Dinghies & Outboards: Cruising Essentials

Online Class


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 Presented by Lisa & Andy Batchelor, authors of “GOING ASHORE MADE EASY, The Essential Dinghy & Outboard Manual”.

Live Online Class - Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Time: 4:30 PT / 7:30 ET (90 min)

For scheduling conflicts, both sessions will be recorded for replay.
On demand viewing will be available to students 24-hours after the initial class.

Early Bird Price$79
Ends Friday Jan 28th


Full Price$39

ASA Member Price$29

Dinghies and outboards are a vital part of a sailing lifestyle. Knowing how to confidently purchase, operate and maintain a dinghy will make you a better sailor and open up opportunities ashore. This class is one that you will want to watch over and over again!

Course Description:

A dinghy and outboard combination is essential cruising gear – the dinghy is used for transportation, recreation, safety and so much more. This online class will help to navigate the choices of dinghies and outboard motors to find the best option. We’ll provide tips for safe operation and creative employment for the dinghy.  You’ll learn about dinghy security, and transit and storage on sailboats and powerboats. Finally, we’ll cover troubleshooting and care & maintenance essentials.  

This course will provide you an overview of Caribbean sailing destinations, introduce you to the top chartering options in the region, and help you decide whether to captain your own ship as a bareboat charter or sail with a hired captain (and perhaps a chef, too) onboard.

This class will benefit adults and teens who want to be Dinghy Captains, whether on their own dinghy or a chartered boat.  It’s a perfect jump start on the new ASA 116 Dinghy & Outboard endorsement.

Topics Include:

Selecting a Dinghy and Outboard

  • Dinghy types: hard shell, folding, soft inflatable, rigid inflatable
  • Outboard Motors: gasoline, propane, electric

Safe Dinghy Operations

  • Equipping – USCG and more
  • Motor connection and start
  • Embarking/Disembarking Safety
  • Underway: Forward, Reverse, Planing
  • Approaching a boat or dock
  • Beach landing and departure
  • Anchoring from bow or stern 

Creative Employment & Tips

  • Traditional Transportation
  • Utility & recreation

Transit and Storage

  • Towing
  • Hoisting to Foredeck 
  • Davits & Cranes
  • Security & Loss Prevention

Care & Maintenance

  • Inflatables & hulls
  • Outboards: components and servicing
  • Tools & Spares
  • Troubleshooting 

Recommended Prerequisites:


What’s Included:

  • Downloadable PDF
  • Note-taking Outline
  • Access to Dinghies & Outboards video playlist
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Your Instructors

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey

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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