ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering | Modern Sailing School

ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

3 days / 2 nights, Fri - Sun

Take your charter experience to the next level! If you've completed ASA 101 and ASA 103, and have at least six skipper days under your belt, you're ready to take ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising. This course will prepare you for international charter vacations and overnights on San Francisco Bay. Among the many essential yachting skills taught, students will complete the course with in-depth knowledge of trip planning, night sailing, and boat systems.

Sailing Skills Taught in ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising

The ASA 104 Course curriculum elaborates on skills taught on ASA 101 and 103 while introducing essential skills necessary for overnight and multiday charters. Topics of instruction include: 

  • Knowledge of provisioning and galley operations
  • Boat systems - electrical, mechanical, and plumbing
  • Auxiliary engine operation
  • Routine maintenance procedures
  • Advanced sail trim
  • Coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation
  • Multiple-anchor, mooring and docking techniques
  • Crew health, safety, and emergency operations
  •  Weather interpretation
  • Night Sailing
  • Close-quarters maneuvering with large monohulls

Charter Sailboats in the Bay Area

Upon completion of this course, you will receive your internationally recognized ASA 104 certification. Students who are Modern Sailing Club members will be eligible to charter boats in our Platinum Fleet (38' and above) and Gold Fleet (33' - 37') for overnight charters.

This course is temporarily modified in respect to current public health guidelines.

  • Students and instructors are required to wear masks.
  • There will be no cooking in the galley and no dining in the salon. Lunch can be BBQed on a stern-mounted grill or picked up from a dock-and-go restaurant. Meals will be enjoyed in the open air on deck or in the cockpit.
  • There will be no sleeping aboard, so the course schedule has been modified:
    Day 1: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
    Day 2: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Day 3: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Usual Course Curriculum

On the first day of the course, students plan their weekend and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and at least one dinner aboard. After a run to the grocery store for provisions and initial docking practice, the class sets sail for their first anchorage. On Saturday morning, students have a "classroom" style lecture examining the yacht's electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Students will chart the course for the day and practice new navigation skills before setting off to their next destination. 

The second night is often spent navigating an unfamiliar harbor and eating dinner at one of the many near-dock restaurants that the Bay Area has to offer. After dinner, the class will practice night sailing and navigate to their final overnight anchorage. Students will take their tests the morning of the last day of class - usually while at anchor. Students will also work on more advanced crew overboard recovery methods before sailing back to Sausalito and Modern Sailing School.

Course Prerequisites

  • Completion of ASA 101
  • Completion of ASA 103
  • Six on-the-water days

Eligible students can complete their on-the-water days can in various ways: through chartering on your own, co-skippering with another club member (up to two skippers per charter permitted), a 4-hour minimum private lesson with an instructor, or participation in a sailing skills clinic. Students with comparable experience also have the option to submit a sailing resume to waive this requirement.

There are three ways to sign up for this course - by phone (415) 331-8250, email, or by clicking the link below.

Cost for Members: 
$1095
Cost for Non Members: 
$1295
Prerequisites: 
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing; ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising; 6 On-the-Water Days
Sailboat healing over during a Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104) sailing course with Modern Sailing School and Club on San Francisco Bay

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Testimonials

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • Molie M

    After complete two courses and having a variety of instructors, I can safely say, this is place to go if you want to learn to sail. The fleet is equally diverse and exciting. The office staff does a great job of getting you plugged into the sailing community. Fantastic group of folks!

  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

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