Basic Cruising

Let us prepare you to move beyond daysailing

Class Format:
Class Session (two 3 hour lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings)
Cruise with Instructor (two day overnight cruise Friday thru Sunday)
Practice Session (Sat evening-Sun noon)

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Basic Cruising will take you beyond daysailing, typically using one of our Pearson 37s

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You must have the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certificate if you want US Sailing certification.
An Equivalency Exam is available. The exam cost is $60, almost all of which goes to US Sailing.

We cover systems and navigation, docking and more on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30. Immediately following the lessons, students take an overnight cruise on a Pearson 37. US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification, log book, and a certificate good for a 10% discount on your first charter or 5% off initial membership with us is included. We review and build upon what was learned in Basic Keelboat.

Topics include

  • Inspecting the boat, rigging and systems
  • Maneuvering, backing under power
  • Diesel basics
  • Man overboard drills with a Life Sling
  • Sources of weather information
  • Trip planning, supplies & provisioning
  • Navigation, dead reckoning, bearings
  • Lightning, storm preparations
  • GPS, compass use
  • Preparing for 15-25 knots of wind
  • Basic sail shape controls
  • Different anchoring techniques
  • Single line docking, bow, stern in & alongside
  • Towing and using a dinghy

This course features two 3 hour lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 to cover systems, navigation and docking followed by a two day overnight cruise Friday thru Sunday. Over 26 hours of instruction. Note: Cost for meals included for overnight sail.