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In Reply to: Safety Training posted by CaptTony on February 23, 2001 at 10:16:52:
Nice question, CaptTony. Hope my experience is a bit unique and holds a warning for all boat rats. About four years ago while looking for a little lifestyle nudge and thinking of getting a full time live-aboard power boat (an uncommon notion here in Upper Idaho) I took the local Auxiliary boat safety class. Much of my experience was sailing and I knew these folks were power-exclusive. I met a gal in the class who shortly became the Significant Other. We merged our too much stuff and the dream changed to a cabin in the country.
After a few months the gross error of the merger bubbled to the surface; it took another year to undo the thing, and to no one's credit or reward. Anyhow, I blame it on the class, and it takes no great hindsight to see the live-aboard would have been a wiser choice for a lifestyle change.
Oh, about the boat safety class. It was taught from the book view and particular interest of folks who all represented the deep-vee stern drive experience. Naturally, weather, radio, cold water, etc. don't care what your boat, so there was something for all to learn. Tho the textbook was freshly revised at that time, it still held information gaps and technological lags. At the very least, the class provided a subject of interest and thought for nine? weeks in a really long winter. The end skill and range of the teaching and class may well depend on your local Power Squadron or Auxiliary Squadron.
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