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 on-the-water days under your belt (3 as the skipper), 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 in the ASA 101 and ASA 103 courses while introducing essential skills necessary for overnight and multi-day 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
  • Anchoring, mooring and docking techniques
  • Crew health, safety, and emergency procedures
  • 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.

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.

The Bareboat Cruising Made Easy textbook is included with your purchase of this course and will be mailed to you. If you wish to pick up your textbook in person or if you sign up less than a week from the first day of your course, please contact our office. Optionally, you may purchase the Bareboat Cruising Made Easy e-book directly from the ASA. Advance study of your textbook will enhance your success in this course.

Course Prerequisites

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: 
$1495
Cost for Non Members: 
$1895
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

  • Casey Bishop, Corporate Regatta

    WE LOVED IT! The whole team was so honored and thankful. Thanks so much for all of your team's hard work and excellence in organizing our party. Of the 22 of us, only 4 had ever been sailing and not in the Bay. The guys had an incredible experience, the skippers were all really great, allowing each of us to be at the wheel. They were kind and empowering. Plus the weather and wind were perfect! It was definitely one of the top 3 experiences that we have shared as leaders in the past 5 + years. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

  • Ray Arceneaux

    The vessel was clean and in fine condition - very nice boat for training, well-equipped.

  • Jessica Zittere, Member

    The Full Moon Sail with Skipper Bob Gutsgell was Ah-Mayzing!! The group dynamic was lovely and the views spectacular. I can't say enough good things about the experience. Thanks so much for the wonderful Club Sails, they are really great.

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Sausalito Location
2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-8250
(800) 995-1668

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