July 18, 2016

Florida Vacation Courses 2022

Basic Cruising and Bareboat Chartering

American Sailing Association course

Prerequisite Certifications: ASA-101 is required for ASA-103 and ASA-104 certification. It is not required to participate in and complete the course, however.

Experience Level: “I’m looking for a challenging vacation with some learning on the side!”

Earn Basic Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) while enjoying a beautiful vacation in Ft. Myers, Florida. Our live-aboard yacht is a 35’ Island Packet 32. It is air-conditioned, complete with full galley, state-of-the-art GPS and motorized dinghy. See https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/2d9d40ae/files/uploaded/Argo.pdf

On the first day at noon we move onto our yacht, and go through a thorough boat briefing and chart briefing of the cruising area. We will get used to handling the boat under power with MOB drills and docking practice, then set sail to learn the ropes of our sloop-rigged yacht. We spend the night at our dock each night, except the last night when we anchor out, cooking our dinner onboard. We will also learn dead reckoning navigation, boat systems, diesel engine checks, crew overboard techniques, emergency procedures, reefing, double anchoring, sail trim, advanced knots, cooking underway, and tides.

ITINERARY: Board at 12PM on first day. Sleep aboard each night. Anchor out the last night. Return to dock and disembark by 5PM on the last day. Included: 2 Textbooks, breakfasts, lunches, towels and linens.

Feb. 1 - 5, 2022
Feb. 8 - 12, 2022

Cruising Catamaran course

American Sailing Association course

Prerequisite Certification: ASA-104 is required to earn your ASA-114 Certifications, but not required to enjoy the course!

Experience Level: “I’ve confidently sailed on my own and am ready for a challenging but fun vacation!”

Earn Cruising Catamaran ASA 114 while enjoying a beautiful vacation in Cape Coral near Fort Myers, Florida. Our live-aboard 44' cat with 3 cabins and 2 heads is air-conditioned, with full galley and state-of-the-art GPS and electronics.
We arrive at noon for boat check-out and orientation. We sleep aboard each night as we cruise the area around Sanibel and Fort Meyers Beach. We will anchor out, then explore the islands and coastline on our motorized dinghy. You will learn differences in both handling and engineering between cats and monohulls, perform diesel engine checks, practice motor drills, overboard recovery under motor and sail, heave-to, tacking, jibing and reefing, anchoring techniques, sail trim, live-aboard skills and learn to expertly dock a twin-screw catamaran.

Upon successful completion of on-water skills and written exam, you will be certified to skipper your own charter catamaran. All are welcome to fully participate in all aspects of the course, though ASA 104 is the prerequisite for ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran certification.

ITINERARY: Board at 12:00pm on first day for boat orientation and check-out. Return to dock and disembark by 5PM on last day.

****** Catamaran Flotilla Week is Feb. 20-25. Contact CaptainJoan@mac.com to participate as skipper or crew. ******


Private Catamaran or Monohull charter for your group: Arrange a private charter for your family or group of friends. Participants may choose to be trained for ASA certifications, or just relax and enjoy a splendid vacation. Call with your dates and desired number of cabins for a personalized quote.

Proof of Covid vaccinations required upon registration. No smoking onboard yacht, dinghy, or dock.

Questions? Please Contact Captain Joan or call  612-871-8101

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