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What is a "Co-Skipper"?

At Modern Sailing School & Club, Silver Fleet-certified members have the benefit of being able to "co-skipper" with another member in order to earn up to 3 of the 6 on-the-water days* required as the ASA 104 prerequisite.

The Co-Skipper:

  • shares the duties of running the boat and crew
  • can dock only if he/she has come to a financial responsibility agreement with the charterer of record (the member whose name the reservation is in, or primary skipper)
  • can dock only if he/she is certified for that fleet level boat. (For example, a Silver Fleet certified co-skipper can only dock Silver Fleet boats.)
  • receives credit for an on-the-water day by informing the MSC office

We recommend that the charterer of record (primary skipper) and co-skipper have a discussion prior to sailing about how skipper duties will be shared. Here's some specific duties that the skipper and co-skipper can share between themselves. Communication between the skippers and crew is always key. 

  • Determine weather forecast, tides, and currents and prepare a float plan for the day. 
  • Complete the Boat Check-Out Form.
  • Review the Pre-Departure Checklist (in the Boat Check-Out Form) with crew.
  • Steer on the helm and direct the crew during docking activities.
  • Steer on the helm and direct the crew during sailing activities.
  • Monitor power consumption and battery status.
  • Complete the Boat Check-In Form.
  • Direct the crew in tidying and securing the boat at the end of the charter.

If you need some help finding a member to co-skipper with, join our members-only Facebook Crew List or the Bareboat Buddy List (an MSC-adminstered email distribution list). Request to join the Buddy List by sending an email to office@modernsailing.com. Remember to inform the office if you've co-skippered a charter so you'll receive credit towards your ASA 104 prerequisite.

*To earn more than 3 on-the-water days towards the ASA 104 prerequisite, charter as the primary skipper (charterer of record) and/or complete your choice of 1-day Sailing Skills Clinics.

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    I would like to compliment Stan Lander for his coaching, counseling and teaching Heavy Weather Offshore Sailing. Stan was very accommodating to all of the student's interests and shared his many years of insight on handling the boat in heavy seas. I would certainly recommend Stan and this course to sheltered waters sailors. My confidence in handling a boat of this size was certainly enhanced by the experience.

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