Tuesday, 05 January 2016 21:42

Advanced Sportboat

Advanced Sportboat (12 Hours)

Prerequisites: Courageous Green Flag Rhodes 19 or
J/22 rating; passed Basic Sportboat checkout
Regular Price: $345 
OPEN HOUSE PRICE: $310
 
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If you're an experienced, confident sailor with sportboat experience, Advanced Sportboat may be your next step. Taught in a J/80, a comfortable, highly responsive 26 foot keelboat with a planing hull and asymmetrical spinnaker, this 12-hour (2 day) course builds on the skills honed in the Basic Sportboat course and adds in the thrill of flying an asym with a team! Learn how to perform all the crew positions for the perfect spinnaker run, tweak your sail shape for maximum efficiency, and (with some cooperation from the wind) get the boat up on a plane. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you’ll have ample opportunity to get the attention and practice you need to take your skills to the next level. Students who pass the course will be ready to become Performance Fleet members with a spinnaker endorsement. Expect to spend at least one day of the course in the outer harbor.

What you’ll learn in Advanced Sportboat -- the second half (12 hours) of Sportboat Complete

  • Theory and practice of adjusting sail shape
  • Roll tacking
  • Rigging and packing an asym. spinnaker
  • Setting, flying, jibing, and dousing an asym. spinnaker in all crew positions
  • Coordinating a team to perform spinnaker maneuvers
  • Broach recovery
  • Weight placement
  • Racing mark roundings
  • Note: Advanced Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for a spinnaker endorsement to Performance Fleet membership.

 

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 21:36

Sportboat Complete

Sportboat Complete (24 Hours)

Prerequisites: Courageous Green Flag Rhodes 19 or J/22 rating
Price: $645
OPEN HOUSE PRICE: $580 (save $65!)
 
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If you're an experienced, confident sailor looking for new challenges in an exciting, high performance boat, Sportboat Complete is your next step. Taught in a J/80, a comfortable, highly responsive 26 foot keelboat with a planing hull and asymmetrical spinnaker, this 24-hour (4 day) course will cover the skills you need to become a Performance Fleet member with a spinnaker endorsement. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you’ll have ample opportunity to get the attention and practice you need to take your skills to the next level. Learn how to maneuver this incredibly fun boat under sail and under outboard power, fly an asymmetrical spinnaker, and tweak the sail controls for maximum performance.

Sportboat Complete, which combines Basic Sportboat and Advanced Sportboat, often runs on two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day. An all Saturday or all Sunday schedule is also available. Expect to spend at least one or two class days in the outer harbor.

What you’ll learn in Basic Sportboat--the first half (12 hours over two days) of Sportboat Complete:

  • Rigging and outboard overview
  • Leaving the dock under power
  • Perfecting sail trim and crew coordination on basic maneuvers
  • Winch use
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Crew overboard recovery under sail and power
  • Docking under sail and power
  • Reefing; adjusting sail plan and sail controls for different wind conditions
  • Intro to sail theory
  • Securing the boat to the dock and derigging properly
  • Note: Basic Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for Performance Fleet membership. 

What you’ll learn in Advanced Sportboat--the second half (12 hours over two days) of Sportboat Complete:

  • Theory and practice of adjusting sail shape
  • Roll tacking
  • Rigging and packing an asym. spinnaker
  • Setting, flying, jibing, and dousing an asym. spinnaker in all crew positions
  • Coordinating a team to perform spinnaker maneuvers
  • Broach recovery
  • Weight placement
  • Racing mark roundings
  • Note: Advanced Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for a spinnaker endorsement to Performance Fleet membership.

 

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 21:36

Basic Sportboat

Basic Sportboat (12 Hours)

Prerequisites: Courageous Green Flag Rhodes 19 or J/22 rating
Price: $345
OPEN HOUSE PRICE: $310
 
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If you're an experienced, confident sailor looking for new challenges in an exciting, high performance boat, step it up with Basic Sportboat. Taught in a J/80, a comfortable, highly responsive 26 foot keelboat with a planing hull, this 12-hour (2 day) course will cover the skills you need to become a Performance Fleet member; it is the first 2 days of the Sportboat Complete course. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you’ll have ample opportunity to get the attention and practice you need to take your skills to the next level. Learn how to maneuver this incredibly fun boat under sail and under outboard power, sail with a team, and get comfortable with the basics. 

Basic Sportboat often runs on two consecutive weekend days, from 10-4:30 each day. An all Saturday or all Sunday schedule is also available. 

What you’ll learn in Basic Sportboat -- the first half (12 hours over two days) of Sportboat Complete

  • Rigging and outboard overview
  • Leaving the dock under power
  • Perfecting sail trim and crew coordination on basic maneuvers
  • Winch use
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Crew overboard recovery under sail and power
  • Docking under sail and power
  • Reefing; adjusting sail plan and sail controls for different wind conditions
  • Intro to sail theory
  • Securing the boat to the dock and derigging properly
  • Note: Basic Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for Performace Fleet membership.

 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:00

Powerboat

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling

Prerequisite: None
Suggested Age: 12-adult
Certifications Earned: NASBLA certificate, MA boating education certificate, Safe Powerboat Handling certificate
Price: $145
 
We are offering two courses in spring 2016, April 16/17 and May 14/15. Courses run from 10-6. Please note that only the first day of each course is shown in the booking information; each course meets on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
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This 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills on actual boats.

The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course, and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. Students will learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Steering a range
  • Proceeding to a destination
  • Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Registration & capacities
  • Equipment requirements
  • Prep & fueling procedures
  • Navigation rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation
  • Environment regulations

 

In just 2 weekends, our Basic Keelboat Complete course will give a total sailing novice the opportunity to learn all they need to sail on their own, for just $440. This hands-on 24-hour US Sailing course is taught by one of our expert instructors in a 19 foot keelboat with up to 3 students. Combine the course with a 30% off Full or Family membership so that the newly minted skipper will be able to sail at Courageous all season long.

Friday, 09 January 2009 13:33

Basic Keelboat Complete

Basic Keelboat Complete (24 Hours)

Prerequisite: None
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Regular Price: $645
OPEN HOUSE PRICE: $580 (save $65)
 
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If your goal is to become a competent, confident sailor with a solid understanding of the basics, this is the course to take. At the end of the two-weekend class, most students are ready or almost ready to skipper one of our Rhodes 19 keelboats on their own. Your instructor, who will always be in the boat with you and up to two fellow students, will guide you through the sailing fundamentals, combining short chalk talks and extensive on-the-water coaching to help you develop and reinforce new skills. You’ll learn all you need to know to rig and unrig your boat, leave and return to the dock safely, adjust your sails and rudder to make the boat go where you want it to go, understand the basics of how sailing works, and tie some important knots (always a good way to impress your non-sailing friends!).

By the end of this challenging, hands-on course, most students are ready for a Red or Yellow Flag skipper rating , which means they can safely skipper a small keelboat in light to moderate conditions without an instructor. Students who earn a Yellow Flag rating can also take a written test to obtain their US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, a standard recognized throughout the U.S. and in many other parts of the world.

Basic Keelboat Complete courses take place over two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break.  A new course starts almost every Saturday.

Here's an overview of what you'll learn in Basic Keelboat Complete:

Practical Skills

  • How to use weather forecasts to evaluate sailing conditions
  • How to board a sailboat, do an equipment safety check, and prepare to sail
  • How to rig, derig, and secure the boat to the dock
  • How to safely leave and return to the dock
  • How to maneuver the boat: starting, stopping, controlling speed, steering, tacking, jibing, getting out of irons, etc.
  • How to handle control lines and trim sails
  • How to depower sails if the wind picks up
  • How to recover a crew overboard
  • How to tie the knots you'll need
  • How to read a nautical chart of Boston Harbor (intro level)
  • How to apply the right of way rules
  • How to recognize and navigate around aids to navigation

Knowledge

  • Sailing terminology
  • Basic sailing theory
  • Points of sail
  • Right of way rules
 

 

 

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