(and rightly so) that students already feel comfortable handling daysailing
keelboats in protected waters and moderate conditions. It takes
day sailors to the next level, allowing you to practice skills needed in
taking larger boats over longer distances. You'll get a solid grounding
(no pun intended) in handling smaller cruising sailboats, including use
of auxilliary power and larger genoas, and the necessary knowledge and
skills to start cruising on your own.
is offered in an intensive 2-day format. We stay local and return
each night. The idea is to get valuable repetition in boat handling
and piloting skills and be comfortable on a somewhat larger boat - not
just to sail it in a straight line! As well as plenty of docking,
mooring and anchoring practice, we do a trip involving piloting and navigation
(Comfortable closthing makes for happy Start Cruising students.)
Prerequisites: ASA or US
Sailing basic keelboat sailing certification, or comparable experience.
Non-certified sailors are welcome to take the course, but cannot be certified
unless they first earn basic keelboat certification by taking the course
or "challenging" the standard.
Certification: ASA Basic Coastal
Cruising (level 103)
Tuition: $595; special trips
are sometimes more. Contact us.
Discounts: 2 or more enrolled together
take $50 off per person.
enough to require a separate page!
What do we teach
you on? The staple vessel in our stable for Basic Cruising is our
Seafarer 26. "Beat of Sea" is lively and responsive for her size,
and is tiller steered which helps refine student's fundamental sailing
skills. She has a Yanmar diesel engine, CDI roller furling with both
jib and genoa, and is an excellent choice for stepping up to long day sails,
overnights, and short distance cruising (such as weekend getaways).
also use other boats as part of the course or for the duration, depending
on the aggregate skill level of the group being taught, the weather, etc.
These can include our Pearson 26 with 4-stroke outboard, Pearson 31 with
diesel, and our recently acquired C&C 33!
If you're on one
of our instructional sailing vacations, you'll
be aboard something more significant with more living accommodations -
typically something between 39 and 45 feet..