Start Sailing Now — ASA Sailing Courses & the Try-Before-You-Buy Charter Program

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Immerse yourself in the sailing lifestyle. Gain your experience on boats set up like private boats, privately managed at your favorite sailing destination. We offer a number of options for inexperienced sailors to get out on the water.

Try before you buy. Charter with or without a captain.  Learn to sail, or improve your skills. We are in all the prime sailing areas where you want to be…

All of our sailing programs include  live-aboard courses on comfortable Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot popular cruising models. Learn 24 hours a day. Immerse yourself in sailing. No hotel bills. Bring your family. It’s fun. It’s a vacation and learning experience– and generally costs less.

Try before you buy

If you’re not familiar with our boats, we offer a Try-Before-You-Buy experience before you make a final decision. With this program, you can be reimbursed up to 3 days of your charter costs off the purchase of your boat. You can try any of our new, Jeanneaus or Fountaine Pajot catamarans at participating bases. Try it just to try it, or make Try-before-you-buy a part of your charter or ASA course.

This approach offers an ideal way to actually live aboard the boat you’re considering for up to 3 days — on us. In addition to experiencing the boat, our customers report that this is a great way to help decide on options they want to add, or don’t need at all. Meet our friendly people, learn about different sailing areas — our goal is to make it easy and show you what we can do for you.

Charter a Yacht From Any of Our Affiliated Charter Bases, including:

  • New England (Newport)
  • The Chesapeake (Annapolis)
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Key West, Florida (with trips to Cuba)
  • Bahamas (Abacos and Exumas)
  • Virgin Islands (U.S. & BVI, with a base in St. Martin)

ASA Sailing Courses and Chartering

We offer the full range of sailing courses at most of our affiliate bases. ASA is the world-wide, recognized standard for learning to sail, or getting certified to charter a boat. Generally you take up to four courses to get certified for chartering.

This is a program similar to learning to fly. You get checked out on each level, and your new skills get added to your log book. You can audit earlier courses if you already have some experience.

With our approach, you start by forming your own group, or joining one of ours. You actually stay aboard the boat full time during your course. So it’s a vacation, a sailing course and a chance to see how the boat “lives,” all in one. At the end of the day, this is a better, more meaningful experience that actually costs less than staying at a resort hotel and going out on a day-sailor.

ASA shows first courses on a smaller boat, but you can do them on our live-aboard cruising boats as well. You can start at one base and finish at a different base — the choice is yours.

Typically you can take courses 1-3 in a weekend, or 5 day during the week, and the final, charter-ready course over a separate weekend. It is possible to do all four in a week if you’re ambitious. You can organize your own group, or join one of ours.

The Courses

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Suggested boats: Jeanneau 34-41
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Suggested boats: Jeanneau 34-41. Possibly catamaran. Alternatively, you could do 103 and 104 on a separate weekend on a catamaran or larger Jeanneau.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Suggested boats: Sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat. Any of the Jeanneau monohulls or Fountaine Pajot catamarans of interest
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45′ feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
Suggested boats: Fountaine Pajot Catamarans 40-50′

Later, you can take more advanced courses in docking, offshore navigation or even be on your way to getting a professional Skippers license.

  • Chartering
  • We offer virtually all of the new boats we offer for sale, at Associate Bases. Each base offers a full range of services including:
  • Captains (For fun, or ASA certifications)
  • Provisioning
  • Many offer kayaks, or paddle boards, snorkels or dive excursions, and everything you can imagine for a totally fun experience.

Our boats are not typical charter boats

Owner’s cabin

They’re equipped with all of the live-aboard equipment you would expect on a boat you might own. (Some equipment may be limited by size)

  • Full electronics with autopilot and chart plotter blue toothed to your smart phone or pad
  • Air conditioning, and in most cases, generator and upgraded electrical system with inverter.
  • All the comfort and convenience features from full cockpit bimini and cushions, to electric refrigeration and gas stoves and ovens with microwaves, barbecue grill, fresh linens and everything to make your boat feel like home.

NOTE: Please check the inventory sheet for the specific equipment on the boat you’re considering.

Now, after trying one out, maybe you’ll find yourself in the position of considering owning a boat. Of course we offer new and used boats for private owners, but actually, a majority of our clients find our Business Yacht Ownership® approach the least expensive way to own a boat, while making their lives “Less taxing”.


Eric Smith

Senior Sales Consultant, Partner
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