Cruising Readiness

4-Part Online Class

Learn in-depth practical knowledge of extended cruising in this 4-part course

Live Online Class - February 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 2023 
Time: 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET
For scheduling conflicts, all sessions will be recorded for replay.
On demand viewing will be available to students 24-hours after the live class.

Cruising Readiness Online Class
Complete 4-Part Bundle
Regular Price
$119
ASA Member Price
$99
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Have you ever dreamt of cruising, but didn’t know where to start? Planning on becoming a full time liveaboard?  This class will gear you up for what’s ahead. Already out there doing it? Sharpen your knowledge from the experts with this 4-part deep dive into the cruising lifestyle, what it takes, and knowledge to keep you better prepared for your next voyage.

Course Description

Cruising and living onboard for extended periods present unique opportunities for cruisers. Preparing yourself and your boat for the cruising lifestyle can be an exciting yet confusing prospect. Lisa and Andy Batchelor share their wealth of sailing and cruising knowledge in this interactive and comprehensive webinar series to demystify, inform and inspire.

Lisa and Andy are ASA Master Instructors and the writers of numerous ASA cruising textbooks. They are the primary contributors to the ASA 106 Advanced Cruising & Seamanship text. 

Whether you are an aspiring cruiser, a weekend cruiser or you plan to someday embark on a circumnavigation, this webinar series is designed to provide the knowledge to plan, prepare for and successfully execute your cruising dreams. The series includes wide-ranging topics that will enable you to operate smoothly and safely. 

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Session Breakdown

February 8th, 2023

Finding your cruising “Why”
  • Why, How, What
  • Timing & Budget
  • Knowledge & Skills Development
  • Meeting the challenges
  • Tips: Roles, safety, health & well-being, timelines
Boat Selection
  • Principles & Constraints
  • Features
  • Driving factors
  • New vs Old

February 9th, 2023

Outfitting for Cruisers
  • Power Management
  • Electronics
  • Communications Gear
  • Safety Gear
  • Selecting Dinghy and Outboard
Departure Preparation
  • Principles
  • Focus areas: mechanical, rigging , steering, systems

February 15th, 2023

Sailpower for Cruisers
  • Cruising rigs
  • Mainsail types & trim
  • Headsail choices & trim
  • Balanced sail plan
  • Heavy weather
  • Downwind/ Reaching sails
Provisioning for Cruisers
  • Goals & constraints
  • Passagemaking
  • Cruising

February 16th, 2023

Passagemaking
  • Preparation
  • Watchkeeping
  • Night Sailing
  • Situational Awareness & Orientation
  • Collision avoidance
Navigation and Weather Planning for Passages
  • Methodology
  • Charting basics
  • Tides & currents
  • Marine Weather – parameters, sources, formats
  • Inland and Coastal considerations
  • Routing and course shaping

Your InstructorS

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both life-long 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. Their most recent book is “Going Ashore Made Easy, The Essential Dinghy & Outboard Manual.”

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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