Like Tree3Likes

REcommended safety courses

Reply
Old 07-08-2014, 04:09 PM
  #1
Registered
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 85
Default REcommended safety courses

I just bought a 38' Excaliber and it'll be my first time with a high power boat and twin screws. I've got years of experience with small single engine boats on the rivers here in Jacksonville, FL and the intercoastal waterway in the Largo/St. Pete, FL area. I've also been sailing my whole life and learned open water sailing and various navigation skills (all non-GPS) as a kid in the bay of Naples, Italy and beyond when I was in my teens.

With that being said, I've got a good knowledge base to start with but want to know which courses are recommended. Should I get a Captains license incase I want to venture out into open waters or one day, far into the future, start chartering day cruises with all of the boats I have? If so, which is the best route to go? Is the online courses sufficient or would the class room instruction be much better? I was grandfathered in to the system here in FL and don't require the boaters license but I'm taking the online course anyway. Beyond that, which direction do you recommend I go from there?

Barnacle
Barnacle Bill is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2014, 04:29 PM
  #2
Registered
Trade Score: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Cape coral, FL
My Boats: 35 Fountain
Posts: 3,313
Default

One of the best and it will help with insurance is tres martins course. He will help teach you about a offshore performance and help you learn yours better. Not cheap but worth it from the words of many on here. I wouldn't get a license unless you decide to charter it. Makes you legally more liable and costs money that you don't need to spend if not using it
I.C.U.Lookin is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2014, 04:30 PM
  #3
Registered
Trade Score: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Cape coral, FL
My Boats: 35 Fountain
Posts: 3,313
Default

http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/g...-calendar.html

Here's his thread with dates and locations. Also you can get info on his site
I.C.U.Lookin is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2014, 04:52 PM
  #4
Registered
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 85
Default

Thank you. That is pricey, but looks like I need to start saving my allowance.

Last edited by Barnacle Bill; 07-08-2014 at 04:54 PM.
Barnacle Bill is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2014, 02:12 PM
  #5
Offshoreonly Advertiser
Offshoreonly Advertiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: spring valley,ny usa
My Boats: varied
Posts: 1,987
Default

Spend the money on the TRES MARTIN course,it's better than spending money on legal or medical bills.
sy goldberg is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2014, 05:51 PM
  #6
Registered
VIP Member
Trade Score: (8)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: CapeComa,FL
My Boats: Sold Formula to pay for tow boat us law suit
Posts: 1,391
Default

From my perspective.......

I too own several boats. With that, a requirement of a "licensed coast guard approved captain in good standing" must provide the orientation to the bare boat renter.......and that's exactly what I needed to become before I could get coverage.

With that, it is illegal to operate a vessel "for hire" without proper coastguard licensing.

I am 44, and started boating as a competitive water skier at 6. When I realized the requirements for my insurance and liability, I signed up with sea school.

In my time, I have had no less than 20, but more like 30 boats.

You would be amazed at what you DON'T know.
commandersander is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2014, 11:04 PM
  #7
VIP Member
VIP Member
 
mspdoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Michigan
My Boats: Donzi 38ZR, Donzi 26ZX
Posts: 142
Cool

I just went through the Tres Martin School 2 months ago. I liked it a lot. Ask all the questions you want!. The topic that I wanted to really know better was hydrodynamics. Great stuff. As a professional pilot used to learning aerodynamics it was the information I needed to know operating a performance boat. If you are even mildly thinking about it..... take it...... your knowledge and skill sets wil be much better and safer.
mspdoc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2014, 10:40 AM
  #8
Registered
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 51
Default

What other courses are available besides Tres Martin.
gordyd4 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2015, 07:18 PM
  #9
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Dallas, TX
My Boats: 1987 Scarab Panther
Posts: 2,102
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gordyd4 View Post
What other courses are available besides Tres Martin.
Golf....much safer than boating at high speed
BenPerfected is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2015, 08:33 AM
  #10
Registered
 
RollWithIt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pittsburgh
My Boats: 98 Baja 36 Outlaw
Posts: 6,095
Default

I will also vouch for Tres Martin's course. Took it this summer and learned a lot. It is a little bit pricey but well worth the money in the long run. Teaches you how to be a safer boater and not beat up your equipment running in an uncontrolled manner as well. But I am sure there are many other recognized coursed you can take until you can put together the cash for his course. Anything of a structured nature with certified instructors is a good start.
RollWithIt is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:48 AM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.