NauticEd gives all sailors a free online logbook
But some ask why do we do this.
We received an email this morning from someone who compliments us on our courses but ripped us a new one for requiring him to enter time into his logbook.
Well, we don’t quite “require”, but the software does raise the student’s rank and level when they demonstrate that they have on the water experience. Without experience, we and others cannot possibly know how good of a sailor the student is. They can take all the courses in the world but without hands-on experience, the student cannot be expected to safely commend a sailboat on the ocean, especially considering the non-breathable properties of water.
Some certifying bodies will give people a 104 type Bareboat Certification with only a few hours of helm time. This is unrealistic and every yacht charter company would turn down that client because of lack of experience.
Anyway, here was our response. As usual, we added a little humor.