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Basic Keelboat & Basic Coastal Cruising

Basic Keelboat &

Coastal Cruising



Based in the scenic cruising grounds of the Gulf Islands,

this 5 day, comprehensive course covers boat handling

and safe seamanship practices as well as introducing the

basics of coastal navigation. After departing our base

at Port Sidney you'll spend five days on board a 34 - 40 ft

sailboat, cruising and learning through some of the most

spectacular waters in the world. You'll spend each night

either at anchor under the stars or secured at a cozy marina.


Basic Keel Boat Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged

keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds

and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions,

helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including

basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required.


Basic Coastal Cruising - Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship.





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