ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising

ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certification

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Person (Ages 16+): $1,450


Three-Day and Two-Night Course
Starting day one at 9 am
Ending day three at 4 pm


Designed for students who have already achieved the ASA 101/Basic Keelboat and 103/Coastal Cruising Certifications, Bareboat Cruising is a live-aboard certification course that provides a hands-on introduction to bareboat chartering. Linens and provisions for onboard meals are provided.

Students can also enjoy on-shore dining options on their own at one of the ports of call. All of the skills and requirements for ASA 104/Bareboat Cruising certification are covered in this comprehensive course. The last day is spent working with you on the written and practical testing. The price includes the Bareboat Cruising textbook, testing, and ASA 104 certification fees.

Cruising Information

Sailing is most fun when you are comfortable and prepared. What follows is a list of helpful hints for you to ensure a pleasant experience on your cruise and when learning to sail. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. Please contact us if you have any questions. We want your cruise to be enjoyable, as well as

What to Bring

  1. Annapolis Sailing School provides Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) to all our students. If you have your own United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD, feel free to bring it with you.
  2. Closed-toe, soft-soled shoes are to be worn at all times. Boat shoes are preferred, but tennis shoes will suffice. It is possible your footwear will get wet, so a spare pair is suggested.
  3. Annapolis Sailing School sails in rainy weather, so be prepared with windbreakers, foul-weather pants, jackets, etc.
  4. Pack your clothes with consideration to the weather. If the weather is hot, shorts, bathing suits, and T-shirts are the norm. Even in hot weather, it is cooler on the water and in the evenings, so bring a sweater/sweatshirt/jacket and light cotton pants (better than denim jeans on a boat). Wide-brimmed hats, lightweight, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, and light cotton pants are a good idea for sun protection. Sailing clothes are acceptable at all overnight stops. Dresses or coats/ties are not necessary.
  5. Sunblock, hats/caps with a clip, sunglasses with straps, and lip balm are important for extra protection against the effects of sun, wind, and glare on the water. Remember that the sun’s rays and their reflection off the water can cause severe sunburn and caution should be exercised.
  6. Insect repellent (spray or lotion) is also a good idea.
  7. Personal shower kit, including soap for bathing. Remember your personal medical items.
  8. A soft-sided lightweight duffel bag or a collapsible suitcase for easy storage is recommended. Put clothes in plastic bags to ensure dry storage.
  9. Travel light. Pack the absolute minimum.

Items Provided on Cruising Boats

  • Life preserver for each person
  • 1 horseshoe buoy
  • Fire extinguishers and a flare kit
  • Air horn
  • Winch handles
  • First aid kit and book
  • 1 Flashlight
  • Anchor lines, dock lines, boat hooks
  • 1 Bimini cockpit cover
  • Small refrigerator
  • 2 -burner stove with oven (propane fuel)
  • Saucepans, fry pans
  • Linens including sheets, a blanket, and towels
  • Dish detergent
  • Teakettle and coffee pot
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Flatware for 6
  • 6 plates, bowls, and cups
  • 1 colander, tongs
  • 1 spatula, serving spoon
  • 2 cutting knives
  • 1 barbecue grill, grill lighter, and matches
  • Medium kitchen trash liners
  • Aluminum foil and storage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Marine bathroom tissue (must use only tissue provided).

Gasoline, kerosene, propane, and other gas stoves and lanterns, and charcoal burners are prohibited.

When at fault, the student may be financially responsible for any equipment that is lost or damaged.

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