OCSC Sailing School

Bareboat Cruising

Description/Overview | Topics Covered | What's Included | Course Schedule

OCSC's Learn-to-Bareboat Charter course

OCSC's "Learn-to-Bareboat Charter" course

Bareboat Cruising is intended for those with a US Sailing Basic Cruising certification or equivalent skills. We teach this course aboard 30' to 40' yachts fully-equipped for bareboat charters. Bareboat Cruising is designed for sailors looking to develop skills on larger boats and on longer bareboat charters. You'll learn all the skills you need for chartering these yachts on San Francisco Bay as well as in any of the popular chartering locations worldwide, from Tahiti to Turkey, Australia to the Caribbean.

We limit the classes to four students and one instructor per boat. The curriculum consists of 39 hours of instruction (45 hours in the week-long option), including the Navigation III and Seamanship III study halls. The course also includes an overnight stay at an anchorage inside the Bay.

Successful completion prepares you to:

  • Charter boats in the 30-40' range anywhere in the world with confidence.
  • US Sailing members will receive the US Sailing Bareboat Cruising certification.

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Class Information

Cost:

  • Member: $1,421.25
  • Retail: $1,895

# of students:

  • Four maximum

Boat:

Formats:

  • Four-day option
    Two weekends
    10 am - 5 pm first weekend.
    Overnight on second weekend.

  • Five-day option
    BBC Week
    Mon-Fri
    10 am - 5 pm each day (Wednesday night is an overnight.)

Seminars Included:

Prerequisites:

Basic Cruising certification or equivalent experience. *


Good to know:

  • You'll get more out of our Bareboat Cruising Course and have more fun if you've supplemented your earlier training with experience as skipper. The course is designed for people with prior sailing experience as the skipper in charge.
  • Our Bareboat Cruising course is the most comprehensive and challenging in the US. We fully expect all of our students to require additional coaching and practice after their first two weekends. We provide and cover the cost of as many as five sessions as you need to fully 'own' all the necessary skills for being a competent cruising sailor on San Francisco Bay and around the country. These three-hour sailing sessions are targeted to your level to ensure you make as much progress as possible each time you come back (see how to qualify for the Guarantee). The average number of reviews for BBC graduates is four -- that's an additional 12 hours of training on us! *
  • OCSC members qualify for our Bareboat Cruising guarantee by chartering ten (10) full days on our boats under 30 feet prior to taking the course.
  • At the point you and your instructor feel your skills are where we promised they would be, we have you take a practical evaluation to be sure we have completely done our job. Like the reviews, practical evaluations can be done multiple times without charge under our guarantee.

Completion of this course makes the following available to you: Advanced Bareboat Cruising, Night Sailing, Catamaran Course, Coastal Navigation, Coastal Passagemaking*, Asymmetrical Spinnaker 101B (J/105 course), and more...

Topics Covered

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Here are some of the skills you'll learn in our Bareboat Cruising course:

  • Cruise planning: Proper provisioning techniques, planning destinations within a safe distance, choosing anchorages for their protection and holding ground, dealing with customs in foreign ports.
  • Wheel steering: Learning how to exploit the mechanical advantage of the wheel while learning to anticipate less feel than the rudder.
  • Diesel engines: Operation, care, troubleshooting, diesel engine theory, fuel/air/compression partnership.
  • Electrical instruments: Depth sounder, knot meter, VHF radio and more.
  • Close quarters maneuvering: Operate in narrow slip ways with confidence and control in any wind conditions
  • Prop walk: Learn what it is, how it complicates backing up and how to use it to your advantage.
  • Windage: Manage the increased profile a bigger yacht presents to the wind while maneuvering in close quarters.
  • Handling emergencies: Learn the additional emergencies that pop up in a long bareboat charter cruise and how to prevent, respond to and recover from them.
  • Advanced navigation: Using the Coast Pilot and cruising guides, evaluating hazards to navigation in exotic or unfamiliar locales, planning longer distance cruises, keeping a log.
  • Current sailing: Plot courses and plan cruises factoring in the time, direction and strength of currents as well as the ‘safe water’ issues in tidal areas.
  • Weather forecasting: Ensure that you are prepared for your entire charter to keep your crew and yacht safe and comfortable regardless of what Mother Nature intends. Long term forecasts, reading the sky, anticipating wind and sea states and directions.
  • Spring and warp lines: Learn how to control larger yachts in and out of the dock when they are too big to simply push.
  • Dinghy handling: Dinghies are a great asset for cruising sailors as long as they know the secrets of towing, boarding and disembarking.
  • Roller furling: Learn how to benefit from one of the greatest conveniences in yachts in the last 50 years along with secrets on preventing a jam or working up a sweat furling it while in a big blow.
  • Emergency tiller use: All sailors will lose their steering someday. Learn how to use and how to manage the limitations of emergency tillers.
  • Preventative maintenance: Learn to keep the major equipment in good shape, protect sails from UV, check critical fluids in the engine and much more.

What's Included

Your Bareboat Cruising package includes the following:


Experience on a performance cruiser

The first part of the Bareboat Cruising class is taught aboard 30-32' boats, and the second part, including the overnight, aboard a 35-40-foot yacht. The yachts are late-model performance cruisers and include the most popular charter models you are likely to find when you bareboat charter. Click here to find out more about OCSC's fleet.

Personal attention

You get more instruction and personal attention than in any other sailing program. You learn in a supportive environment with others of equal ability. We limit the classes to four students and one instructor per boat, the smallest student to instructor ratio you'll find in any commercial sailing school. In addition, the curriculum is more thorough than any you'll find anywhere: 39 hours of instruction (45 hours in the week-long option), including six hours of study halls in Navigation and Seamanship.

Textbook, binder, and manual

Included with the class are a US Sailing Bareboat Cruising textbook, an OCSC Bareboat Cruising manual, and a binder to keep all your materials in one place.

Additional seminars included:

Bareboat Cruising also includes two study halls: Navigation III and Seamanship III. Nav III is taught on Monday evening, and Sea III is taught on Tuesday evening the week of the five-day Bareboat Cruising class. Each study hall is three hours and covers aspects of sailing vital safe boating. Subjects covered include topics such as advanced plotting problems, cruise planning, and more. These are not required but are included with your course.

Free use of spray gear and flotation device

OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area that provides you with waterproof gear to make sure you stay dry and comfortable while learning without having to add a few hundred dollars in gear to the expense of learning to sail. In any course you take here, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard- approved personal flotation device.

Guaranteed certification

The challenges of sailing in the Bay require a high level of competence, and not everyone learns at the same pace. Most students who take our Bareboat Cruising class need additional on-the-water training beyond the class to meet our standards. When you purchase OCSC's Bareboat Cruising package, we will provide you with with up to five additional coaching sessions at no cost, if taken within 60 days from the start of the class.

In order to qualify for the guaranteed certification: 1) you must be a member, 2) you must be OCSC Basic Cruising certified and 3) have chartered a boat from OCSC as a skipper for at least ten (10) full days. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Every day lunch and provisions for the overnight cruise

Lunch is not included. However, we do provision the boat in preparation for your overnight so you learn how to manage food during a charter, from properly stowing provisions to preparing meals aboard using the tools on board a charter boat

Prerequisites

Entrance into Bareboat Cruising requires a Basic Cruising certification from OCSC or equivalent experience. In order to qualify for the guaranteed certification, you must be certified by OCSC in Basic Cruising and have chartered a boat from OCSC as skipper for at least seven (7) full days.

Experienced sailors can challenge the Basic Cruising test. Sailors with prior experience who want to enter into OCSC's program at this level are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with a club manager.

Schedule

Availability


April 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Sat, 29th 9:00am Day 3

May 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Sat, 6th 10:00am Day 1
  2. Sun, 7th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Sat, 13th 9:00am Day 3
  4. Mon, 15th 10:00am Day 1
  5. Tue, 16th 10:00am Day 2
  6. Wed, 17th 9:00am Day 3
  7. Fri, 19th 10:00am Day 4

June 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Sat, 3rd 10:00am Day 1
  2. Sun, 4th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Sat, 10th 9:00am Day 3
  4. Mon, 12th 10:00am Day 1
  5. Tue, 13th 10:00am Day 2
  6. Wed, 14th 9:00am Day 3
  7. Fri, 16th 10:00am Day 4
  8. Sat, 24th 10:00am Day 1
  9. Sun, 25th 10:00am Day 2

July 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Sat, 1st 9:00am Day 3
  2. Mon, 10th 10:00am Day 1
  3. Tue, 11th 10:00am Day 2
  4. Wed, 12th 9:00am Day 3
  5. Fri, 14th 10:00am Day 4
  6. Sat, 22nd 10:00am Day 1
  7. Sun, 23rd 10:00am Day 2
  8. Sat, 29th 9:00am Day 3

August 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Mon, 7th 10:00am Day 1
  2. Tue, 8th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Wed, 9th 9:00am Day 3
  4. Fri, 11th 10:00am Day 4
  5. Sat, 12th 10:00am Day 1
  6. Sun, 13th 10:00am Day 2
  7. Sat, 19th 9:00am Day 3

September 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Mon, 4th 10:00am Day 1
  2. Tue, 5th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Wed, 6th 9:00am Day 3
  4. Fri, 8th 10:00am Day 4
  5. Sat, 9th 10:00am Day 1
  6. Sun, 10th 10:00am Day 2
  7. Sat, 16th 9:00am Day 3

October 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Sat, 14th 10:00am Day 1
  2. Sun, 15th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Mon, 16th 10:00am Day 1
  4. Tue, 17th 10:00am Day 2
  5. Wed, 18th 9:00am Day 3
  6. Fri, 20th 10:00am Day 4
  7. Sat, 21st 9:00am Day 3

November 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Sat, 11th 10:00am Day 1
  2. Sun, 12th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Mon, 13th 10:00am Day 1
  4. Tue, 14th 10:00am Day 2
  5. Wed, 15th 9:00am Day 3
  6. Fri, 17th 10:00am Day 4
  7. Sat, 18th 9:00am Day 3

December 2017

Bareboat Cruising

  1. Mon, 4th 10:00am Day 1
  2. Tue, 5th 10:00am Day 2
  3. Wed, 6th 9:00am Day 3
  4. Fri, 8th 10:00am Day 4
  5. Sat, 9th 10:00am Day 1
  6. Sun, 10th 10:00am Day 2
  7. Sat, 16th 9:00am Day 3

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