Live the cruising life! This course is an essential step toward acquiring the essential knowledge. It contains over two hours of images and illustrations with narrations on the several subjects the cruiser needs to know to ace the 104 bareboat cruising exam.
Move toward self-sufficiency at sea with this knowledge of boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, coastal navigation and chart plotting, weather, seamanship tips, advanced anchoring and “good to know" knowledge to add to your lifelong learning.
Absorb essential cruising knowledge to skipper a cruising sailboat in on a multi-day voyage with competence and confidence.
Learn excellence in seamanship and first actions to take in a variety of distress situations.
Glean tips, opinions and commentary from the captain's personal experience.
Illustrated graphics on how fuel and water operate in a diesel engine
A discussion of the controls affecting subtle sail trimming and shaping
more on boat handling, including special docking situations (Med moor, etc.)
A variety of challenges for the skipper and how to respond when things go wrong
there are no new knots in 104 -- thus this is a quick review
basics on weather to help the skipper recognize dangers and predict short-term weather
Get grounded in the COLREGS -- ignorance is no excuse for not knowing
Basic 104 dead reckoning math problems of the type introduced on the 04 exam
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.