Coastal Passage Making
- 6-day, 5-night trip; one overnight sail; ~60 hours of instruction,
- US Sailing certification available
- Gain the skills to reach more distant destinations
- Advanced route planning and navigation, including sailing through the night
- Advanced boat handling under sail and power
With a Bareboat course behind you, Coastal Passage Making is the next step to a lifetime of adventure far beyond Boston Harbor. This course prepares you for the intricacies of life aboard a boat and how to manage an extended cruise. From provisioning and planning to keeping watch on an overnight sail, Coastal Passage Making will open the door to students looking to sail further and for longer periods of time! We would encourage students interested in taking this course to prepare by taking the Coastal Navigation class and/or Night Sailing course. Students can expect to plan, plot and navigate their way around Cape Cod and the Islands.
Skills and Concepts Covered
- Locate and practice donning of life jackets. Selecting a safety harness.
- Location and testing of three separate bilge pump systems and bilge high water alarm, location of thru-hull fittings and attached wooden plugs, location and use of emergency tiller.
- Survey of battery charging and monitoring systems. Discussion of alternative power options.
- Spare parts: engine, outboard, electrical, refrigeration. What you should carry on your boat.
- Steering by compass and stars during night watch.
- Raising, reefing and stowing mainsail including use of lazy jacks, rigid vang and preventer.
- Pre-departure, pre-passage and daily rigging checks including chafe prevention.
- Location of spare rigging and fittings. Emergency rigging repair procedures.
- Preparation for storm conditions: locate storm sails, check bilge and pumps, clear decks and cockpit, charge batteries, preparation of easy meals, catch up on sleep.
- Sources of marine weather: VHF, Navtex, GRIB files, INMARSAT-C, airports.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the features of: high pressure, low pressure, warm fronts, cold fronts, occluded fronts, stationary fronts, convergence zones, ridges, troughs.
- Use of VHF for communication and distress.
- Discussion of various communication options for long distance cruisers.
- Dealing with new marinas and contacting Harbor Masters
Additional skills and concepts for the Caribbean variation of this course
- Contacting and coming into a foreign port
- Dealing with customs
- Identifying areas to provision in foreign ports
4-to-1 Instruction: In our traditional format, 4 students and 1 instructor sail together, allowing for plenty of personalized attention and teamwork. Coastal Passage Making is held over the course of 6 days and 5 nights, includes 1 guaranteed night sail, and consists of ~60 hours of instruction. Students depart Courageous on Sunday afternoon and return the following Friday.
Recommended Next Steps
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Our curriculum is aligned with the US Sailing Coastal Passage Making Curriculum.
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