Bareboat Cruising (Advanced)

Ready for that exciting week-long adventure to Catalina, the Caribbean, or beyond?  Our Bareboat Cruising course is designed to prepare experienced sailors for extended cruising on boats up to 45 feet in length.  The primary focus of this course is the management and maintenance of the many systems found aboard today’s modern cruising yachts.  Topics also covered include trip planning, provisioning, navigation, advanced anchoring and more.  After completion of this course, you will be able to charter our Catalina 36 and 42 Mk II, in addition to our Hunter 33’s and 36’s, as well as our Beneteau 373 and 40’s. This is a two-day overnight course.

**Prerequisite – Basic Cruising certification**

Group Lessons
Private Lessons
Additional Student

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Preparing for Class

Study Tips:

  • Students should read the assigned study materials before the first day of class.
  • Addtional resources are available on the US Sailing web site. .
  • Your Student Certification Standards handbook outlines all of the necessary skills and knowledge to pass each certification level.

Clothing Suggestions:

  • Wear comfortable, layered clothing as temperatures may change throughout the day.
  • Bring a warm jacket – temperatures are typically low in the morning and late afternoon.
  • Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are always a good idea for sun protection.
  • Keep in mind that there is a cabin on the boat, so feel free to bring a backpack or bag with items you might need throughout the day.


  • Free parking for students is available across the street from the marina building next to Harbor Island Park. While you will get a parking spot in our lot on days that you rent boats, we ask that you please park in the lot across the street when you are taking a class.

Cancellation Policy:

  • We look forward to teaching you here at Harbor Yacht Clubs, and we pride ourselves in having the best instructors teach our classes. With this in mind we need to book these instructors in advance to secure the best. When booking your class, please remember our cancellation policy:
  • Outside 30 days, there is no penalty. Inside 30 days, 50% of the class fee will apply. Inside 7 days, the full cost of the class will be incurred to reschedule at a later date. We ask that you please be certain of your availability to take the class before you schedule it.