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ASA (114) Cruising Catamaran Certification (Rhode Island & Caribbean!)

“Catamarans provide unmatched speed & luxury – without the heeling!”

We have been dialing in this course curriculum and flow over many years, and are VERY confident that this is one of the most thorough catamaran training courses out there!

This 2-day LIVEABOARD advanced sailing course provides the skills needed to handle a catamaran both under sail and power. After successfully completing this course, you will earn ASA Cruising Catamaran Certification. This course will provide you with a more advanced knowledge base, teaching you the essential skills you’ll need to safely command a sailing catamaran up to 48ft on your own, in daylight, along the coastal waters of New England, the Caribbean, and beyond. After successfully completing this course, you will qualify for our Catamaran Cruising “Plus” Club which gives members access to our late model FP Mahe 36 and FP Lucia 40.  Charter companies will be much more likely to charter you their fleet of expensive catamarans if you have this certification!

Topics cover preparation, multihull structure, components & features, boat systems & troubleshooting, seamanship, safety & how to handle emergency situations, crew positions & responsibilities, advanced mooring/docking/anchoring techniques under power, sail handling & reefing, tacking, gybing, crew overboard recovery, navigation, dinghy towing/use of davits, and much more.

ASA 114 certification alone is a two day liveaboard course.  The ASA 104/114 combo course is a five day liveaboard course.  Taught aboard a 36-40ft cruising catamaran that has been fully outfitted for offshore passages and coastal cruising.


Full Description of ASA 114 Course


Rhode Island ASA 114 (Two consecutive days – either M, T, or W, Th, or S, Su) – $1,299 per person (minimum of two to hold class), plus an ASA textbook (Catamaran Cruising Made Easy) and materials for $24.95

Rhode Island ASA 104/114 Combo (Five consecutive days – either M – F or W – Su) – $2,399 per person (minimum of two to hold class), plus an ASA textbook (Bareboat Cruising Made Easy) for $39.95, and an ASA textbook (Catamaran Cruising Made Easy) and materials for $24.95.  Provisions extra.


Virgin Islands ASA 104/114 Combo (Seven consecutive days – Sat – Sat) – $3,299 – $3,999 per person depending on boat size (minimum of two to hold class), plus an ASA textbook (Bareboat Cruising Made Easy) for $39.95, and an ASA textbook (Catamaran Cruising Made Easy) and materials for $24.95.  Includes everything except travel and meals ashore.

Note: Sales tax on books is required, and a $10 shipping fee will be charged for all books.


Create a course any week of the year with a minimum of two students and a maximum of three*.  See our course schedule, but additional courses are added all of the time and you must call us for dates!

*If a group of friends or two couples request to enroll together, we will permit a four to one ratio, but we will add a third day to the course (i.e. M, T, W or F, S, Su) to insure that everyone has enough time do perform the practical skills.  Our Caribbean courses are taught over seven days, and may have up to four students due to the longer class sessions.


All course dates and pricing are subject to change until you are registered. REFER to your Registration Card provided in your course information for the actual course dates that were discussed at time of your course registration, or give Brenton a call!

Our course policies and refund/date switching policies are mailed with all course books and course information – otherwise available upon request – and are subject to change until you are registered.

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