Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Help Wanted - Licensed Captain

Hooray! We finally found a company to insure our boat. They only ask that we hand over our first born child (if they only knew) and hire a USCG certified Captain to sail onboard with us whenever we go, like, actually sailing. At least until the Captain thinks that we know enough not to be a danger to ourselves or others. We can sit on our boat in the marina all we want without having a licensed captain on board (but the marina won't rent to us unless the boat is insured...I am sure we can still do plenty of damage if left to our own devices...I wonder what happens when you leave the propane stove burners turned on overnight and then light a match).


Now the race is on to find someone who is properly certified AND (bigger problem) compatible with the two of us. This means that every single time we go out for at least the first 24 hours of sailing (I'm only guessing...it may take as long as a year for us to finally "get it," the insurance agent said that for the really expensive boats, they usually require a year), we must take along Captain "Jack." So much for our solitary escape from the real world. At least for awhile. I do hope we are able to find a good match because I'm sure we will be spending a lot of quality time together, breaking bread, toasting with a glass of wine at sunset, Thanksgiving, Christmas and so forth. This could be interesting.

Anyone out there USCG licensed?? If so, We Want You!



At 9:26 PM, November 06, 2007, Blogger Eric said...

Take me! Take me! I've had a United States Certified Goober license for years!

What's that? Oh.

Never mind.

They only ask that we hand over our first born child (if they only knew)


At 9:49 PM, November 06, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

:-) Nothing a little Liquid Paper can't fix. How are you at celestial navigation?

At 6:59 AM, November 07, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

Sounds like your dream is getting to be pretty involved. If I even got to the point where you are, my captain would have to like cold pizza. Other points of compatibility would be secondary.

At 12:49 PM, November 07, 2007, Blogger beth said...

They only ask that we hand over our first born child (if they only knew)

I second Eric's "heh" :)

Can't you take lessons or something to turn into a USCG certified captain and then just go by yourself? Or is that not something that can just be done? (I, clearly, have no idea.) I hope you find someone great!

At 7:08 PM, November 07, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Sounds like your dream is getting to be pretty involved.

Heh. The understatement of the year! I haven't even begun talking about repair work yet. But that too is in the works.

Beth, basically, that is what the "hired help" is going to do...give us lessons on board our boat. Since we need to get our boat off of the broker's dock asap, and nobody will let us move onto their dock without insurance, we have to agree to the restricted terms on the policy until such time as we are qualified to go alone. We planned on taking lessons anyway, so this has just accelerated the need to identify someone specific to keep the insurance company happy. The challenge is doing that from a distance without the chance to meet them first.

At 7:12 PM, November 07, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Also, we didn't expect it would have to be a condition of insurance (i.e. that the boat wouldn't be covered unless there was a licensed captain onboard), but I understand the need. And at least it's not ME telling my husband that he needs to have a captain on board. ;-) I will appreciate the security, just not the invasion of privacy.

At 5:52 AM, November 08, 2007, Blogger Rach said...

Aye, I hope you find a cap' soon me hearty!


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