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Considering a Catamaran Charter? Know The Language

If you are considering a charter there is a good chance you’ll be thinking about a catamaran for your sailing vacation. While you should pick up ASA’s Cruising Catamarans Made Easy or consider taking ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran, you might want to brush up on the vocabulary that is specific to catamarans.

If you feel like you need a major refresher on boat terms, check out our piece on Sailing Terms Everyone Should Know.
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Cruising Catamaran Quiz

Cruising Catamaran Quiz

So you’re thinking about chartering a nice sized cruising cat or maybe you’re even thinking about buying one. Here’s a fun quiz, taken from the pages of the our Cruising Catamarans Made Easy textbook, to see what you know about these beautiful beasts that sail fast and are amazing at an anchorage.

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Time to Get Cruising Catamaran Certified

Time to Get Cruising Catamaran Certified

The cruising catamaran is the fastest growing segment in the sailing world. Heralded for their incredible comfort at a mooring or under sail, more and more cruising destinations are jam packed with what, are in essence, self-sufficient little islands for friends and family. They are stable, fast and readily available for charter in almost every exotic location on the planet.

Since the launch of ASA’s new Cruising Catamarans Made Easy textbook there has been a lot of interest in the ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certification and a lot of our affiliate schools and our instructors are eager to start teaching sailors how to skipper a catamaran so that they can charter one on their next sailing vacation.

ASA Certified Sailors:

See the list of 93 ASA Certified Schools that offer ASA 114 Courses ⟩⟩

Are you interested in exploring the comfort, speed and stability of a beautiful cruising catamaran? Sailors need to appreciate that there is a unique art of sailing when it comes to a larger catamaran with its distinctive characteristics and operating systems. The ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certification, will take you from bowsprit to stern rail and all points in between, describing and illustrating how to sail these beamy, twin engine cruising crafts. Whether your aspirations are for chartering, owning or simply sailing on a big cat, you need to learn the differences between monohulls and catamarans and prepare yourself for the nuances of handling a cruising catamaran under sail and under power. ASA will teach you about catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response. Having completed your ASA 114 Certification you will have the confidence you need to a sail on a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Get Certified ⟩⟩

ASA Certified Instructors:

See the calendar of upcoming IQCs ⟩⟩

The most recent 214 Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC), taught by Instructor Evaluator Barry Sroka, was held at the Sunrise Sailing Academy, on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. Here is the latest group of ASA Instructors certified to teach ASA 114 – Jim Peta, Mike Pendly, Tom Samford, Kevin Murphy, and Dan Kingery. Sign up for a 214 IQC ⟩⟩

Time to Get Cruising Catamaran Certified
Left to right:
Jim Peta, Mike Pendly, Barry Sroka (Instructor Evaluator), Tom Samford, Kevin Murphy, Dan Kingery.

Cruising Catamarans Made Easy

ASA Releases Catamarans Made Easy Textbook


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.

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