Cruising Catamarans Made Easy

ASA Releases Catamarans Made Easy Textbook

By: American Sailing Association, Books, Press Release


Textbook is Fourth in Sail Education Leader’s Best-Selling Sailing Made Easy Series

LOS ANGELES – June 14, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has announced the publication of Cruising Catamarans Made Easy, the new official manual for its Catamaran Cruising Course (ASA 114). Focused exclusively on how to operate a cruising catamaran, the newest book in ASA’s instructive and engaging Sailing Made Easy series highlights the unique art of sailing a larger catamaran with its distinctive characteristics and operating systems.

Like our previous textbooks, Cruising Catamarans Made Easy is illustrated with rich, detailed photos and easy-to-understand text to help students learn quickly,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “It offers invaluable information on how to operate a cruising catamaran, adding tremendous value to many facets of the burgeoning catamaran industry.

Published in full color and containing best-in-class illustrations along with world-class photography from renowned sailing photographers, Billy Black, Nicholas Claris, Sharon Greene and others, Cruising Catamarans Made Easy was written by a team of expert sailing instructors with more than 250 years of combined sailing experience. The 100-page book was also co-edited by Peter Isler, two time America’s Cup winner and Chairman of ASA’s Educational Committee, and Jeremy McGeary, a 30-year veteran sailing writer and editor. The book also features a foreword by world-renowned pioneer catamaran racer, Cam Lewis.

More than a course textbook, Cruising Catamarans Made Easy is also ideal for familiarizing more experienced monohull sailors entering the evolving catamaran sales and charter markets,according to Isler. “For cat manufacturers and dealers, it can be used as a sales tool to inform, excite and build rapport with prospective customers. And for owners and operators of catamaran charter companies, it should be placed in the cabin of every catamaran in their fleet!

Cruising Catamarans Made Easy is the first book to serve as a complete guide for the cruising catamaran sailor. It features a water-resistant cover, an easy-to-follow layout of two-page spreads throughout and an extensive glossary of terms. It also provides web references to address key cruising catamaran issues, as well as sources of weather information.

Cruising Catamarans Made Easy is currently available for purchase on the ASA website ( or by calling the association at 310-822-7171. The book retails for $23.95.

About the American Sailing Association
Driven by a clear need for uniform teaching standards and increased access to sailing activities, the American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sail education for more than three decades. The association has grown to include an international network of approximately 300 professionally accredited sailing schools. Nearly one million certifications have been awarded to almost half a million people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools and clubs since 1983. The ASA has strategic partnerships with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and was instrumental in establishing national education standards through its work on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ Education Committee. The ASA has also consulted with the Department of Transportation and the National Parks Service. For more information, visit

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