Basic Cruising

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Description

Are you planning on purchasing your own cruising sailboat (or simply sailing ours!) or chartering in the Caribbean someday? In this basic cruising course, we apply the fundamentals to bigger boats (up to 35′ in length) with inboard diesel engines, cover the basics of navigation, and introduce the tools needed to sail longer distances. While big boats sail just like small boats, there are more systems to learn and techniques to master. Although 24 hours isn’t enough to prepare you for every challenge a cruising boat can present, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the outer harbor and develop comfort around big boat basics.

Graduates may test for their US Sailing Basic Cruising certification, which is a useful step for those looking to charter sailboats. This course will also cover information you need to know to pass the theoretical portion of the Green Flag test.

Students should enter the course with knowledge equivalent to that of the Learn to Sail Complete course.

Schedule

The Basic Cruising course takes place over two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day, with a half-hour lunch break. Maximum of 4 students.

Basic Cruising Course Overview:

  • Rigging, de-rigging, and securing boat to dock
  • Docking and leaving the dock under power
  • Diesel and outboard basics
  • Maneuvering under sail
  • Maneuvering under power
  • Crew overboard recovery
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Reefing and using the roller-furler to shorten sail
  • Winch use
  • Chart reading and course plotting
  • Navigation: compass use, establishing a 2-3 point fix, using danger bearings, identifying aids to navigation, GPS use, and navigation apps
  • Building familiarity with outer harbor destinations, hazards, safe docking locations, and favorite routes
  • VHF use

Recommended next steps

 You can see the whole US Sailing Basic Cruising curriculum here.

Prerequisites: Learn to Sail Complete (or Part II) or equivalent.

This course (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the Bareboat Cruising Course.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note that in an effort to keep our courses and memberships as affordable as possible, we must limit changes in schedule and membership. Because staff and instructors are hired and scheduled in advance, Courageous memberships, lessons, and/or other program fees are not refundable for any reason, including cancellation due to weather, or the participant’s inability to utilize the membership, lesson, or program. That said, we do understand that sometimes life gets in the way of sailing plans and, if necessary, we will work with you to reschedule for a later date. We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. All rescheduled lessons purchased before September 1 must be completed before the end of the season for which they were purchased; if purchased between September 1 and October 31, rescheduled lessons must be completed before June 30 of the following year.

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