Inshore Powerboat Cruising & Night Operation

This 18+-hour hands-on, on-the-water training course is for anyone who wants to safely operate and navigate a cruising powerboat on a cruise of multiple days and at night within sight of land. Students learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Use & care of cruising systems: galley, fresh water, holding tanks, genset
  • Use of spring lines
  • Docking
  • Getting in & out of a slip
  • Mooring
  • Anchoring with two anchors
  • Person in Water rescue methods
  • Maintaining DR plot with time/speed/distance calculations
  • Determining position electronically & plot it on chart
  • Navigating to a GPS waypoint & adjust boat’s heading accordingly
  • Leaving & entering a harbor at night
  • Lighted aids to navigation
  • Navigation lights of vessel traffic
  • Navigating at night

Classroom or Onboard Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather
  • Menu planning & provisioning
  • Cruise planning
  • Navigation planning
  • Dinghy management
  • Rafting techniques
  • Use of waypoints, ship’s log, tide/current tables, cruising guides, Coast Pilots, Light Lists
  • Foreign port documentation & procedures
  • IALA A & B buoy systems
  • Night operation: safety, prep & briefing
  • Night vision effects

Prerequisites: Basic Powerboat Cruising certificate
Suggested Age: 18–adult
Certification(s) Earned: Inshore Powerboat Cruising certificate, Night Operation Endorsement

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