Bareboat Cruising

Get Your ASA 104 in the Caribbean

Learn to sail and get your ASA 104 in the Caribbean and earn your ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certificate. By the end of the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising course you will be able to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.

Furthermore, you will gain knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

Finally, once you have your ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certificate, you will be able to charter a yacht, anywhere in the world.

Prerequisites for the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Course

ASA #101 Basic Keelboat Sailing

ASA#103 Basic Coastal Cruising

The ability to demonstrate competencies in all knowledge and skills elements of those Standards.

Study Materials



State and discuss the following:

The fuel tank capacity and powering range of the candidate’s boat

Factors which affect the range under power

The boat’s water capacity and crew’s minimum daily water requirements

The causes, prevention and treatments for seasickness

The appropriate clothing for sailing (comfort and safety)

Menu planning and provisioning and suitability to the day’s activities

The minimum contents of a first aid kit for a one-week cruise

The spare engine parts of a one-week cruise

The documents and procedures required to cross international borders and how to determine the above for any cruising location

Living Afloat

Discuss galley procedures that minimize the danger of fire, scalding or other galley accidents

Use common cooking systems (stoves and fuel)


Describe the sea breeze and land breeze effect

Identify conditions which cause fog


Describe the use of a radar reflector

Describe and discuss what to do when (under power):

The engine cooling water fails to flow

The engine fails in a crowded anchorage where safe sailing is impossible

The engine fails in a busy channel

Describe two methods of getting a man overboard back on board

Describe the information required and the procedure for tying a boat to a fixed dock in areas with a large tidal range

State the factors to be considered before allowing anyone to go swimming while at anchor, dock or shore

Describe the use of an anchor to hold a boat off a windward dock when abreast of that dock

Describe methods of rafting at anchor and potential dangers

Describe the actions taken to prevent the dinghy from bumping the boat in the night

Describe the proper operating procedures for the marine head and list precautions that prevent malfunctions

Describe the following common courtesies and customs for yachtsman:

Permission to board

Permission to come alongside

Courtesy in crossing adjacent boats when rafted

Rights of first boat at an anchorage

Keeping clear of boats racing

Flag etiquette: national flag, courtesy flag, burgee/house flag

Offering assistance to other yachtsmen in trouble


Perform routine daily and weekly maintenance procedures on an engine

Locate and check condition of all USCG required equipment aboard

Maneuver the boat under power in a confined space

Stop the bow of the boat within four feet of a fixed marker in various conditions while under power (pick up a mooring buoy)

Dock stern or bow to dock or shore using bow or stern anchor

Apply 72 COLREGS (Navigation Rules), rule 1-19

Demonstrate basic use of the VHF

Check that all systems and equipment on the boat are in working order: engine, electrical system, stove, electronics, sails, hull, deck hardware, ground tackle, and through-hulls and demonstrate knowledge of safety relating to them

Demonstrate the proper operation of a marine stove and the proper way to extinguish a fire

Demonstrate suitable methods and precautions while towing a dinghy

Sail a compass course with sails set properly while reaching and running

Demonstrate two different ways to returning to a man overboard in moderate winds

Plot a course and determine compass heading a E.T.A.

Read a nautical chart and identify corresponding landmarks and aids to navigation

Take a fix using visual bearings

Determine the depth above or below chart datum using tide tables

Plot a boat into an unfamiliar harbor or anchorage by day using a nautical chart and tidal information

Obtain and interpret the marine forecast

Set and retrieve two anchors set in a Bahamian mooring (fore and aft)

Knots Tie a rolling hitch and a trucker’s hitch

You will have an interesting a varied week during your ASA Bareboat Cruising Course.  Also, you will be living in close quarters with your other crew members and instructor and learning how to become a skipper, and to work as a team. Over the course of a week when you learn to sail in Grenada, you will gain the knowledge and skills to bareboat charter anywhere in the world. Furthermore, it may kick start you onto your own boat ownership dreams and sailing adventures!

The objective is to enjoy an adventure, learning vacation; a holiday with a difference. Part activity, part relaxation, totally memorable The emphasis is on learning how to sail safely, through plenty of practice. You will be working together, cooking together, eating together. and you will be doing this in a beautiful part of the world.

It will be an early start in the mornings to learning new skills, with the help of your experienced instructor. In the afternoons you will set sail, heading off to a new destination for the evening. Along the way you will be practising and refining your newly learned skills. Once anchored for the afternoon, there will be free time to spend exploring, snorkelling, fishing, and relaxing… and maybe a rum punch or two!


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