
Thank you to everyone for their very helpful comments.
have done all that has been suggested: VHF/DSC; day skipper theory and practical @ East Angian Sea School-so had the delight of night hours in the River Orwell with a rudddy great freighter, going into Ipswich. up me jacksi......that was an eye opener. considering YM later this year.
as for the boat, when it arrives, another Sealine. so shouldnt find the where is everything too difficult.
have been cruising on inland waterway (River Ouse) for a few years so know how to handle a boat without tide.
and i just cant wait to get on the sea and put her thru her paces.
experience will be helped by accompanied trips to St Katherines Dock in June; and a week in Holland.
Roll on April when she should be delivered
no doubt i shall ask for more guidance in the future.
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