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.
- 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.