is our intermediate cruising/bareboat charter preparation course.
If you're dreaming of a week or two in Long Island Sound, the Virgin Islands,
the Bahamas, even the Mediterranean or South Pacific, this is the course
for you! Get the training and certification needed to handle larger
charter fleet monohulls. We offer the course locally during the Northeast
boating season, or you can take it as part of a coastal passage or winter
vacation course in a tropical location. In any case, you'll be aboard
a substantial cruising yacht with an inboard diesel engine and all the
equipment necessary to train you properly.
As with much of the rest of our operation,
we do things a bit differently here. Rather than just sending you
off on a 2 or 3-day trip for local bareboat training, we really send you
to school. Day 1 is strictly local, and you start working early on
with the most difficult and intimidating aspect of "big boat stuff:" docking.
Maybe it sounds dull, but if you've ever contemplated leaving or landing
on a dock in adverse conditions aboard a bigger yacht, with lots of other
yachts watching, you'll appreciate our emphasis on this critical skill.
We don't neglect other skills, however.
You'll learn the essential boat systems and special gear and electronics
found on charter fleet vessels, and you'll work on maneuvering confidently
both under sail and power. Troubleshooting, anchoring techniques,
piloting & navigation, provisioning & cooking aboard, and fueling
& fuel range issues are all covered.
Day 2 and 3 are a combination of skill
training and an overnight trip to properly round out your education.
You'll feel confident stepping aboard a large, unfamiliar vessel and quickly
making it feel like your own. You'll not only have your Bareboat
Charter certification, but you'll properly impress anyone doing a checkout
on the vessel with you.
On our BVI trips,
we combine a proper vacation with formal instruction over the course of
a week. Same for Greece, Italy, etc!
Prerequisites: ASA Basic
Coastal Cruising or US Sailing Basic Cruising certification, or
comparable experience. Non-certified sailors are welcome to take
the course, but cannot be certified unless they earn basic keelboat &
cruising certification by taking the courses or "challenging"
Certification Achieved: ASA Bareboat
Charter 104 (also called Intermediate Coastal Cruising).
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