Bareboat Chartering 104

Bareboat Chartering 104

The Bareboat Chartering graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat up to 51’ within sight of land and bring it safely to anchor during daylight hours. In order to rent a boat from most charter companies, this certification is required.


In preparation for class, students are asked to complete reading and homework assignments from the Bareboat Cruising Made Easy textbook. Bareboat Chartering is a 2-day, overnight live-aboard, on-the-water class.

Upon arriving, the instructor will review homework and ensure all students are prepared for the day. Three to five students and one instructor will spend 95% of all class time on a Beneteau 38′ or larger yacht.

This class is for students wishing to charter boats for multiple days.  It prepares sailors for living aboard by learning about larger, heavier boats with more complex mechanical and electronic boat systems and equipment packages.

The instructor will assign provisioning responsibilities to all students ahead of time for all meals. By noon on day one, students will depart for Mission Bay, anchor and overnight onboard. The previously mentioned homework is great preparation for the written exam which will occur the morning of day two. Upon successful completion of ASA 104, students will be certified to skipper up to 51′.

Class Covers

Large boat handling and seamanship, trip planning, packing and provisioning, meal preparation and sleeping aboard, maintenance procedures, passage making and standing watches, basic coastal navigation using dead reckoning and taking a fix, speed, time and distance calculations, making landfall, and mooring and anchoring.

The class also covers fresh water, fuel, sewage, and electrical systems; through-hulls, entry into foreign ports, and finally, diesel engine maintenance and troubleshooting.

Class Textbook

Bareboat Cruising Made Easy


Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) and Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), as well as ample experience as skipper of record on various boats 28′-37′ (4-6 sails or 80 hours on boats 28′-37′).


Member Price

  • Course Fee – $695 plus port fee
  • Certification Package – $65