Learn these skills on a "Key Concepts" learning vacation with hands-on instruction.

  • Points of sail and sail trim
  • Heaving to
  • Reefing and reducing sail area
  • Use of preventers
  • Discuss anchoring and docking under sail
  • Engine checks: oil, coolant, raw water strainer.
  • Engine start procedures
  • Use of heads and holding tanks
  • Battery charging and monitoring
  • Safe use of stove and oven
  • Preventing roller furling jamming
  • Daily weather forecasts
  • Use of life jackets and harnesses
  • Person Overboard Recovery: Rescue Sling, Quick Stop, Figure 8
  • VHF radio procedures
  • Calculating scope ratio and swing diameter with tide allowances
  • Use of an electric windlass (if aboard)
  • Setting and retrieving a second bow anchor, stern anchor, and shore line
  • Extensive docking practice/li>
  • Picking up a mooring ball
  • Safest methods for tying to a mooring ball
  • Familiarity with charts and symbols
  • Understanding and applying "The Rules of the Road"
  • GPS navigation, Velocity Made Good (VMG)
  • Familiarity with tide and current tables
  • Plotting a course
  • Determining course headings and distances

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