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Basic Powerboating Cruising

The Basic Powerboat Cruising course will teach you how to responsibly operate a powered cruising vessel during daylight hours within sight of land in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. Students will learn Basic Powerboating Cruising aboard our Camano 31’, or our Aspen Powercat 28’, for 16 hours of classroom and on-the-water training.

Certification requirements include successfully completing the following knowledge and skill requirements with a confident and safe command of the boat in light to moderate conditions. Stronger conditions are acceptable if you can safely control the boat with an awareness of limitations in these conditions. You will safely operate a cruising powerboat of at least 26 feet in length.

Topics Covered

On-the-water Instruction:

  • Preparation: Weather, currents, safety systems, VHF radio, basic knots
  • Docking: arriving, departing, line-handling, speed control, shifting techniques
  • Navigation: Aids to Navigation, charts, symbols, Rules of the Road
  • Boat Control in Open Water: Speed control, steering a compass course, high-speed maneuvering
  • Anchoring: Dropping anchor, retrieving anchor, anchor scope
  • Emergency Procedures: VHF radio in emergency situations, man overboard drills
  • Securing a Boat: Secure boat to dock, boat cleaning, securing hatches & ports

Classroom Instruction:

  • Preparation: Weather information sources, float plan, trip planning
  • Systems: Part of a boat, electrical systems, engine systems
  • Powerboat Theory: Hull shapes, effects of wind & seas, turning radius
  • Docking: Alternatives for different wind conditions, line handling, basic knots
  • Navigation (Piloting): Avoiding collisions, Navigation Rules, lighting requirements
  • Boat Control in Open Water: Handling wakes, handling wind & waves, handling adverse weather
  • Emergency Procedures: Safety devices & aides, fire fighting, avoiding accidents, rendering assistance
  • Anchoring: Types of anchors, recommended scope, anchor setting theory
Pricing

BPC

  • Members: $795 (Includes text book)
  • Non-members: $945 (Text book not included)

Basic Powerboating Conversion

The Basic Powerboat Conversion is for students who have already attained the US Sailing Bareboat Certification and want to apply their knowledge to powerboating. The course will teach you how to responsibly operate a powered cruising vessel during daylight hours within sight of land in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. Students will learn Basic Powerboating Cruising aboard our Camano 31’, or our Aspen Powercat 28’, for 16 hours of classroom and on-the-water training.

Certification requirements include successfully completing the following knowledge and skill requirements with a confident and safe command of the boat in light to moderate conditions. Stronger conditions are acceptable if you can safely control the boat with an awareness of limitations in these conditions. You will safely operate a cruising powerboat of at least 26 feet in length.

Topics Covered

On-the-water Instruction:

  • Preparation: Weather, currents, safety systems, VHF radio, basic knots
  • Docking: arriving, departing, line-handling, speed control, shifting techniques
  • Navigation: Aids to Navigation, charts, symbols, Rules of the Road
  • Boat Control in Open Water: Speed control, steering a compass course, high-speed maneuvering
  • Anchoring: Dropping anchor, retrieving anchor, anchor scope
  • Emergency Procedures: VHF radio in emergency situations, man overboard drills
  • Securing a Boat: Secure boat to dock, boat cleaning, securing hatches & ports

Classroom Instruction:

  • Preparation: Weather information sources, float plan, trip planning
  • Systems: Part of a boat, electrical systems, engine systems
  • Powerboat Theory: Hull shapes, effects of wind & seas, turning radius
  • Docking: Alternatives for different wind conditions, line handling, basic knots
  • Navigation (Piloting): Avoiding collisions, Navigation Rules, lighting requirements
  • Boat Control in Open Water: Handling wakes, handling wind & waves, handling adverse weather
  • Emergency Procedures: Safety devices & aides, fire fighting, avoiding accidents, rendering assistance
  • Anchoring: Types of anchors, recommended scope, anchor setting theory
Prerequisites

US Sailing Basic Bareboat Certification or equivalent

Pricing
  • WWSC Members: $195
  • Non-members: $295