Flathead Lake ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising



ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites ASA 101, the next lesson to get you confidence. Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.

By Captain Genevieve Evans


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

Day 1 9-4

  • Board the boat
  • Discuss course
  • Review equipment, weather, calculations, etc.
  • Check Auxiliary engine
  • Practice docking
  • Fenders off and in lockers (harness and tether)
  • Sails up, Sailing drills and trim
  • MOB procedures
  • Reading boat position on GPS
  • Lunch aboard
  • Review safety equipment
  • Review navigation rules
  • VHF operation
  • Dock for the night.

Day 2: 9-4

  • Check basic boat systems engine, battery status, water and holding tank
  • Retrieve weather
  • Off dock and practice docking
  • Sailing drills and trim
  • Discuss anchoring – what makes a good anchorage?
  • (bottom, depth min and max, shelter, swing room)
  • Anchor fore
  • Discuss Emergency best practices and scenarios
  • Lunch aboard
  • Up anchors and sail
  • Heave-to and reef
  • Practice MOB recovery
  • Dock for the night
  • Take written test, grade and discuss