This course is for boaters who have acquired intermediate skills on smaller boats, and perfect for those seeking overnight cruising and live aboard experience, and an Inshore Powerboat Cruising Certification. The course will focus on the skills, knowledge and equipment needed to safely operate a cruising powerboat on a multiday, near coastal passage by day and night in unfamiliar waters
Class is taught aboard our Offshore 52 “Soluna” and course topics include boat preparation, boat handling, close quarter maneuvers, navigation, provisioning, cruise planning and float plans, docking, anchoring, windlass use, picking up a mooring and crew overboard.
Your class begins on Friday afternoon with an introduction to vessel systems and equipment aboard prior to a short evening shake-down cruise. Students are welcome to stay aboard, or make other local plans on the first night. The next two days starts at 08:00 on Saturday revolving around destinations on either side of the San Pedro Channel such as LA/Long Beach Harbor, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Santa Catalina Island and Huntington Harbor. As a group you will be self-sufficient with stops along the way not only allowing time to admire the beauty of the area, but also gain valuable experience in planning voyages, explore various anchoring, mooring and docking techniques, and dealing with emergency situations that can arise underway. Certification is obtained through both practical and knowledge testing. Written tests will be administered underway prior to the end of class Sunday afternoon. Course materials along with pre-course homework will be available to students ahead of time to allow you ample time to prepare for your class.
Class Size: Min 3-Max 4
Text: Start Powerboating Right
Fee: $1,050 – includes fuel, most study materials and certification. Navigation tools and charts are not included. A provisioning budget will be provided. Transportation, hotel and meals ashore not included.