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We received this feedback from Olivia Biban who took our  ASA 118 Docking Endorsement Course in June 2017


Captain Hoffmann was very thorough in explaining concepts to us, answering our questions and engaging each student in practicing all the skills he was teaching us. He also offered a wealth of information about the docking class we were taking, but also about other sailing topics as well. We feel like we learnt a lot more tricks and practices than we were expecting for this class, and that will definitely help a great deal in our sailing endeavors. What we enjoyed most about Captain Hoffmann was his teaching style - he successfully transformed what we were expecting to be a fairly stressful class (what with the big boat and tiny slips) into a stress-free, enjoyable, fairly relaxed experience. We enjoyed his jovial attitude, and his ability to demonstrate and teach how to transform what would seem like a disastrous situation in the making into a perfect (or nearly so) docking. Of course we will need a lot more practice in the future, but we feel like we got a really good base after taking the docking class.

Rita was excellent in answering all our questions, following up quickly, coordinating arrivals and sleeping arrangements on the boat, and providing a wealth of information about the class, the marina, the surroundings, etc.  The marina staff and school office staff were also very helpful with our boat-related needs (like water and ice for the time we were onboard) and also with directions and any questions we had about the facilities, pool, etc.

Scholarship was one of the cleanest and well maintained sailboats I have been on. The boat was thoroughly cleaned prior to our arrival, and everything was organized and stowed in its proper location. The boat was even very well centered in the slip when we arrived, as well as having all the lines either flemished or neatly stowed. The power cable was carefully laid in between the dock boards so that there was no danger of tripping on it, and was securely wrapped around a stanchion to prevent it from pulling out of the connection on board.  Everything was ship shape and Bristol fashion and we were thoroughly impressed!

All in all an outstanding class, taught by a very knowledgeable, experienced, and laid back instructor. We actually had fun learning and practicing all the docking maneuvers, which was unexpected :)


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