American Sailing Quick Guide to Navigation Rules

By: Sailing Tips

It never fails, you are out for a daysail and another vessel decides that the great expanse of ocean is too small and they sail directly at you.  Do you know who has the right away? Do you understand your responsibilities? These are the U.S. Coast Guard Inland Navigation Rules that specifically apply to sailing vessels. Navigation rules apply to all vessels and they can be found here: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/navigation-rules-amalgamated Sailors who have taken ASA 101 and 103 will have already encountered some of the Steering and Sailing Rules (Part B of the Navigation Rules). ASA 104 requires knowledge of those …

ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising – What You’ll Learn

By: Books, Learn To Sail

We dropped the anchor in about 15 feet of crystal clear water. From the dolphin striker, I could see the anchor chain all the way to the hook in the white sand. Fish darted below the boat as if they were accustomed to getting fed by the new arrivals. The four of us, my family, stood on the trampoline of the 48-foot catamaran and took in the scenery. An isolated cove in the Caribbean and it was all ours.  That was our first bareboat charter anchoring experience. It was life-changing. The dream trip to charter a boat and explore a …

Getting Ready for ASA 104

By: Charter, Instructors, Learn To Sail

Captain Cam Seamus from Harbor Sailboats in San Diego California shared a few tips about the journey to taking ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Made Easy and eventually going on your first Bareboat Charter Sailing Vacation. So, you’ve realized that it’s time to pursue your dream to bareboat charter – chartering boats without a licensed captain. Fortunately, the American Sailing Association has laid out three courses to help realize that dream: ASA 101, 103, and 104. Will you be ready to charter a bareboat once you finish the courses? Yes, and no. Yes, you will have the certifications that will on …

Tips From The Text: The Lookout Rule

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“Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all means available appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.”  – Rule 5 from the Navigation Rules (International-Inland) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security United States Coast Guard The Navigation Rules apply equally to every vessel on the water. While they differ slightly in inland waters from international waters, and even to some degree under local jurisdictions, The Lookout Rule applies everywhere and you can …

Tips From The Text “Tides and Currents”

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Sailing Tips Come From Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, the Official Manual for the ASA Bareboat Cruising Course. (ASA 104) Tides are the vertical movement of water caused by the gravitational fields of the sun and the moon acting on bodies of water. Tidal Currents are the result of water moving between high and low tides. Depending on where you sail your experience with tides and currents will vary. Sailors in San Francisco Bay regularly sail with a fast-moving current that dictates even the most mundane of sail plans. Have you ever seen the tide in the Bay of Fundy?