What is a "Co-Skipper"? | Modern Sailing

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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    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

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