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Old 05-03-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hello,
I'm relatively new to boating (having just bought my first boat) and wonder if anyone has some advice on getting more training than the one hour you get with the marina after taking delivery. I really don't know anyone close by that I could trust to give me a full blown "everything I need to know about boating" crash course. I took a safety course but the broad brush they give you really isn't enough.
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Old 05-03-2004, 11:13 AM   #2
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The Marine Patrol and the Lakes Region Sail and Power Squadron offer the safe boating course. The Power Squadron offers additional courses(seamanship, piloting, engine maintenance,etc) for its members.There are also commercial instructors like www.jpboating.com that offer individualized inwater classes.
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Old 05-03-2004, 12:09 PM   #3
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... getting more training than the one hour you get with the marina after taking delivery...
You get a "free" one hour try-out of probably an experienced captain. If they're any good, try to hire them by the hour for more training. If they don't do this they probably know someone who does.

Learn the rules, learn to be safe, but nothing beats on the water hands on training.
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Old 05-03-2004, 12:57 PM   #4
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Hello,
I'm relatively new to boating (having just bought my first boat) and wonder if anyone has some advice on getting more training than the one hour you get with the marina after taking delivery. I really don't know anyone close by that I could trust to give me a full blown "everything I need to know about boating" crash course. I took a safety course but the broad brush they give you really isn't enough.
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How Did You Manage To get I-Hr. from marina?? All I got Was Here Is Your Keys See Ya.



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Old 05-03-2004, 01:37 PM   #5
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In 2002 I got 1 hour with my new Searay from Irwins. I wish I could remember the guys name because he was good. He was a licensed captain, not the saleman who sold me the boat. I spent some time in Paugus bay learning the basics, including at least half the time practicing docking at Burger King. It was a weekday in June, a good time to learn without traffic.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:06 PM   #6
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Nah, dont go to a marina for a state course, find a class by the Coast Guard Auxillary (thats what I did, Im 13!!!! Learn so much more! It's way more in-depth and you are recognized in all states for it. If you're from Massachusetts, try "Assabet After Dark" If you're not from around here, then you have no idea what Assabet is so NVM. I think the Coast guard Aux. has a website with a schedule. It'll pay off when (no wait, if, a big IF) your boat up in flames and sinking at your dock.

Good luck and happy boating!
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Old 05-03-2004, 06:54 PM   #7
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Boating Instruction

This might be what your looking for. Capt'n Powell (Janis), is competent and professional.
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Old 05-05-2004, 07:36 AM   #8
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Default Thanks... another question

Thanks for the link, I'll certainly check it out. Anyone have an idea on what a reasonable cost is for this type of service? I found a company at the coast that does this for $65 an hour. Seems steep but I don't know if that is the going rate.
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Old 05-25-2004, 10:35 AM   #9
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Talking Three Words: Coast Guard Auxiliary

I really commend you for even asking the question. There is nothing worse than watching an obviously inexperienced boater who had enough $$ to buy a $30K boat, but couldn't spend $100 to learn the basics. Instead, the rest of us suffer when they endanger themselves and us by doing something dumb.

The best investment I've ever made to my boating life was the Boating Skills & Seamanship course I took from the Coast Guard Auxiliary when I was 15.

There hasn't been a day on the lake that I haven't been able to use something that I learned there.
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Old 05-25-2004, 01:44 PM   #10
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Boating Instruction

This might be what your looking for. Capt'n Powell (Janis), is competent and professional.
i have tried on two occasions to contact Janis and have not heard a word. she must be very busy.
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Old 05-25-2004, 09:56 PM   #11
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Default Boating Lessons

As A friend of mine, Captain George Ingrahm at West Marine in Woburn, Mass, does boat lessons. He is a well experienced with many hours of bluewater time. He is also a Full master with a 100 ton license to boot. I would highly suggest him as he is educated in many branches of boating. He is able to be contacted at 781-933-3290

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Old 05-26-2004, 01:06 PM   #12
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call the marine patrol. an order the in home test course boat nh
it is a certified nh test and you get a certificate for nh
it is cheap . i did it at home with 6 friends who boat
we all ben boating for 15 years and we learned more than we thought we knew. its mandatory in nh for everbody soon 72 questions comes with a video
nd a test to send to nh and get your certificate.

goog luck 1 888 254 2125 /603 293 2968 marine patrol course
order family course plus extra course test for add people
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:51 PM   #13
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Default Safe Boating Course

You can also take this self-paced Boat NH course, take the practice test as many times as you like and then take the certification test on-line.

http://www.boat-ed.com/nh/course/index.htm
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Old 05-26-2004, 02:31 PM   #14
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i have tried on two occasions to contact Janis and have not heard a word. she must be very busy.
Hello,
I was alerted to this message on the forum and feel badly that you are unable to reach me. I make it a priority to return all my calls and e-mails same day or within 24 hours of receiving them. And yes, I am busy, but not too busy to contact those who have contacted me. Perhaps you have an old business card of mine: the phone # and e-mail I was using last year have changed. I have also had a few issues with spam software weeding out the wrong things as well but that has since been corrected (so I am told).

Please try to reach me using one of the methods found here and I will get back to you asap:
http://www.jpboating.com/contact.htm or
http://www.nauticalpictures.com/supp...ex.htm#contact

Also, let me know what isn't working so I can remedy the problem.

Thank you,
Capt. Janis L. Powell
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Old 05-28-2004, 07:02 AM   #15
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Default Thank you B R

I'd like to publicly thank you (again) for contacting me and helping me resolve what turned out to be a problem with my e-mail on my web site. I apologize that you had to make a number of attempts to get in touch with me as a result. Had you not been so kind to point out the problem, I'd never know what needed to be corrected.

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Old 06-16-2004, 01:18 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Boat Lessons - thanks Capt!

I just want to publicly say thanks and that my boat training was well worth the money. Capt. JP has unbelievable patience especially since this is my first boat and she had some great ways of helping me remember what I need to do. I'm still a little nervous but not nearly as much as I was. I never realized there was so much to know about boating. This was a real eye opener for me.
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