ASA 104 – Bareboat Coastal Cruising

watch captain asa 104This course helps prepare you with first-hand, boat-oriented, experiences useful for chartering a large, 30-45’, mono-hull sailing vessel.   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 coordinate provisioning with your fellow students, study independently, read the textbooks, practice knots, etc. prior to the class.  We will provide instructions and contacts ahead of time.


$650 which includes required ASA textbook, exam, and ASA certification.
(3 to 4 students required)


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

Block A:  May 3 – 5, 2019  9:00 AM Friday to 5:00 PM Sunday

Block B:  June 21 – 23, 2019  9:00 AM Friday to 5:00 PM Sunday

Block C:   July 12 – 14, 2019  9:00 AM Friday to 5:00 PM Sunday – FULL

Block D:   August 9 – 11, 2019   9:00 AM Friday to 5:00 PM Sunday

Block E:   September 13 – 15, 2019   9:00 AM Friday to 5:00 PM Sunday

LOCATION:  Hartge Yacht Harbor, Galesville, MD


Complete the online form to register for either session:

ASA 104 Registration

Each course will be taught with a minimum of three students and a maximum of four students. Your registration will be confirmed once payment is received.

Send payment by ZELLE to


Select ASA 104 Payment

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


Email the Rear Commodore for Training ( or contact the principal instructor Jim Openshaw (call 410-531-2107).