Basic cruising is for students ready to take their sailing skills to the next level on mid-sized cruising boats. Taught aboard our Catalina 42, Betty, students will be introduced to inboard powered, wheel steered sailboats, and build confidence in handling a mid-size auxiliary sailboat under power and sail.
Specific topics include handling a mid-size auxiliary sailboat under power. Boat systems including engine, electrical, bilge and MSD (head) systems. Sailing a mid-size auxiliary sailboat, heavy weather techniques, anchoring, sailing emergencies, basic navigation and medical emergencies at sea. Larger sails and gear impose large loads and require careful handling. Sailors will gain these competencies while reviewing basic sailing operations and drills.