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Two years ago while on holiday in Croatia, we thought how nice it would be to hire a boat for a day and motor around the small islands just off the coast, but neither my husband, Han, nor I knew anything about boats. This would give him the necessary knowledge to hire a motor boat with confidence. In fact, it was such a great idea that he insisted I also took the course.
I had enrolled him with Luc Bateau Ecole at Canet, so we went to see them and sign me up too. We handed over a cheque for their fees euros each and one for the Tresor Public euros each for administration costs. The website contains 12 tests, each of 30 questions, so questions in all. This they told us was entirely sufficient to pass the theory exam.
This was worthwhile attending. Afterwards, we had lunch in Canet and spent the afternoon on the beach. Off to a great start. We both went through all the online tests 3 times during the following week, finally getting virtually every answer correct. Han found a useful website to supplement the information we had been given www. Early Friday morning we found ourselves in a hall in Port Vendres for the official test along with 23 other nervous candidates. The questions were projected on a big screen and everyone was given a handheld gadget to select the correct response s from a list of A, B, C, D.
Technical hiccups meant the test started 45 minutes late. Two other schools were represented with 3 people from each and none of these passed. So well done Luc. And well done us, because we passed. After the test we drove to Canet for our safety lecture. One recent law is that you must have a ladder permanently attached to the side or back of a boat.
So, when everyone gets drunk and jumps overboard for a swim, they can get back on-board afterwards. Apparently, there have been occurrences of people being stranded in the sea because no one thought to fit the ladder and there was no one left on-board to do so; resulting in multiple drownings. After lunch we went out with Luc for a 2. It was blowing a gale and the waves were enormous, so not ideal conditions for first-timers, but we did OK, not great, but well enough to get ticks in all the right boxes: steering a straight line; steering a course using the compass; doing a U-turn; man overboard rescue; anchoring; mooring; tying knots.
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