Ace Your 103, Basic Coastal Cruising Written Sailing Exam
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Ace Your 103, Basic Coastal Cruising Written Sailing Exam

Convenient, easy way to accelerate your knowledge, add to your seamanship and safety and improve your 103 exam score
4.5 (54 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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What Will I Learn?
  • • Feel confident in your readiness to ace the 103 Basic Coastal Cruisiing sailing knowledge exam
  • • Be familiar with sailing concepts, procedures and terms you need to be "good crew" on the water
  • • Have an understanding of new sailing knowledge at the intermediate level, such as anchoring and reefing, and other good stuff to know
  • Be confident and knowledgeable crew
  • Delve into Supplemental Content for an optional deeper understanding of any of several topics
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  • If you have a basic understanding of sailing, such as points of sail, maneuvers and terminology, etc., then this course is for you.
  • Just show up with rudimentary sailing experience and curiosity and hunger for more sailing knowledge

When you are ready to take your knowledge from 101 Basic Keelboat ground school,to the next level of sailing knowledge: adding reefing, anchoring, basic navigation and good mariner stuff to what you've already learned, then this is the right place for your next step. OR when you are facing the prospect of taking the 103 Basic Coastal Cruising written exam, this is the right summary course to review to help you pass your exam with flying colors. Additionally, you will have the knowledge that will bring you to a whole new level of understanding sailing: intermediate level terminology, systems, concepts and tips to help you make sense of your on-the-water experience.

  • Learn intermediate sailing– and be safe and competent on the water
  • Ace your 103 written knowledge exam – without test anxiety
  • Feel competent in your new role as skipper or crew on a sailboat
  • Accelerate your learning – fast, easy and more efficient than reading

This course is patterned after the format of the American Sailing Association's learn to sail programs. It does not take the place of an ASA instructor or on-the-water practice and experience. However it contains a body of essential knowledge to advance your skills and seamanship. This course contains over three hours of content – utilizing over 250 colorful pictures, graphics and narrations by a senior ASA instructor to add to your experience of having “been there done that" before you ever face the situation on the water. The content is divided into seven modules: Terminology (Sailor-speak); Anchoring, Rules of the Road; Charts and Navigation; Knots to Know; and Required/Good to Know. Supplemental content covers several topics in detail… all essential knowledge to advance your confidence and competence while sailing an auxiliary powered sloop rig in light to moderate sea conditions and winds.

Who is the target audience?
  • ASA divides sailing instruction into on-the-water instruction and sailing knowledge. This course is the second-level knowledge portion of sailing and complements on-the-water instruction.
  • Take this course if you have passed the ASA 101 course and want to continue on to ASA 103 (Note there is no 102).
  • Take this course if you are planning to challenge the ASA 103 exam (option to experienced sailors)
  • Take this course if you are learning sailing from a friend, or even teaching yourself
  • Take this course if you desire to be reliable and capable crew, or desire to be skipper
  • Take this course as a complement to your 104 on-the-water course
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
A brief introduction to 103 Basic Coastal Cruising
1 Lecture 08:20
Our common language "Sailor-speak"
1 Lecture 17:10

Correct names of boat "thing-ies", so we all knnow what we're talking about

Preview 17:10
Happy Hooking
1 Lecture 14:32

At first we anchor because it's cheaper than staying in a marina slip. Later we prefer anchoring in gunkhholes because it's closer to nature and to the peace and serenity far from the maddening crowd.  

Anchor like a Pro
Happy sails and reefing
2 Lectures 16:37

Be ready to practice the five step process of "shortening sail" in a freshening wind... in order to keep your boat under control, limit the stress on the standing rigging and continue sailing safely.

Sails and Tell Tales for performance sailing

Be ready to practice the five step process of "shortening sail" in a freshening wind... in order to keep your sanity, your boat under control, limit the stress on the rigging and continue sailing safely.

Rules of the Road
2 Lectures 24:25
Honoring the pecking order

Charts and Navigation
2 Lectures 38:30

The buoyage system is to water what road signs are to cars.


Charts and symbology
Six review plus two new sailor knots we regularly use on a sailboat
1 Lecture 07:35
Knots to Know and Love
Legal and Good to Know
3 Lectures 47:54

When you leave the dock as skipper you are legally responsible for having required legal and safety gear on board.
Learn your "safety six-pack" and lesser known requirements and never leave the dock without them.

Ignorance is no excuse...

This is a catch-all for adding to your "good to know" knowledge, and also items on the 103 Basic Coastal Cruising exam that have not been previously covered.

Good Stuff to Know

About the Instructor
Captain Howard Edson Sr.
4.4 Average rating
151 Reviews
749 Students
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charter and delivery captain; ASA instructor, and old salt

Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University and a military tour of duty in the Pacific Howard's three-part work career included (1) corporate staff positions with Hewlett Packard and Atlantic Richfield.(2) entrepreneur building four companies, and (3) management consultant and trainer in the field of organizational transformation and development. He has trained thousands of Fortune 1000 employees throughout North America and Asia in organizational change, leadership development and teamwork.

His sailing resume includes yacht deliveries, sailing instruction, captaining sailboat charters in the San Juan Islands (Washington) and Desolation Sound (Canada) between May and October and charter captain and instructor in Florida and the Caribbean between November and April. In his spare time he writes about boating and seamanship.

He has sailed U.S. East Coast ports from Halifax Nova Scotia to Key West, Florida; the Florida Gulf Coast; and U.S. West Coast  from Alaska and Canada to Mexico.  He has enjoyed sailing yachts in Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, B.V.I's, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound (Canada), British Columbia, Alaska and the Sea of Cortez and west coast of Mexico. He has held the position of navigator in several long distance sailing races. Additionally he completed a six month solo voyage with his golden retriever.  And is recently returned from one year of cruising Mexico.

Howard holds U.S. Merchant Marine Officer license #1155804, for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons.He is an American Sailing Association instructor, certified in Basic Keelboat (101) through Advanced Coastal Cruising (106).

My passion for the sea and commitment to share skills and knowledge are boundless. Few things give me more pleasure than to travel beside you on your journey to build your sailing confidence and expand your sailing knowledge and take essential steps to living your dream.