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THE Curriculum

SAILING

Learning to sail is actually quite easy. You will not only learn the points of sail (sail trim for different wind directions) but how to read sails for optimal efficiency. You will also learn how to raise and lower sails and how to sail safely under most conditions.

TRADITIONAL NAVIGATION

It is essential that the sailor be self-sufficient and capable of dealing with problems as they occur. Therefore, traditional non-electronic navigation is taught as a backup to modern electronic navigation. This session includes reading charts, learning dead reckoning using parallel rules and dividers, and compensating for tides and currents.

ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION

While electronics make navigation easier and more accurate, understanding how to properly use a chart plotter, AIS systems, VHF radio telephone, and radar in combination with paper charts is essential for safe coastal cruising. 

BOAT HANDLING

This includes how to dock a boat and tie it up properly as well as how to pick-up a mooring and how to safely anchor.

BASIC DIESEL REPAIR

Diesel engines are extremely reliable and often offer thousands of hours of trouble-free auxiliary power, but only when they are properly maintained. This section addresses how to keep your diesel running reliably and what to do if it suddenly stops.

SAFETY AT SEA

The Maine Coastline is among the most beautiful cruising areas in the world, however in order to make any cruising enjoyable one must know how to prevent mishaps and how to deal with them when they occur. This session includes how to handle an unforeseen situation before it becomes dangerous or an emergency.