Docking & Maneuvering for Cruising Sailboats

Learn how to master your maneuvering skills and dock like a pro in this online class for sailors of any skill level.
Have you ever spoiled a perfect sailing day by worrying about docking?  Many factors can make docking stressful, but after this online class, you’ll understand how to make those factors work to your advantage to enjoy stress-less docking and close-quarters maneuvering.
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Docking & Maneuvering - ONLINE CLASS



In this online class, Captains Andy and Lisa Batchelor will show you how to maneuver and dock your boat with ease and finesse. You will learn how to understand your boat’s unique features and how they affect its movement under power, how to evaluate the wind, current and other factors that influence your docking plan, how to communicate clearly with your crew, how to use spring lines and transits to control your boat’s position and speed, and how to apply various techniques to deal with mooring and docking challenges, from simple to complex. While the focus is on single-engine monohull sailboats, the theory and many techniques apply to all boats.

Topics Include:

  • Physical factors affecting maneuverability
  • Using propwash, propwalk and propblast
  • Impact of shaft drive vs sail drive on maneuvering
  • Single or twin rudders – why it matters
  • Understanding the variable factors
  • Effects of wind & current
  • Using transits
  • Basic tools of the trade
  • Practice drills: dockside, open water, limited space, close quarters
  • Maneuvering for moorings
  • Departing a slip
  • Docking alongside
  • Docking in a slip – bow first and stern first
  • Transient slips
  • Tips for preparation and execution

What’s Included:

  • Downloadable PDF
    • Note-taking Outline
    • Recommended practice drills and tips
  • Access to Kinetic Sailing docking videos


Andy and Lisa Batchelor

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both lifelong sailors and retired military officers. Andy served in the Royal Air Force in aviation and intelligence, and Lisa served in the US Navy in aviation, meteorology, and oceanography – a combination of skills which have proved very useful to sailing and passagemaking.

They founded and operated Sail Solomons ASA school and charter base, receiving numerous awards for ASA Outstanding School and Outstanding Instructors.  Andy and Lisa wrote ASA’s textbooks for Bareboat Cruising and Catamaran Cruising, and are the primary contributors to ASA’s Advanced Cruising and Seamanship text.

Cruising for seven years onboard their Passport 47 ZINGARO and Outbound 46 KINETIC, Andy and Lisa have made numerous coastal passages and ocean voyages, conducting cruising and passagemaking training while living aboard in exotic locations.  They also organize and lead sailing flotillas on cruising catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean.  Andy and Lisa are regular speakers at Cruisers’ University and present live webinars including the ASA Marine Weather Course.

Andy and Lisa launched Kinetic Sailing to offer marine consulting, charter brokerage, instructional yacht deliveries, and tailored instruction with a global scope. They are USCG Captains, cruisers, instructors, analysts, and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.


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All registrations include unlimited on-demand access to the recordings of the live online class. So if you are unable to attend live you can still register and watch at your leisure.


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