ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Syllabus

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ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising Syllabus

Prerequisites 103, Get your bareboat on. You are on your way. Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring/ mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.

By Captain Genevieve Evans

Pre-Course

  • Receive books and pre-course instructions
  • Prep for test

Day 1

  • Check on the boat
  • Load provisions
  • Discuss course
  • Review equipment, weather, calculations, etc.
  • Review charts: plan arrival ETA to destination and distance
  • Check oil, etc.
  • Motor out of slip
  • Fenders off and in lockers (harness and tether)
  • Sails up if possible
  • MOB procedures
  • Reading boat position on GPS
  • Sight bearings along shore points
  • Calculate fix and compare with GPS
  • Plot dead reckoning course on chart, and check against GPS (see DR worksheet)
  • Setting waypoints on chart plotter
  • Calculate arrival of a certain destination
  • Lunch aboard
  • Radar (tracking and monitoring)
  • Practice turning to headings and holding headings
  • Review chart for harbor approach
  • Discuss mooring and anchoring
  • VHF operation
  • Radio technique communicating
  • Dinghy ashore
  • Dinner ashore or aboard
  • Each student cooks and cleans up at least one meal

Day 2

  • Check engine, battery status, water and holding tank
  • Retrieve weather
  • Off mooring or anchor
  • Sailing drills
  • Discuss anchoring – what makes a good anchorage? (bottom, depth min and max, shelter, swing room)
  • Anchor fore and aft
  • Prep for written test
  • Discuss boat systems: battery management, battery capacity, voltages, charger/inverter, propane, water tank, fuel- lift pump, cooling- thermostat, head and macerator, water management, waste/holding, etc. Show students all systems.
  • Lunch aboard
  • Swim?
  • Up anchors and sail
  • Heave-to and reef
  • Practice MOB recovery
  • Anchor or moor for the night
  • Take written test, grade and discuss
  • Dinner aboard or ashore
  • Calculate tomorrow’s departure time

Day 3

  • Check engine, battery status, water and holding tank
  • Retrieve weather
  • Breakfast before or after departure
  • Off mooring or anchor
  • Lunch underway
  • Discuss emergencies: fire, taking on water, hypothermia, aground, broken rigging, overheat, MOB, medical.
  • When to declare Mayday.
  • When and how to call Vessel Assist
  • VHF scan/tag
  • MOB exercise
  • Dump holding tank 3 miles out discussion
  • Refuel in harbor
  • Rinse windlass, anchor and rode in slip

Cost Per Class

Cost Per Person Per Course = US $115

Cost Per Person Per Course = US $115

Cost Per Person Per Course = US $115

Cost Per Person Per Course = US $115

Cost Per Person Per Course = US $140

Please note: There is a one-time student fee that comes with log book. It is for new students only to ASA

Cost Per Person = US $45