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How to Choose a Sailing School

By Tom Lochhaas
Sailing Expert

Do You Need a Sailing School to Learn to Sail?

When it comes to learning to sail or improving your sailing skills, what exactly are you seeking? Have you thought through your short- and long-term goals? Do you seek certification – and if so, do you really need it?
These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself before deciding what kind of sailing instruction is best for you and then seeking the best instructor or school to meet your needs.

What Are Your Sailing Goals?

There are three main reasons why people seek sailing instruction. Where you should look for a sailing school (or instructor), what kind of class you should take, and how much you’ll end up paying for it are all determined mostly by your primary goal.
I just want to learn to sail and get started, maybe some day own my own sailboat.

  • You may need only an instructor, mentor, or sailing friend – you may not need a sailing school.
  • You certainly don’t need certification to sail legally, to own or operate a boat, or even to charter a sailboat. (See below for more on certification.)
  • You don’t need to pay a lot for sailing instruction. You have many options, once you start looking around.
  • Look locally for possibilities (see below). You can learn to sail on a vacation to an exotic place, but when you return home you may lack contacts to continue sailing.

I have a sailboat but want to learn how to sail it (or sail better).

  • You probably don’t need a sailing school.
  • Look locally for a captain or willing sailor (see below).
  • A sailing school may be appropriate if you seek specific skills, such as preparing for coastal passage making or offshore cruising.

I want to be able to charter a sailboat

  • Certification is not legally required to charter, and most bareboat charter companies do not actually require certification (regardless of the hype you may hear from certificate-issuing sailing schools).
  • Charter companies are more interested in your sailing experience in a similar size sailboat than in a certificate, and sailing your own boat or crewing experience can count just as much on your sailing resume. (The charter company may simply check out your skills when you arrive.)
  • If you do not have much sailing experience and can’t get it otherwise, a certifying sailing school is an excellent way both to learn and gain significant experience to qualify for bareboat chartering.

Where to Look for Sailing Instruction

Start locally.

  • Many communities offer low-cost learn-to-sail programs. Boston and Key West are two examples where you can learn to sail and then continue sailing the center’s boats. You’ll find community sailing centers in many areas – do an online search in your area. (These are usually smaller sailboats and won’t help you gain experience for bareboat chartering.)
  • In many areas, the public school system (or an adult education program) has learn-to-sail courses, as do many private, state, and community colleges. Such courses are less expensive than private sailing schools, and you’ll make contacts with others in your area to continue sailing after the course.
  • Many yacht clubs operate learn-to-sail programs for both kids and adults, usually at a reasonable cost. Virtually all clubs have websites easily found with a local online search. Again, you’ll also meet sailors in the community, may discover a club you’ll choose to join some day, and find sailors seeking crew on their boats.
  • If your goal is to learn on your own boat or gain better sailing skills, you probably don’t need formal instruction at all. Call up your local yacht club and ask if you can post a bulletin board notice asking for help on your boat or offering to crew with others. Bartering is common – you might offer to help with an owner’s spring maintenance in return for some crewing.
  • Legally, a sailor needs a USCG captain’s license to be paid for operating a boat – including yours, if you’re hiring someone to teach you on your boat. Be sure anyone you plan to pay is qualified. But lots of friendly bartering deals are made among sailors helping each other out, so explore all the options.
  • Finally, consider the cost savings of learning locally. A two-week trip to a national sailing school will likely cost more than buying your own daysailer and learning to sail it near home – plus you’ll own a boat when you’re done!

National Sailing Schools
There are some good reasons to attend a national sailing school:

  • If you live nowhere a coast or major lake, you may have no other option. Since you’ll be paying significantly for the experience, consider the sailing school like a vacation and make sure you’ll have some fun too. Most big sailing schools offer liveaboard learning – often in tropic paradises.
  • If you really want sailing experience on a cruising size sailboat and can’t get it locally, the national schools offer courses on bigger boats. You have a wide range of choices.
  • If you don’t anticipate buying your own boat and chartering is your only option, taking a course leading to bareboat certification is likely the fastest way to reach your goal.
  • If you have your own cruising sailboat but feel you lack the skills needed to head offshore or on a long cruise, consider local options first. (Sailing schools are a relatively new phenomenon, sailors having learned on their own or with friends for hundreds of years.) If you have no other option, or just want the vacation, take an advanced course that meets your exact needs.

Do you need certification? What kind of course? Big or small school?

  • Again, certification is not legally required, though it may help convince some bareboat charter companies that you have sufficient experience. Don’t pay more for a program offering certification unless you really have a reason. The two certifying bodies are US Sailing and the American Sailing Association.
  • US SAILING is sailing “governing body” – which refers to racing, since recreational sailing is regulated only by state and federal law. Sailing schools associated with US Sailing often offer performance sailing instruction but also standard cruising courses.
  • The American Sailing Association developed standardized criteria to ensure the quality of recreational sailing instruction, a system they say is used by over 300 schools.
  • Both US SAILING and American Sailing Association have 7 levels of courses and certification. Both are associated in varying extents with charter companies. When choosing a sailing school, it is best to choose it on the basis of its specific services, reputation, and cost – not based on which type of certification it has.

Making Your Selection of a Sailing School
Start at the US SAILING and American Sailing Association websites, both of which link to associated sailing schools by area of search.
Before contacting or evaluating individual schools, decide first exactly what kind of course you want to meet your personal goals. Both websites have information about their basic 7 levels of instruction, from beginner to advanced and specialized courses. Many schools have additional areas of specialization.
Consider your options. Want to live aboard while learning? Want luxurious land facilities for after hours? Want to anchor off Caribbean islands? Virtually anything is possible with many sailing schools that offer customized instruction.
Consider the school’s reputation. Being associated with US SAILING or American Sailing Association means the instruction will be good, but the total experience matters as well. Two of the big sailing schools with outstanding reputations are the Blue Water Sailing School and Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School.
Smaller and regional sailing schools may offer just as good an experience, however, and sometimes less expensively. Just check them out before signing up. Pick up the phone and talk to them, and do some online searches to see if anyone has reviewed them badly. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them, and for what you’re paying, you really want to ensure you have a great time as well as learn to sail.
When learning to sail, it’s important also to learn and use the correct terms for different parts of the boat and for sailing maneuvers. Before starting your sailing course, it’s a good idea to review basic sailboat terminology and the terms involved in sailing itself.
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Finding a Sailing School

American Sailing Association affiliated sailing schools now graduate and certify thousands of new sailors annually – sailors who learn faster, learn more and have more fun sailing in more new places. They choose ASA schools because they want to follow a proven curriculum in a professional, supportive learning environment under the direction of certified sailing instructors.
There are more than 300 ASA sailing schools across the United States as well as schools across the far east, Canada, the Caribbean and many other popular sailing locales.
Find an American Sailing Association affiliated sailing school at ASA Website.
US SAILING is sailing “governing body” – which refers to racing, since recreational sailing is regulated only by state and federal law. Sailing schools associated with US Sailing often offer performance sailing instruction but also standard cruising courses.
As the National Governing Body for Sailing in the US, US Sailing does not extend accreditation lightly. All schools in our Keelboat Certification Network undergo a full evaluation to ensure that they meet the high standards of US Sailing. Taking lessons from a US Sailing school will prepare you to meet your goals, regardless if you’re just starting out or have dreams of cruising offshore.
While the level of education, and skills learned, are consistent across the Network, schools offer a variety of scheduling opportunities to meet your needs so please be sure to connect with schools in your area directly.
Find a  affiliated sailing school at US Sailing Website.


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British Columbia
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Manitoba
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ MB‚ CAN
New Brunswick
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NB‚ CAN
Newfoundland & Labrador
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NL‚ CAN
Nova Scotia
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NS‚ CAN
Ontario
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ ON‚ CAN
Prince Edward Island
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ PE‚ CAN
Quebec
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ QC‚ CAN
Saskatchewan
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ SK‚ CAN
Canada Territory: Northwest Territories
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NT‚ CAN
Canada Territory: Nunavut
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NU‚ CAN
Canada Territory: Yukon
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ YT‚ CAN
UNITED KINGDOM:
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ Ξ‚ GBR
England
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ EN‚ GBR
Scotland
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ SL‚ GBR
Wales
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ WL‚ GBR
UK Territory: Northern Ireland
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NI‚ GBR
UNITED STATES:
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ Ξ‚ USA
US Federal District of Columbia
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) Washington‚ DC‚ USA
Alabama
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ AL‚ USA
Alaska
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ AK‚ USA
Arizona
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ AZ‚ USA
Arkansas
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ AR‚ USA
California
Afterguard Sailing Academy Oakland‚ CA‚ USA
Blue Pacific Boating Marina Del Rey‚ CA‚ USA
Delta Sailing School Isleton‚ CA‚ USA
Marina Sailing Long Beach‚ CA‚ USA
Monterey Bay Sailing School Monterey‚ CA‚ USA
Newport Beach Sailing School Newport Beach‚ CA‚ USA
Pacific Yachting & Sailing Santa Cruz‚ CA‚ USA
South Bay Sailing Redondo Beach‚ CA‚ USA
Spinnaker Sailing School Redwood City‚ CA‚ USA
Tradewinds Sailing School and Club Richmond‚ CA‚ USA
Colorado
Victoria Sailing School Denver‚ CO‚ USA
Connecticut
American Sailing Academy New London‚ CT‚ USA
Delaware
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ DE‚ USA
Florida
Flagship Sailing School St. Petersburg & Ruskin‚ FL‚ USA
Florida Sailing & Cruising School North Fort Myers‚ FL‚ USA
Offshore Sailing School Fort Myers‚ FL‚ USA
Reef Runner Sailing School Panama City & Key Largo‚ FL‚ USA
Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School Saint Petersburg‚ FL‚ USA
Windward Sailing School Fernandina Beach‚ FL‚ USA
Georgia
Lanier Sailing Academy Lake Lanier- Buford‚ GA‚ USA
Windsong Sailing Academy Hoschton‚ GA‚ USA
Hawaii
Honolulu Sailing Company Honolulu‚ HI‚ USA
Idaho
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ ID‚ USA
Illinois
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ IL‚ USA
Indiana
Pinnacle Yachts Chicago‚ IL‚ USA
Iowa
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ IA‚ USA
Kansas
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ KS‚ USA
Kentucky
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ KY‚ USA
Louisiana
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ LA‚ USA
Maine
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ ME‚ USA
Maryland
Baysail On The Chesapeake Havre De Grace‚ MD‚ USA
Sail Solomons Solomons‚ MD‚ USA
Sail Time Annapolis and Other Locations‚ MD‚ USA
Massachusetts
Black Rock Sailing School Boston‚ MA‚ USA
Sail Buzzards Bay Fairhaven Harbor‚ MA‚ USA
Michigan
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ MI‚ USA
Minnesota
Northern Breezes Sailing School Minneapolis‚ MN‚ USA
Mississippi
North Star Sailing Academy Biloxi‚ MS‚ USA
Missouri
Ozark Yacht Club Sailing School Lake Ozark‚ MO‚ USA
St. Louis Sailing School Earth City‚ MO‚ USA
Montana
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ MT‚ USA
Nebraska
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NE‚ USA
Nevada
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NV‚ USA
New Hampshire
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NH‚ USA
New Jersey
Nelson Sailing Center Island Heights‚ NJ‚ USA
New Jersey Sailing School Bricktown‚ NJ‚ USA
Tracey Sailing School Keyport‚ NJ‚ USA
New Mexico
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NM‚ USA
New York
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ NY‚ USA
North Carolina
Priority Sailing Southport‚ NC‚ USA
North Dakota
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ ND‚ USA
Ohio
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ OH‚ USA
Oklahoma
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ OK‚ USA
Oregon
Passion Yachts Portland‚ OR‚ USA
Portland Sailing Center Portland‚ OR‚ USA
Pennsylvania
Liberty Sailing School Philadelphia‚ PA‚ USA
Nockamixon Sailing School Philadelphia‚ PA‚ USA
Rhode Island
Narragansett Sailing School Bristol and Barrington‚ RI‚ USA
South Carolina
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ SC‚ USA
South Dakota
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ SD‚ USA
Tennessee
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ TN‚ USA
Texas
Lets Go Sailing School Seabrook‚ TX‚ USA
Nautic Sailing School Kemah‚ TX‚ USA
North Texas Sailing School Heath‚ TX‚ USA
Utah
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ UT‚ USA
Vermont
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ VT‚ USA
Virginia
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ VA‚ USA
Washington
Puget Sound Sailing Institute Tacoma‚ WA‚ USA
West Virginia
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ WV‚ USA
Wisconsin
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ WI‚ USA
Wyoming
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ WY‚ USA
US Territory: American Samoa
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ AS‚ USA
US Territory: Guam
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ GU‚ USA
US Territory: Northern Mariana Islands
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ MP‚ USA
US Territory: Pueto Rico
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ PR‚ USA
US Territory: US Virgin Islands
ΞVendorΞ (ΞNotesΞ) ΞCityΞ‚ VI‚ USA

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Southwest Florida Yachts, located at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral, Florida, has been offering charters and boat handling/cruising instruction for 37 years. The three-day Basic Powerboat Handling course is $1,295 to $1,695 per person plus fuel, tip, and food. Other courses include Inland Powerboat Cruising (three days), a combo class of Basic Handling & Inland Cruising (six days), and Offshore Powerboat Cruising (eight days).

Sailing courses run $595 to $1,295 per person, and include Basic Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, Advanced Coastal Cruising, and Cruising Catamaran. Individual courses run two to three days; combination courses are three to 10. For all courses, you live aboard, provision yourself, and provide daily lunch for the captain. The closest airport is Fort Myers. Visit swfyachts.com for information.


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Alcyone Sail Training Program (Port Townsend) –
Anacortes Yacht Charters – Yacht & (ASA) Sailing School
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Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters >Bellhaven (Bellingham) – YB, Charter, SS, PBT
Bellingham Yacht Charters & Sailing School –
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Center for Wooden Boats (Seattle) – www.cwb.org
Discovery Sailing School (Seattle) –
Elliott Bay Yachting Center (Seattle) –
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Footloose Sailing Association Inc (Mercer Island) – Disabled SS – SC
Gato Verde Adventure Sailing (Bellingham) –
Gig Harbor Sailing Club & School, LLC – (253) 858-3626
Gig Harbor Sailing School – www.gigharborsailing.com
Green Lake Small Craft Center (Seattle) –
Island Sailing School (Kirkalnd) –
Kitsap Sailing School (Bremerton)
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Mahina Tiare Sailing Expeditions (Friday Harbor) –
Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (Seattle) – www.seattle.gov
Neptune Sailing Club (Kirkland) – www.neptunesailing.org
Neptune Sailing School (Kirkland) –
Olympia Yacht Club Junior Sailing –
On-Water Training (Seattle) – Telephone: 206-282-3800
Orcas Sailing (Friday Harbor) –
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Puget Sound Sailing (Seattle) –
Puget Sound Sailing Institute (Tacoma) – www.pugetsoundsailing.com
Renton Sailing Club –
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Sail Express (Everett) –
Sail Northwest Sailing School (Bellingham) – sailnw.com
Sail Northwest Charters (Anacortes) – (707) 245-7490
Sail Sand Point (Seattle) – www.sailsandpoint.org
Sail Sport Inc (Seattle) –
Sailing in Seattle (Point Hudson) –
Sailing Through School (Seattle)
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San Juan Sailing (Bellingham) – www.sanjuansailing.com
San Juan Yachting (Bellingham) –
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Schooner Martha Foundation (Seattle) –
Seattle Boat Share
Seattle Sailing Club (Seattle) – www.seattlesailing.com
Tethys Offshore Sailing For Women (Seattle) –
Wahoo Adventures (Hansville) –
Windworks Sailing and Powerboating (Shileshole Bay Marina, Seattle) – windworkssailing.com
Wind, Women & Sail (Seattle) –
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Alcyone Sail Training Program (Port Townsend)
Anacortes Yacht Charters – Yacht & Sailing (ASA) School
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters (Bellingham)
Center For Wooden Boats (Seattle)
Discovery Sailing School (Seattle)
Elliott Bay Yachting Center (Seattle)
Footloose Sailing Association Inc (Mercer Island) – Disabled SS, SC
Gato Verde Adventure Sailing (Bellingham)
Gig Harbor Sailing Club & School
Green Lake Small Craft Center (Seattle)
Island Sailing School (Kirkalnd, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Portland)
Kitsap Sailing School (Bremerton) – OoB?
Mahina Tiare Sailing Expeditions (Friday Harbor)
Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (Seattle)
Neptune Sailing Club (Kirkland)
Neptune Sailing School (Kirkland) –
Olympia Yacht Club Junior Sailing –
On-Water Training (Seattle) – Telephone: 206-282-3800
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Orcasong Youth Seamanship Program (Port Angeles) –
Poulsbo Yacht Club Junior Sailing –
Poulsbo/North Kitsap Community Sailing Program –
Puget Sound Sailing (Seattle) –
Puget Sound Sailing Institute (Tacoma) – www.pugetsoundsailing.com
Renton Sailing Club –
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Sail Express (Everett) –
Sail Northwest Sailing School (Bellingham) – sailnw.com
Sail Northwest Charters (Anacortes) – (707) 245-7490
Sail Sand Point (Seattle) – www.sailsandpoint.org
Sail Sport Inc (Seattle) –
Sailing in Seattle (Point Hudson) –
Sailing Through School (Seattle)
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San Juan Sailing (Bellingham) – www.sanjuansailing.com
San Juan Yachting (Bellingham) –
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Schooner Martha Foundation (Seattle) –
Seattle Boat Share
Seattle Sailing Club (Seattle) – www.seattlesailing.com
Sound Experience – Adventurous (Port Townsend) –
Tethys Offshore Sailing For Women (Seattle) –
Wahoo Adventures (Hansville) –
Windworks Sailing and Powerboating (Shileshole Bay Marina, Seattle) – windworkssailing.com
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02 – BOAT BUILDING‚ OUTFITTING‚ REFITTING & REPAIR: Materials‚ Equipment‚ Builders‚+. T
03 – BOAT MARKETING: Boat Shows‚ Dealers‚ Brokers‚ Importing‚ Exporting‚ Auctions‚ Sales‚+. T
04 – BOAT INSPECTION: Types of Surveys‚ Marine Surveyors‚ Schools‚ DIY Inspections‚+. T
05 – BOAT TITLES & VESSEL REGISTRY: Boat Title & Registration‚ Vessel Registry‚ Title Co's‚+. T
06 – BOAT FINANCING: Conventional (BanksCredit Unions‚+)‚ Unconventional (Creative)‚+. T
07 – BOAT INSURANCE: Policies‚ Claim Processing (FilingRepairClaimSubrogationCases)‚+. T
08 – BOAT TRANSPORT: By Sea (Piggyback‚ Delivery Skippers & Crews‚ & Towing)‚ Over-Land‚+. T
09 – BOAT LAUNCHING & HAULING: Drydocks‚ Ways‚ Lifts‚ Cranes & Hoists‚ Launch Ramps‚+. T
10 – BOAT MOORAGE & STORAGE: Builders‚ Anchorages‚ Marinas‚ Yards‚ Racks‚ Stacks‚+. T
11 – BOATING ORGANIZATIONS: Yacht Clubs‚ Paddling Clubs‚ Owners‚+. Education‚ Gov-Aux‚+. T
12 – BOATING & TRAVEL: Events‚ Destinations‚ Boat Rentals‚ Charters‚ Cruises‚ Voyages‚+. T
13 – BOATING & MARITIME EDUCATION: (Operator Qualification‚+). D
13.01 – Recreational Boating Seamanship Training: T
13.01.01 – Boating Safety Classes by Country: (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Cards‚+). TD
13.01.02 – Seamanship Schools by Country: D
13.01.03 – Sailing Schools by Country: D
13.01.04 – One-On-One Training by Country: D
13.02 – Maritime Schools by Country: (Ship's Master‚ Crew‚+). TD
13.03 – Boating Safety: (Accidents‚ Prevention‚ Man-Overboard‚ Search & Rescue‚+). T
14 – MARINE LAWS & REGULATIONS: International & National LawsLawyers‚ Investigators‚+. T
15 – DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY): Boat Building & Refitting‚ Boat Sales‚ Boat Inspections‚ Classes‚+. T
16 – MEDIA w/Creator Directory: (Authors‚ Editors‚ Publishers‚+) + Academy eLibrary. TD
16.01 – Documentation: (Catalogs‚ Ads‚ SpecSheets‚ Manuals‚ TechVids‚ Bulletins‚ Recalls‚+). D
16.02 – Books: (Bound‚ eBooks‚+). D
16.02 –  ^  7 Steps to Successful Boat DockingCapts Ronald & Katherine Glampletro Redmond B
16.02 –  ^  American Merchant Seaman's Manual : For SeamenSeamen? B
16.02 –  ^  Anchoring : All Techniques for All BottomsDon Bamford B
16.02 –  ^  Anchors : Selection and UseRobert Smith B
16.02 –  ^  Ashley Book of KnotsClifford W. Ashley B
16.02 –  ^  Bluewater Handbook : A Guide to Cruising SeamanshipSteve & Linda Dashew B
16.02 –  ^  Boating 101 : Essential Lessons for BoatersRoger H. Siminoff B
16.02 –  ^  Boating EtiquetteQueene Hooper & Pat Piper B
16.02 –  ^  Boating Skills and SeamanshipUnited States B
16.02 –  ^  Boatman's Handbook : The New Look-it-up BookTom Bottomley B
16.02 –  ^  Boatowner's Fitting Out ManualJeff Toghill B
16.02 –  ^  Boatowner's Practical & Technical Cruising ManualNigel Calder B
16.02 –  ^  Book of NavigationTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Chapman KnotsBrion Toss B
16.02 –  ^  Chapman Knots for BoatersBrion Toss B
16.02 –  ^  Chapman : Practical Boat HandlingGregory O. Jones B
16.02 –  ^  Chapman Piloting & SeamanshipCharles F. Chapman B
16.02 –  ^  Day Skipper for Sail & PowerAlison Noice B
16.02 –  ^  ^  Day Skipper Exercises for Sail & PowerAlison Noice B
16.02 –  ^  DDDB : Drag Device Data Base — Victor Shane B
16.02 –  ^  DockmanshipDavid Owen Bell B
16.02 –  ^  Essential Boating for TeensLuke Thompson B
16.02 –  ^  Fast Track to CruisingSteve & Doris Colgate B
16.02 –  ^  Get Your Captain's LicenseCharlie Wing B
16.02 –  ^  Getting Started in PowerboatingCaptain Bob Armstrong B
16.02 –  ^  Go Dinghy Sailing — ? B
16.02 –  ^  GPS AfloatTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Handbook For Marine Radio CommunicationG.D. Lees & W.G. Williamson B
16.02 –  ^  Handling Troubles Afloat : What to Do When It All Goes WrongJohn Mellor B
16.02 –  ^  Handyman Afloat & AshoreKen Bramham B
16.02 –  ^  How Boat Things Work : An Illustrated GuideCharlie Wing B
16.02 –  ^  How to Be A First-Rate First Mate : A Sailing Guide for WomenGloria Sloane B
16.02 –  ^  How to Read a Nautical ChartNigel Calder B
16.02 –  ^  Kayaking‚ Canoeing‚ Rowing‚ and YachtingChristin Ditchfield B
16.02 –  ^  Knots (Chapman’s Nautical Guides)Brion Toss B
16.02 –  ^  Know Your Boat's Diesel EngineAndrew Simpson B
16.02 –  ^  Lightning and BoatsMichael v Huck Jr B
16.02 –  ^  Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under PowerGrant Headifen B
16.02 –  ^  Marine Fire Prevention‚ Firefighting and Fire SafetyUS DoC MA B
16.02 –  ^  MotorboatingBoy Scouts of America B
16.02 –  ^  Nautical Knots IllustratedPaul Snyder B
16.02 –  ^  Navigation at Speed (Motor Boating)Tim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  New American Practical NavigatorNathaniel Bowditch B
16.02 –  ^  New Complete Sailing ManualSteve Sleight B
16.02 –  ^  One Hand For Yourself‚ One For The ShipTristan Jones B
16.02 –  ^  Piloting: Seamanship and Small Boat HandlingCharles F. Chapman B
16.02 –  ^  Powerboat Handling IllustratedRobert 'Bob' J. Sweet B
16.02 –  ^  Practical Boat Handling : For Every SituationGregory O. Jones B
16.02 –  ^  Practical Kayaking — ? B
16.02 –  ^  Practical Motor Boat Handling : Seamanship & PilotingC. F. Chapman B
16.02 –  ^  Radar AfloatTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Radar for Small CraftTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Reeds Knot HandbookJim Whippy B
16.02 –  ^  Rough Weather Seamanship for Sail and PowerRoger Marshall B
16.02 –  ^  Royce's Powerboating IllistratedRoyce B
16.02 –  ^  Royce's Sailing Illustrated : Tall Ship EditionPatrick M. Royce B
16.02 –  ^  RYA Astro Navigation HandbookTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  RYA Book of KnotsPeter Owen B
16.02 –  ^  RYA Book of NavigationTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  RYA Book of the International certificate of CompetenceBill Anderson B
16.02 –  ^  RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at SeaTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  RYA Navigation HandbookTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  RYA One-day Radar Course : Questions and AnswersRoyal Yachting Association B
16.02 –  ^  RYA VHF Handbook : The RYA'S Complete Guide to SRCTim Bartlett & Alison Noyce B
16.02 –  ^  Sail PerformanceCzeslaw A. Marchaj B
16.02 –  ^  Sail Power : The Complete Guide to Sails and Sail HandlingWallace Ross B
16.02 –  ^  Sail Tall ShipsAmerican Sail Training Assoc B
16.02 –  ^  Sailing for DummiesJ J & Peter Isler B
16.02 –  ^  Sailing Skills and SeamanshipUSCG Auxiliary B
16.02 –  ^  Sailor's Assistant : Reference Data for Maintenance‚ Repair & CruisingJohn Vigor B
16.02 –  ^  Sailors' Secrets : Advice From The MastersMichael Badham & Robby Robinson B
16.02 –  ^  SeaworthinessCzeslaw A. Marchaj B
16.02 –  ^  Seaworthy: Essential Lessons from BoatUS — Robert A. Adriance – BoatU.S. B
16.02 –  ^  Self-Steering Without a WindvaneLee Woas B
16.02 –  ^  Ships & Boats : Sail‚ Navigation‚ Radar‚ Anchor‚ Keel …Chris Oxlade B
16.02 –  ^  Skipper vs CrewTim Davison B
16.02 –  ^  Small Boat Guide to Electronics AfloatTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Small-Boat Seamanship ManualRichard Aarons (Ed) B
16.02 –  ^  Small Craft RadarJohn French B
16.02 –  ^  Stability and Trim for the Ship's OfficerWilliam E. George (Ed) B
16.02 –  ^  The Adlard Coles Book of Electronic NavigationTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  ^  The Adlard Coles Book of Navigation ExercisesAlison Noice & James Stevens B
16.02 –  ^  The American Practical NavigatorBowditch B
16.02 –  ^  The Art and Science of SailsTom Whidden‚ & Michael Levit B
16.02 –  ^  The Art of RiggingGeorge Biddlecombe B
16.02 –  ^  The Barefoot NavigatorJack Lagan B
16.02 –  ^  The Boating Bible : An Essential Handbook for Every SailorJim Murrant B
16.02 –  ^  The Complete Anchoring HandbookAlain Poiraud+ B
16.02 –  ^  The Complete Guide to Sailing and SeamanshipTwain Braden B
16.02 –  ^  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Boating and SailingFrank Sargeant B
16.02 –  ^  The Complete Rigger’s ApprenticeBrion Toss B
16.02 –  ^  The Complete Sailing ManualSteve Sleight B
16.02 –  ^  The Elements of SeamanshipRoger C. Taylor B
16.02 –  ^  The Fisherman's Boating BookBob Stearns B
16.02 –  ^  The One-Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the RoadCharlie Wing B
16.02 –  ^  The Weekend Captain's Guide to Basic BoatingCapt. Jeffrey Caso B
16.02 –  ^  The Weekend Navigator : … Navigation with GPS and ElectronicsRobert J. Sweet B
16.02 –  ^  The Young Sea Officer's Sheet AnchorDarcy Lever B
16.02 –  ^  Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started SailingJohn Vigor B
16.02 –  ^  Titanic : Voices From the DisasterDeborah Hopkinson B
16.02 –  ^  Understanding NavigationTim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Vessel Safety ManualEPA B
16.02 –  ^  Watersports Safety and Emergency First AidChristopher Van Tilburg‚ MD B
16.02 –  ^  Weather Companion (Practical Companions)Tim Bartlett B
16.02 –  ^  Yachtmaster for Sail & PowerAlison Noice B
16.02 –  ^  ^  Yachtmaster Exercises for Sail & PowerAlison Noice B
16.03 – Magazines: (Incl. Articles‚ Back Issues‚+). D
16.03 –  ^  The ANCHOR — Anchors Aweigh Academy M
16.03 –  ^  DIY Boat Owner - The Marine Maintenance MagazineBoatUS Mad Mariner (OoB) M
16.04 – Videos: (How-to-Tutorials‚ Documentaries‚ Travelogues‚+). D
16.05 – Websites: (Incl. Articles‚ Forum Posts‚ Tech Tips‚ Tech Notes‚ Social Media‚+). D
16.05 –  ^  Anchors Aweigh Academy W

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