Cruise Abaco offers a unique opportunity for charter guests to not only enjoy the beauty of the Sea of Abaco but also learn the art of sailing through American Sailing courses. With the guidance of licensed Captain and American Sailing Certified Sailing Instructors, guests can gain several certifications during a charter trip. Throughout a typical week aboard, guests can immerse themselves in hands-on learning experiences while exploring the protected waters and outlying cays of the Sea of Abaco.
With the close proximity of the islands, guests can island hop and discover many remote and captivating locations in a short amount of time. Cruise Abaco’s “Captain by day, Bareboat by night” concept allows guests to have the best of both worlds while earning their certifications. The Captain / Instructor is with you during the day, sailing, teaching and stopping to snorkel or take in sights and explore.
Each evening leaves you safely moored, anchored or docked (your preference) and you have the privacy of the vessel to yourselves with a RIB dingy and outboard to go ashore to restaurants, beach comb, swim and explore. The following morning your Captain returns and off you go to another location and destination, each night in a different spot. Embark on a unique sailing adventure with Cruise Abaco and take the helm while learning the ropes.
With the opportunity to sign up for courses during your charter, guests can earn various certifications and gain invaluable experience at the same time.
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 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 Available
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Vacation Charters
- Sailboat Cruises
Absolutely phenomenal time sailing with Cruise Abaco. We did a 1 week charter to get our ASA certifications (101,103,104) and escape the cold weather at home. The trip was a perfect blend of learning and vacationing. All the staff were exceptional...[read more]
Justin B - Cruise Abaco Sailing School
Outstanding Sailing and ASA Courses Outstanding sailing trip. We took the Mari Ari from Port Canaveral to Marsh Harbor and enrolled in three ASA courses. The Captain did an outstanding job teaching us an allowing us all to sail the boat and do...[read more]
ctdcperez123 - Cruise Abaco Sailing School
Cruise Abaco Sailing School