Everything you will need for the course, except your personal items, is included in the cost. You’ll be provided a bunk, bedding, food, instruction, lively camaraderie and an adventure! The price does not cover your airfare to and from the program, and your personal items. Please do not purchase airfare until you are accepted into the course. Once you are accepted, we will send a full information packet which includes details on travel, packing, etc.

Some of what we’ll practice (conditions permitting): benAllison
• Traditional Navigation
• Knots & Line Handling
• Night Sailing
• Anchoring & Anchoring In The Dark
• Monitor Windvane Steering
• Heaving-To
• VHF Communication
• MOB & Safety Procedures
• Weather & Planning
• Engine & Boat Checks
• Creating Good Seamanship Habits
• Reefing
• Docking
• Single Side Band Weather
• Using Apps!
• Radar Navigation & Collision Avoidance
• Drills!
• And more!

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Coastal Sail-Training Expeditions:

bowDominica650 Coastal courses are ideal for people of all levels who want to prepare for anything from weekend trips to long term cruising.  Many students see the word “coastal” and feel they are too advanced for this course. However, it is a challenging program… and remember the coast is where all the action is: heavy commercial traffic, rocks, tides and currents! We have chosen one of the most difficult areas to sail in the US, and on days when the weather doesn’t challenge you, we will “stir the pot” with a few drills and scenarios. Most coastal sailors stay in the harbor when the weather is tough. However, we do not shy away from rain, wind, night travel, or fog. We don’t just sail on the fair days, but we aren’t fools either. If dangerous weather is approaching, such as a hurricane or lightning, we will seek a secure anchorage – which will give you the opportunity to stand anchor watch in a crazy storm! But don’t let that discourage you either. New England weather is so varied that we expect each course to be a mix of fair sunny days, fog, rain, strong wind, and light air. Depending on your level, and the course you are placed on, some activities could include fog navigation, night travel and anchoring, heavy weather tactics, engine maintenance, route planning, understanding weather, etc. If you are planning to cruise long distances, this course is ideal.

A video from a coastal expedition

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