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ASA (103) Coastal Cruising Certification

“Set sail for more distant horizons”

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This intermediate level course gets you further out of the harbor.  After completing this intensive 3-day course, you will earn ASA (103) Basic Coastal Cruising Certification.  This course will provide you with a more advanced knowledge base, teaching you the essential skills you’ll need to safely command a boat up to a 40ft on your own, during daylight hours and along coastal waters.

We offer more docking experience than most other sailing schools at this level – and we teach you the proper techniques aboard proper coastal cruising boats with INBOARD diesel engines! Again, our award winning methods will ensure your success – guaranteed!

Like our 101 course, this course provides 24 hours of instruction, but you will be learning aboard a 33-40ft cruising sailboat. The entire sailboat is your floating classroom. Each morning will start with a two hour lecture taught in the main salon of our cruising boat, followed by a quick lunch break, and then at least five hours of practical boating/sailing.

After successfully completing this course, you will qualify for our Sailing Club which gives members access to our late model Colgate 26s.  You would need to complete ASA 104 to gain access to larger cruising boat club.

Topics cover preparation, more advanced sail theory, heavy weather sailing maneuvers, crew positions & responsibilities, more advanced mooring/docking/anchoring techniques, basic navigation, boat systems and troubleshooting, emergencies, weather, tides, rules of the road, and much more.

ASAStk300-2 Full Description of ASA 103 Course

Only three students per class; the best ratio in the industry.  If a group of friends or two couples request to enroll together, we will permit a four to one ratio, but usually add an additional day of instruction (at no additional cost) to provide enough hands on sailing time per person.

$1,199 per person

Plus an ASA textbook (Coastal Cruising Made Easy) and materials for $29.95

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

MAKE IT A VACATION WEEK! Get 10% off two courses and stay aboard for free if you do a 103/104 combo week. Minimum of two people to run classes.


Additional 101/103 OR 103/104 courses are also available in the Virgin Islands between the first Monday after Thanksgiving and the first Sunday in April!


  • World-class instruction from the only school in New England to consistently receive national recognition from the American Sailing Association.
  • Learn aboard boats that are young, safe, comfortable and simply the best learning platforms available.
  • We provide all safety equipment.  Information on what to wear/bring will be sent out upon course registration.

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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