If you have cruising on your bucket list but you or your mate need some help getting started then our Cruising 101 Seminar is your first adventure…Ask Captain Chris about Cruising FUNdamentals! This comprehensive seminar will open your eyes to the life of a cruiser and all the essentials you and your crew need to master before you leave the dock – in just 2 days with an optional boat yard tour on the third day.
What Students are saying…
“I just completed both Captain Chris’ courses. If you are going to “Loop” and are not an expert on large boats take these courses before you even look at your first boat. Not only will you gain a boatload of knowledge they are fun too!”- John S
“Gail and I took the Introduction to Cruising 101 class last week. Some years ago we lived aboard and sailed a great deal on the East Coast. A decade on the water made me feel like this would be a refresher course. It is amazing just how much you forget over the years. “I did not know, what I didn’t know”! This course was absolutely great. All information was provided in an understandable way and the attention to detail was wonderful. Captains Chris and Alyse are a great team and their teaching style is engaging and fun! Thanks, Chris and Alyse, we had a valuable experience in class and hope to continue to take your courses.” – Thom & Gail
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* Optional Boat Yard Tour in Fort Pierce FL on Sunday morning following the 2-day Cruising 101 workshop.
Call Captain Chris for details 772-205-1859
Classes held at: 2845 Citrus Place, Vero Beach FL
Seminar Topics and Agenda
The Perfect Boat For You. Topics will include boat designs, styles, layouts, surveys, propulsion systems including single or twin engines, gas or diesel, thrusters and docking techniques that work for each.
Navigation Made Easy. Review the latest in navigation resources including paper charts, electronic chart plotters, and internet websites that can help you plan your cruise for a day or the whole season. Learn about lights and other navigational assets while you discover how to interpret range makers, tides and currents. You’ll learn that navigation is much more than moving from one waypoint to the next and there’s no final exam!
Docking & Anchoring Techniques. At the end of the day we all end up somewhere. We are either swinging on the hook in a quiet anchorage or nestled in the perfect marina. The reasons for selecting one finale over another are sometimes based solely on our fear of the unknown…so come learn with Captain Chris!
Crew Communication. Remember the first time you and your mate went boating together? Amazing that any of us make it past that initial adventure! Oh sure, we start with such high hopes for the idyllic cruise- the thrill of taking the helm for the first time. Some tips from a Boat Whisperer should keep you on track. Verbal communication, arm signals and Float Plans will be included.
Vessel Communications. Explore with us the how-to of vessel intentions, whistle signals, internet, AIS, RADAR, SPOT and VHF radio. Sound like alphabet soup? Come learn more about each of these easy to use electronic tools found aboard more pleasure boats today.
Confessions of a Galley Slave. Planning a weekend trip? Maybe cruising for a few months? Captain Alyse will share ideas, shortcuts and hints that will make your time in the galley another fun adventure. All of our galley recipes are easy to make and can work perfectly in the small confines of a one burner stove or toaster oven and one small square foot of counter space….as well as in the spacious galley of a large cruiser. With the right tools and the right attitude everything tastes better on a boat.
Safety Aboard. This exciting, interactive and dynamic topic offers a fresh way to think about safety aboard and is one you will NOT soon forget! From Inflatable PFDs to EPIRBs Ask Captain Chris everything you need to know about safety equipment to be sure YOURS will work when you need it.
Trip Planning. Plan a cruise starting here in Florida and we will show you how easy it is to go anywhere! From selecting each port of call to provisioning groceries, fuel and spare parts, Captains Chris and Alyse will coach you using various resources. Yes! You will be planning your next trip so bring your charts, guide books and iPad or tablet for a hands-on session.
Boat Owner Maintenance. Captain Chris will take the mystery out of maintenance. If fuel filters, impellers, & bilge pumps aren’t in your everyday comfort zone then this session will help prepare you to start your Cruising Adventure.
Line Handling. Practice a proper cleat knot to keep your boat secure. Learn how to tie a bowline and other useful knots for the confident cruiser.
Ask Captain Chris about Cruising FUNdamentals and register today!