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Basic Powerboat Cruising

Build a solid foundation of skills on the water for cruising safely and confidently through the Salish Sea.  Earn the US Powerboating Basic Powerboat Cruising Certificate and your Washington State Boater Card.

Course Content:

  • Cruising powerboat systems: understanding, operation, and pre-cruise checks
  • Basic trip planning & navigation for a day cruise
  • Close quarters maneuvering and docking
  • Boating knots
  • VHF radio operation for hailing, marine weather, and emergency calls
  • Boating knots
  • Piloting safely in open water
  • Learn and apply navigation aids and navigation rules
  • Anchoring procedures
  • Crew overboard rescue procedure
  • Learn on your boat or a charter boat: single or twin engines, inboard, outboard or stern drive.

Prerequisites:  None, but Navigation Essentials is strongly recommended before or soon after.

Scheduling:  

  • Custom scheduling on your boat or a charter boat.  The earlier you schedule, the more options you have.
  • For smaller cruising powerboats, a minimum of 3 days.
  • Larger cruising powerboats require at least 4 days, due to the higher challenge with maneuvering & docking, as well as more complex systems.
  • Contact us for scheduling

Tuition:

  1. Class tuitions include instruction, certifications, and materials for up to 4 students on board.
  2. Three day class:  $1,500
  3. Four day class:  $1,950
  4. Charter boat cost, if needed, is extra.  Call to arrange.
  5. Fuel cost is shared among students.
  6. For classes more than 20 miles from Anacortes, a travel stipend applies unless the instructor can sleep on the boat.

Inshore Powerboat Cruising

Take your cruising skills to the next horizon and prepare for multi-day cruises through the Salish Sea and beyond.

Earn the US Powerboating Inshore Powerboat Cruising Certificate AND the US Powerboating Night Operations Endorsement.

Course Content:

  • Cruising larger powerboats for longer distances within sight of land
  • Deepen systems understanding, operation and trouble shooting for larger powerboat systems and longer voyages.
  • Planning and provisioning or multi-day cruises, including fuel consumption and tank capacities.
  • Preparing and delivering a float plan
  • Pre-cruise preparations, including safety systems and US Coast Guard requirements
  • Application of navigation skills for planning, plotting, and piloting your route.
  • Use of GPS chart plotter for constructing and following routes.
  • Hazard identification and mitigation
  • Crew coordination and communication for boat operations, docking and anchoring.
  • Approaching and docking in an unfamiliar marina
  • Anchoring overnight, including multiple-anchor strategies.
  • Emergency preparedness and incident management procedures
  • Crew overboard recovery techniques for day and night.
  • Identifying and mitigating for  night operations hazards
  • Use of navigation running lights and other night operations equipment
  • Night radar navigation, if available on the boat
  • Identify other vessels at night
  • Identify aids to navigation at night
  • Safely leave and enter a harbor at night
  • Options to learn on a single or twin engine boat

Prerequisites:  

Scheduling:  

  • Minimum of 4 days with one night in an unfamiliar marina and and one night at anchor, plus night operations.  
  • Add days if you need help with docking skills or just want more time for the skill development. (Scroll down for extra days registration.)
  • Contact us for custom scheduling.  The earlier you schedule, the more options you have.

Tuition & Fees:

  1. $2,000 for up to four people on your boat or a charter boat.  (More than four students? Give us a call.)  Includes class materials & certifications for all on board.
  2. Charter boat cost, if needed, is extra.  Call to arrange.
  3. Fuel cost is shared among students.
  4. Travel stipend applies for classes more than 20 miles from Anacortes, unless the instructor can sleep on the boat.

Powerboating Cruise-&-Learn

For those who want a complete and immersive maritime learning experience, this class combines the US Powerboating Basic and Inshore Powerboating Certifications, plus the Night Operations Endorsement, plus the Washington State Boater Safety Card in a 6-day, real-world, real-time Salish Sea cruise.

Course Content:

All of the powerboat cruising standards listed above for the Basic and Inshore Powerboating classes, plus the Night Operations are included in this class.  The added bonus is that you get to learn from the many contextual situations that naturally occur in and island-to-island cruise, with multiple anchoring and docking scenarios for deepening your training and skills.

Prerequisites:  None

Scheduling:  A 7-day immersive learning while cruising experience.  Contact us for custom scheduling.  The earlier you schedule, the more options you have.

Tuition & Fees:

  1. $3,150 for 7 days of instruction and up to four people on your boat or a charter boat.  Includes class materials & certifications for all on board.
  2. Charter boat cost is extra.  Call to arrange.
  3. Fuel and guest moorage costs are shared among students.

Custom Instruction on Your Powerboat

Learn the skills you need to safely operate, maneuver and cruise your personal powerboat – large or small.  Skills focus is whatever you need:

  • Close quarters maneuvering & docking
  • Anchoring techniques
  • Crew overboard recovery
  • Applied navigation & piloting
  • Night operations & fog
  • You name it

Prerequisites:  Exactly where you are in your powerboating skills and experience.

  • Your boat in your marina
  • Custom instruction based on your current skill-base and your goals.
  • Consider the value of spending a day focused on close quarters maneuvering & docking skills, or anchoring procedures, or emergency preparedness including crew overboard drills, or whatever your need is.
  • Taught by a professional educator with a lifetime of experience cruising the Salish Sea and the Inside Passage.
  • Certifications can be included for their base cost (and you can challenge them).
  • Contact us to schedule.
  • Tuition: $450 per day includes up to 4 people.

Prerequisites:  Exactly where you are in your powerboating skills and experience.

Venu:  Your boat out of your marina, or anywhere in the Salish Sea.

Scheduling:  Contact us for custom scheduling

Tuition:  $450 per day includes up to 4 students on the boat.  Travel stipend applies for boats more than 20 miles from Anacortes.

Extra Days – Powerboating Instruction

Slow things down, add more practice and instructional coaching to the important skills for your cruising goals.  Tuition days are add-on to another powerboating class:

Tuition:  

  • $450 per day on your boat
  • Charter boat cost extra