Become a Powerboat Instructor

Annual Instructor Clinic: April 9 – 13, 2021

Instructor Evaluator: Ken Brown

Address of the Instructor Qualification Clinic: 125 Wharf Road, Warwick, RI 02889

Contact person: Mary Goff

Contact e-mail: mary@narragansettsailing.com

Contact Telephone Number: 401-575-0964

April 9 – 13th the following instructor courses will be offered.

 

 

The Recreational Powerboating Association (RPBA) was formed in 2009 in a direct response to the need for a national boater education program that emphasizes a practical, hands on approach. The RPBA’s mission is to be the leader in delivering the highest quality practical boater education in the United States, emphasizing safety, knowledge and practice as the confidence-building cornerstones to promote the powerboating lifestyle.

The Association’s unique approach utilizes not only the Industry’s foremost experts in theory and classroom education, but also those with years of experience in developing and teaching the critical but often ignored on-the-water component.

RPBA courses offer both depth and breadth. The Association’s foundation course, “Close Quarters Powerboat Handling,” offered as three separate classes based on different powerboat types, assures that students receive the practical training specific for the craft they intend to operate—not practice on a boat likely to be vastly different than the one they will be handling.


Twin Inboard

An Inboard motor is a marine propulsion system. As opposed to an Outboard motor where an engine is mounted outside of the hull of the craft, an Inboard motor is enclosed within the hull of the boat usually connected to a propulsion screw by a driveshaft. Twin Inboard Drives are two independent, side-by-side engines within a single boat and are very effective in close quarters. This effective twin drive setup uses two inboard engines, two propellers and two rudders.

 


Single Inboard

An Inboard motor is a marine propulsion system. As opposed to an Outboard motor where an engine is mounted outside of the hull of the craft, an Inboard motor is enclosed within the hull of the boat usually connected to a propulsion screw by a driveshaft. Single Inboard’s are powered by one engine, diesel or gas, with one propeller and a rudder positioned amidship directly behind the prop.

 


Stern Drive / Outboard

The Stern Drive, also called an Inboard / Outboard (I / O) is a form of marine propulsion and is located inboard just forward of the transom or stern and delivers power via a shaft that goes through the transom to the drive unit located outside the hull and resembles the bottom half of an outboard. This unit contains the gearing for the system and carries the propeller. The boat is steered by pivoting this unit and no rudder is needed.

An Outboard motor consists of a self-contained unit that includes engine, gearbox and propeller designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom. As well as providing propulsion, outboards provide steering control as they are designed to pivot over their mountings to control the direction of thrust.

 

Questions? Interested in becoming a powerboat instructor? Reach out to Mary directly at 401-575-0964 or by email at mary@narragansettsailing.com.