This course is designed to give you the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to safely captain a 26 to 36 foot auxiliary powered cruising sailboat, during daylight hours, within sight of land, in moderate to heavy wind and sea conditions.
Topics covered include:
- Trip planning and provisioning
- Preparation to sail
- Crew operations and skills
- Leaving docks and moorings
- Maneuvering under power
- Navigation with electronics and paper charts
- Sailing maneuvers
- Roller reefing and shortening sail
- Overboard rescue techniques
- Anchoring techniques
- Landing at docks and moorings
- Line handling and basic knots
- Securing boat properly
- Yacht systems and maintenance, including rigging, basic diesel engine mechanics, electrical system, head and domestic water system
This is an approximately 24 hour course taught during a four-day cruise to harbors on The Cape and Islands. Destinations may vary from session to session depending on wind and current conditions. All dockage and mooring fees are included in the tuition, however dining out and alcoholic beverages are not!
This course is taught by a US SAILING certified instructor. There is a practical and written test given during the course and you will receive a US SAILING certification upon graduation. US SAILING Basic Keelboat or equivalent is a prerequisite for this course.