Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:07

Basic Cruising Course - Holiday Special

Basic Cruising (24 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Complete or Basic Keelboat Parts 1 & 2 or equivalent experience. Participants must be comfortable and confident skippering and crewing on small keelboats.
Regular Price: $650
Holiday Special through 12/31: $520 - 20% OFF!
Optional US Sailing Certification Fee: $75
Included Text: US Sailing Basic Cruising
 
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Are you planning on purchasing your own cruising sailboat (or simply sailing ours!) or chartering in the Caribbean someday?  Our US Sailing Basic Cruising certification course is the first step for those who dream of going beyond Boston Harbor.  In this course, we apply the fundamentals to bigger boats (up to 30’ in length) with outboard gasoline or inboard diesel engines, 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.  Twenty-four hours is not enough to prepare students for every challenge a cruising boat can present, but it is enough to develop comfort around big boat basics, so that you can crew competently or take the helm under the supervision of a more experienced captain.  Basic Cruising takes place over two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break.  Maximum of 4 students.

Graduates may test for their US Sailing Basic Cruising certification. The additional experience will also typically help boost the Courageous skipper rating of students with solid Rhodes boathandling skills, enabling access to the outer harbor and Harbor Islands.

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

Saturday, 22 November 2014 10:49

Bareboat Cruising Course - Holiday Special

Bareboat Cruising (40 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Cruising or equivalent experience. Participants must be experienced in basic navigation and maneuvering cruising boats (24+ feet) under sail and power.
Regular Price: $850
Holiday Special through 12/31: $680 - 20% OFF!
US Sailing Certification Fee: $75
Included Text: US Sailing Bareboat Cruising
 
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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. It picks up where Basic Cruising leaves off and covers topics such as navigation, anchoring, and heavy weather sailing in much greater detail. You’ll learn the things you need to know when chartering a sailboat: the various techniques used around the world for mooring and anchoring (e.g. stern and bow, fork, Mediterranean, Bahamian); controlling the boat under power with confidence; big boat docking techniques; provisioning; visiting the fuel and pump-out dock; VHF communication; and more. We will also take you through a tour of all the important boat systems, peering behind seat covers and into the bilge until you know exactly where everything is, what it does, and what to do (or who to call!) when it doesn’t work.  This course typically includes 3 days of sailing, two overnights at anchor or moored, and additional prep and debrief time.  Maximum of 4 students.

Upon passing the exam at the end of the course, your US SAILING Bareboat Cruising certification will signify 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.

 
Friday, 27 March 2009 09:33

Coastal Navigation Course

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$400 ($360 for members) 

Boat Show Special: $360

Next course starts February 24th and runs every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-9pm for 6 sessions. 

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The material in our Coastal Navigation course is something every sailor needs to know to deepen their relationship with the ocean.  Graduates will be able to plot routes and chart their own courses with confidence.  Whether you are a Basic Keelboat grad itching to explore every nook and cranny of the Harbor Islands, or you are a long-time cruiser grown too attached to your GPS and not sure if you'd be ready to plot a quick fix and course to steer should the batteries die and the fog roll in, this is the course for you.

The knowledge you will gain (including dead reckoning, running fixes, set and drift calculations, danger bearings) not only exceeds the standards for the Coast Guard "Six Pack" Captain's license, but are musts for any real navigator. Your toolkit will include sharp pencils (and erasers!), paper charts, parallel rulers, dividers, a hand bearing compass, as wells as your course textbook and other valuable publications.

Course size will be limited to 12 students to ensure everyone gets as much personal attention as possible.  The fee is $400, or $360 for Courageous members, and includes the US Sailing Coastal Navigation text.  The US Sailing Certification is an additional $75.   Charts, parallel rulers and dividers are provided for classroom use only, but can be purchased inexpensively  for those who would like to take their toolkits home at the end of the course. 

Note that unlike all other Courageous courses, this is primarily a classroom based course.  Trust us, there's a lot to cover and the classroom is the best place for most of it.  However, navigation practice cruises to put your new skills to work will be highly encouraged and can be scheduled separately.

Friday, 09 January 2009 13:34

Bareboat Cruising Course

Bareboat Cruising (40 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Cruising or equivalent experience. Participants must be experienced in basic navigation and maneuvering cruising boats (24+ feet) under sail and power.
Regular Price: $895   Boat Show Special: 10% OFF!
US Sailing Certification Fee: $75
Included Text: US Sailing Bareboat Cruising
 
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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. It picks up where Basic Cruising leaves off and covers topics such as navigation, anchoring, and heavy weather sailing in much greater detail. You’ll learn the things you need to know when chartering a sailboat: the various techniques used around the world for mooring and anchoring (e.g. stern and bow, fork, Mediterranean, Bahamian); controlling the boat under power with confidence; big boat docking techniques; provisioning; visiting the fuel and pump-out dock; VHF communication; and more. We will also take you through a tour of all the important boat systems, peering behind seat covers and into the bilge until you know exactly where everything is, what it does, and what to do (or who to call!) when it doesn’t work.  This course typically includes 3 days of sailing, two overnights at anchor or moored, and additional prep and debrief time.  Maximum of 4 students.

Upon passing the exam at the end of the course, your US SAILING Bareboat Cruising certification will signify 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.

 
Friday, 09 January 2009 13:34

Basic Cruising Course

Basic Cruising (24 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Complete or Basic Keelboat Parts 1 & 2 or equivalent experience. Participants must be comfortable and confident skippering and crewing on small keelboats.
Regular Price: $695   Boat Show Special: 10% OFF!
Optional US Sailing Certification Fee: $75
Included Text: US Sailing Basic Cruising
 
Click Book Now to buy AND schedule your course! Click Buy Now to purchase, but schedule at a later date. Click Redeem to schedule a course you previously purchased.
 
book now    book now    book now

Are you planning on purchasing your own cruising sailboat (or simply sailing ours!) or chartering in the Caribbean someday?  Our US Sailing Basic Cruising certification course is the first step for those who dream of going beyond Boston Harbor.  In this course, we apply the fundamentals to bigger boats (up to 30’ in length) with outboard gasoline or inboard diesel engines, 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.  Twenty-four hours is not enough to prepare students for every challenge a cruising boat can present, but it is enough to develop comfort around big boat basics, so that you can crew competently or take the helm under the supervision of a more experienced captain.  Basic Cruising takes place over two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break.  Maximum of 4 students.

Graduates may test for their US Sailing Basic Cruising certification. The additional experience will also typically help boost the Courageous skipper rating of students with solid Rhodes boathandling skills, enabling access to the outer harbor and Harbor Islands.

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