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Basic Coastal Cruising (103) & Bareboat Cruising (104) Certification

Basic Coastal Cruising (103)

Offered at our Pensacola location.  A hands-on “live-aboard” sailing course on our Beneteau 393, (40 foot) Splendid Adventure.

Course Description: This Intermediate Sailing course is perfect for the sailor who wants to leave the confines of day sailing and get hands-on experience on big cruising boats with wheel steering and diesel engines. We sail in coastal waters still in sight of land but with more wind and waves and new challenges such as tides, current, aids to navigation, commercial traffic and offshore wave action.  Are you Ready?

While living aboard, you’ll gain hands-on experience and ….

  • Learn how to eat, sleep, cook and shower onboard
  • Learn how to dock a cruising yacht in coastal conditions of wind, tide and current.
  • Learn how to pick up a mooring on the first pass, every time. (Graciously accept the applause of other boats moored around you.)
  • Learn mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems,
  • Learn what sail combinations to carry under various wind and sea conditions.
  • Learn how to identify the elements of that perfect cove and make safe anchorage.
  • Learn new ways to recover crew overboard and how to get them back on the boat.
  • Learn more useful knots. (Yes, more knots!)
  • And much more !

In addition to our top-flight instruction, you get:

  • “Coastal Cruising Made Easy” text book from American Sailing Association.

Bareboat Cruising (104)

Offered at our Pensacola location, this is the course to take if you dream of chartering and sailing a big boat on your own.

Course Description: You will become familiar with big boat systems like roller furling genoas, self tailing winches, diesel engines, wheel steering and other topics to prepare you for live – aboard cruising. You will gain hands-on experience with tides and current, meteorology, docking and all other requirements that charter companies demand. Additional topics include 

  • Developing special cruising menus and provisions for an extended coastal cruise including cooking and eating meals while under sail.
  • Management of capacity and range of boats’ water and fuel systems, and electrical system for the comfort and safety of crew on an extended live-aboard cruise.
  • Learn to obtain and interpret detailed weather forecasts appropriate for extended coastal cruising.
  • Discuss phenomena of sea breeze and land breeze and effects on our weather. Learn how to identify conditions which cause fog.
  • Practice advanced methods of docking in strong winds and waves and tidal currents.
  • Discuss the procedures and documents required to enter foreign waters and find out where to obtain this information for any cruising destination.
  • Master the art of anchoring.
  • Conduct motorized dinghy operations.
  • Advanced navigation exercises are learned and applied throughout the cruise.
  • In addition to the flow of normal shipboard events, a variety of simulated emergencies including crew overboard, engine and rigging failure and other situations designed to build confidence in a variety of sailing conditions.
  • “Bareboat Cruising Made Easy” text book from American Sailing Association.

 Location Specific Information

Basic Keelboat (101)
• At least 10-20 days of sailing experience

Enrollment Terms and Conditions:
Lanier Sailing Academy is financially committed to each trip and requires that all students and passengers meet the same financial commitment level. To hold your reservation, a 50% non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required. Your remaining non-refundable, non-transferable 50% balance is required 45 days prior to your scheduled sail departure date and will be billed to the same credit card unless we are otherwise notified. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

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