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ASA103 Coastal Cruising Certification

Coastal Cruising Certification

Prerequisites: 30-hours of keelboat sailing after completing your ASA101 certification or 2-years of keelboat ownership.  Can be waived by instructor approval.

Classes: 2 (Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm)
Students Per Class: 1 – 2 per session

Registration Fee: $495 member and $595 non-member

Pre-set 2021 Dates: 5/28-29, 7/30-31, and 10/29-30 or pre-arranged

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Step up to a larger boat by learning to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary diesel powered wheel sailboat of about 30 to 40 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

Topics Covered in ASA103

Ability to demonstrate ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat auxiliary powered inboard diesel engine on a keelboat of approximately 30 to 40 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions

ASA103 is a two day class taught on Lake Travis that prepares you to cruise coastal waters during daylight hours within sight of land. You will be using a diesel powered engine with a wheel instead of a tiller.

  • Cruising sailboat terminology
  • Basic boat systems
  • Auxiliary outboard engine operation
  • Diesel engine basic
  • Docking procedures
  • Intermediate sail trim
  • Navigation rules
  • Basic coastal navigation
  • Anchoring
  • Weather interpretation
  • Man Overboard Recovery Under Power using the Anderson Turn

ASA103 Agenda

Day 1


The first day of ASA103 focuses on maneuvering and docking a diesel engine with a wheel. Day 1 is usually taught on Friday only in winds under 6 MPH. Topics covered are basic boat systems, auxiliary outboard engine operation, diesel engine basics, docking procedures, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, Man Overboard Recovery Under Power using the Anderson Turn, and fighting an onboard fire.

Day 2


The second day of ASA103 focuses on sailing in winds of over 10 MPH in sight of shore. is usually taught on Saturday. Topics covered are advanced sail trim, steering without the use of the wheel, Man Overboard Recovering under sail using the Quick Stop Method, use of jack lines, safety, seamanship, and sailing short handed.

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