Originally Posted by Matangolas
Just put a deposit on my very first boat, a 2000 Maxum 2700SCR with less than 120 hrs. Boat has the 7.4L with bravo 3 outdrives. Matt :P :P
Good Xmas present for yourself.
I would suggest you get a boat handlers course .. I am in the UK,. and here the courses are RYA Powerboat and Powerboat level 2, the latter than give you the International Certificate of Competence ...
Taking whatever the US course is that will gain you an ICC (or equivalent) is a very worthwhile investment.
Especially as you haven't cut your teeth learning on a 14' or similar.
A 2700 with a large engine is more than capable of getting you into trouble, and large repair bills ... time spent on a 2 day handling course would be money well spent. (and enjoyable)
The theory course you are doing is not a bad thing, but practical handling in open water is what will be most benefit.
Welcome to a hobby that will give you loads of enjoyment, and a drain on your wallet for life.