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Basic Keelboat

$450 per person | 9:30am-4:30pm Saturday - Sunday



*Please note that we need at least 3 students signed up to confirm a class. Private instruction is available, please call our office at 831-423-7245 to discuss options. Students must be at least 18 years old or must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Format: Two consecutive days (Saturday & Sunday), 9:30am to 4:30pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break.

Prerequisite: Basic Sailing & Seamanship or special permission from Pacific Yachting Staff.


This course prepares the student to sail and cruise safely in local waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 30-34 feet during daylight hours in moderate to strong wind and sea conditions. You will build on the skills learned in the Basic Sailing & Seamanship course and acquire more advanced boat handling, safety and seamanship skills. This course prepares students for the Basic Coastal Cruising Course. Topics covered:

•Wheel Steering
•Maneuvering Under Power
•Plumbing and Electrical Systems
•Steering systems
•Diesel engine operation
•Managing Heel & Weather Helm
•Sail selection and shape
•Emergency Tiller Usage
•Crew Overboard
•Recovery Procedures
•VHF Marine Radio Usage
•Safety Equipment Regulations
•Safety Gear Use
•Anchorages and anchoring
•Review points of sail
•Gybing and Tacking review
•Reefing Underway
•Navigation Rules
•Reading a Nautical Chart
•Rules of the Road
•Determining position and plotting a course
•Heavy weather techniques
•Heaving To
•Diesel Engine Operation and Troubleshooting



Optional Textbook: Sailing Made Easy, By ASA- $25.00 before tax.

The textbook can be purchased in our office or online at the American Sailing Association’s Website.

A digital copy of the textbook can also be purchased on iBooks.

Please Note: Completion of this class prepares you to take the ASA 101 certification written exam.


Optional Certification Package:

Logbook: $30.00

ASA 101 Exam: $30.00

*Please keep in mind that there is a one time mandatory $39.00 student enrollment fee that is not included in your class.

About Us

Pacific Sailing is an accredited American Sailing Association sailing school and yacht charter company with a fleet of 10 sailing yachts from 27-46 feet. We offer all levels of sailing instruction, Team Building Regattas, Skippered Charters, and Bareboat Charters.