ASA 104 – Bareboat Coastal Cruising

watch captain asa 104This course helps prepare you with first-hand, on board experiences useful for chartering a large, 30-45’, monohull sailing vessel.   The schedule will be three consecutive days with 2 nights, one at anchor and one at a destination port, weather and circumstances permitting.

The goal is for you to 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. The course discusses 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.  The course is taught on board and you will rotate between the duties and responsibilities of skipper, lookout, navigator, and crew.




The boat serves as the training platform; there are no separate classroom lectures.  To make this possible you are expected to read the textbook, study independently, practice knots, etc. prior to the class.  Students will share in the provisioning for the 3-day course and in meal preparation.  We will provide instructions and contacts for coordinating ahead of time.


Single (1 cabin or berth) – $750
Couple (sharing 1 double cabin) – $1,150

Fee includes required ASA textbook, exam, and ASA certification.
(A minimum of 4 students are required to conduct this class)


ANSA presents the class over three days.  This is a live-aboard experience with one night planned at anchor and one at a destination port.

ASA 104 Class 1:  July 17 – 19

ASA 104 Class 2:  August 14 – 16

ASA 104 Class 3:  August 17 – 19

ASA 104 Class 4:  August 21 – 23

Email to be added to the ANSA email list so that you can be informed of any schedule changes or additions.

LOCATION:  Port Annapolis Marina


Complete the online form to register:

ASA 104 Registration

Your registration will be confirmed once payment is received.

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or mail a check to ANSA, 4155 Carvel Lane Edgewater, MD 21037


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Email the Rear Commodore for Training ( for information or questions.