Bareboat Cruising


  • 4-day course; 3-day trip with 2 nights aboard; ~40 hours of instruction
  • US Sailing certification available
  • Gain the knowledge and experience you need to bareboat charter or skipper a multi-day cruise with confidence
  • Take a deeper dive into mechanical systems & auxiliary power

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Once you start sailing the bigger boats, it’s hard to stop! And there’s always more to learn. Our Bareboat Cruising course is the next step up from Basic Cruising. This course covers topics like navigation, anchoring, and heavy weather sailing in much greater detail. And you’ll learn everything you need to know to charter a sailboat. This course typically includes 3 days of sailing, two overnights at anchor or moored, and additional prep and debrief time. 

Skills and Concepts Covered

  • Docking a cruising boat
  • Provisioning, fueling, and pumping out
  • Troubleshooting essential systems
  • VHF communication

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Our schedule for 2024 will be released later this winter join the waitlist and we’ll reach out once the schedule is finalized.


Course Structure

4-to-1 Instruction: In our traditional format, 4 students and 1 instructor sail together, allowing for plenty of personalized attention and teamwork. Bareboat Cruising is held over the course of 4 days, including 3 days and 2 nights of sailing, for a total of 40 hours of instruction. The traditional course structure for Bareboat is as follows:

  • Thursday- On land prep day. 6-8pm
  • Friday- Departure, meet at 10:30am
  • Sunday- Return, arrival time is conditions and destination dependent

For 2024, we are exploring additional schedules that would allow for more flexibility. Stay tuned for more!

Recommended Next Steps

Recommended Membership

US Sailing Bareboat Certification

Many course participants choose to test for their US Sailing Bareboat Cruising certification, which signifies that you have sufficient skills and knowledge to safely and confidently skipper an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat between 30’ and 45’ in length, in winds above 15 knots, within sight of land during daylight hours. This certification is widely respected and accepted by many sailboat charter companies in the US and other parts of the world. Most Bareboat graduates are also qualified for a Courageous cruising membership.

Passing this course along with the associated prerequisites qualifies the student to apply for their International Proficiency Certificate. This is needed if they wish to bareboat cruise in the European Union (EU). For more information regarding the IPC please contact

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