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Cruising Proficiency

NauticEd Rank attained upon passing competency evaluation:

Competent Skipper or Competent Bareboat Charter Master* or Competent Captain**

* Bareboat Charter Master rank requires 50 logged days of sailing. Prior sailing experience can be logged retroactively, and the 7 days from this course count towards the requirement. This requirement makes a sailing resume with this rank immediately acceptable by most bareboat yacht charter companies, unlike many certifications offered by other companies.

** Practical assessment for Competent Captain rank requires making a passage of at least 250 nautical miles. This is only possible in very limited circumstances. Please contact us for availability.

Do you dream of buying a cruising sailboat and living aboard part- or full-time? We offer courses in cruising proficiency, which give you the opportunity to learn from a skilled sailing instructor with extensive personal experience in outfitting cruising sailboats for comfort and safety, preparing for long passages and safely sailing offshore over long distances.

Elevate your sailing skills by learning how to plan longer passages, sail safely at night, handle the boat unassisted, and get into and out of anchorages without relying on an engine. Learn advanced galley management techniques including long passage provisioning, food safety and storage skills, and advanced meal preparation. Begin to understand the tools and equipment you need aboard for long passages (including smartphone apps and safety and navigation tools), as well as how to use them. Gain experience troubleshooting problems that could arise while at sea.

We will use weather routing software to plan for our passages from St. Thomas to St. Croix. These passages will be long enough to necessitate a watch schedule, and we will time our passages to include some night sailing. We will practice the skills necessary for you to pass the competency evaluation at the end of the course.

Your tuition includes:

  • 7 days and 6 nights on a first-class, well-maintained sailboat

  • About 65 hours of interactive online theory classes with NauticEd

  • Provisioning the boat with food for breakfasts, lunches, and half of dinners on board

  • Mooring fees

  • Fuel and water for the boat

  • Online log book

  • Automated online sailing résumé generated from log book

Not included:

  • ~3 meals ashore

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Instructor gratuity (10-15% at your discretion) and instructor's meals ashore, as is customary


Season A

12/17 - 1/3

2/15 - 4/4

$3400 Mono - $4100 Cat

Season B

5/3 - 6/27

11/8 - 12/1

$3250 Mono - $3950 Cat

Season C

1/4 - 2/14

4/5 - 5/2

$3100 Mono - $3800 Cat

Season D

6/28 - 11/7

12/2 - 12/16

$2950 Mono - $3650 Cat
Contact Us

We're taking bookings for the Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 season. Please contact us to let us know the time frame you're considering. We will help schedule you for the course and yacht that suits your needs.

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