Basic Powerboat Cruising
This 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is designed for mariners who want to learn how to safely operate a powerboat larger than 30 feet and improve their boat handling skills. This course focuses on how to responsibly operate a powered cruising vessel during daylight hours within sight of land in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. On-the-Water Sessions (make sure these topics are different than the basic course listed above or like Advanced Docking) Advanced Docking Team coordinated leaving & returning to a slip Dense harbor maneuvers Open water boat control Visual Piloting Intermediate Anchoring Securing a large vessel Classroom Sessions Liveaboard marine systems Inboard engine checks Twin screw maneuvering concepts Emergency procedures Deck Safety COLREGS Prerequisites: Safe Powerboat Handling or other proven boating resume
Wednesday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9pm
Coastal Cruising and Night Navigation Session
**The first day is from 9 am to 5 pm. The second day is from 9 am to 9 pm.** With so many great cruising locations on the Great Lakes, and beyond this Coastal Cruising course teaches how to safely venture beyond Illinois waters. The class focuses on the technical and risk management skills necessary to explore unfamiliar waters. You'll learn how to plan, prepare, and execute a multi-day cruising expedition. This 16 hour course takes place on our our CYC cruising yacht. Day one: Planning the trip Vessel inspection Fueling procedures Safety check lists Passage planning Basic chart plotting Marine forecast interpretation Day two: Execute trip plan Cruising to Racine WI, or New Buffalo MI (students choice) Open water driving Coastal piloting Chart plotting Dead reckoning GPS Storm Strategies Crew overboard recovery Once at the determined destination, students will practice anchoring and docking along with the protocol necessary to stay overnight at an unfamiliar marina. The class will then cruise back to Chicago with the ability to practice night navigation, electronics, and docking.