SAILING is one of the few sports that can be enjoyed YEAR ROUND by the entire family. Whether you’re sailing along on a stiff breeze or anchored in a secluded cove, fishing off the stern or enjoying a moonlight cruise, there is something in sailing for everyone at every age.
SAILING IN THE DESERT may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s true. You can sail in the desert. We’re not talking about ‘Prairie Schooner’ covered wagon going to the California gold rush desert sailing. We have honest to goodness water sailing right here in the Valley of the Sun. Just northwest of Phoenix lies Lake Pleasant, a 10,000 acre man made lake held back by Waddel Dam. There are a multitude of water sports to choose from at the lake, but our personal favorite is sailing. The lake is a great place to learn to sail as the wind conditions are quite variable and give the student an opportunity to experience a wide range of shifty conditions. If you can sail on Lake Pleasant, then the ocean will be a steady breeze. We have more sunny days here than not, so weather is rarely a factor. It may be a little hot for some at times, but one can always go jump in the lake! While most other parts of the country are packing their boats up for winter, we are just starting our season here in Arizona.
The Sailboat Shop is a one stop parts and service destination for all of your sailing needs. We have been serving Arizona sailors over 25 years and are located at the Scorpion Bay Marina on the west shore of Lake Pleasant. The Sailboat Shop is a distributor of new and used boats and can provide a variety of hull, sail, and motor repairs as well as sailboat rentals to qualified sailors. We offer a Three Hour Tour sailing experience that can be either an introductory sailing lesson or just a beautiful sunset cruise on board a 25′- 30′ sloop. The Sailboat Shop is also an American Sailing Association (ASA) accredited school. If you’re looking to learn how to sail, we are the place to go. We are a certified ASA training facility and teach the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Class as well as the ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising Class and the ASA 105 Coastal Navigation. (Please see Lessons in menu above).
Whether here on vacation or a life long resident of Arizona, for a different desert experience it is hard to beat sailing. Come join us on Lake Pleasant for the unparalleled joy of gliding along silently through the water propelled only by a stiff breeze to the view of a spectacular sunset.
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
Other Services Offered
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Youth Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
- Vacation Charters
- Sunset Cruises
- Sailboat Cruises
- Racing Courses
- Sail Trim Courses
- Spinnaker Courses
|Address||10970 W. Peninsula Rd. Scorpion Bay MarinaLake PleasantAZ 85342USA|