ASA 118 Advanced Docking

Do you have trepidation when you approach a slip?
Does your heart beat faster when there is no one to catch a line on the dock?

Most owners can get their sailboat into a slip under normal conditions. This course teaches what to do when conditions are challenging. Get good with that, and a normal docking is easy!

Docking is a very logical and straightforward activity and is a very teachable skill. It is simply a matter of understanding the forces acting on the boat. In just a single day with you, we will help you improve your skills many fold.

ASA 118: Advanced Docking Course

We get heavy into the forces affecting a sailboat under power both while moving and stationary. We review the basic docking techniques briefly, and then get into the advanced stuff like backing up a boat under power, a host of ways to use lines to keep the boat under control no matter what the wind is doing, and stopping a boat in the middle of a marina environment and maintaining control. This is done with a 30′ sailboat with inboard diesel engine.

Single-Handed Docking Course

– Adv. docking is a prerequisite to this course.

Are you saying to yourself, “how is this even possible!?” Good! Because it is, and we’d like to show you how. It is not recommended or possible in every situation and every wind condition, but in most cases, one person can dock single-handed – after taking the course. This lesson assumes you have the skills to smoothly slide the boat alongside a dock, and we will show you what to do next all by your lonesome!

About The Course:

  • Each class has a maximum of four students and a minimum of three students.
  • $445 per class on a Saturday and $345 per class if on Monday – Friday

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