Ace Your 104, Bareboat Cruising sailing exam
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Ace Your 104, Bareboat Cruising sailing exam

Essential knowledge for living the cruising life
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4.3 (44 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?
  • • Live the dream with this 104 Bareboat Cruising ground school. It is the third in a series of on-line e-learning courses patterned after the format of the American Sailing Association’s learn to sail programs.
  • Be confident with this essential bareboat chartering knowledge -- anywhere in the world.
  • Be prepared to get a 100% score on your 104 Bareboat Cruising knowledge exam
  • Delve into Supplemental Content for an optional deeper understanding of any of several topics
  • Be confident skipper, first mate or crew
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  • If you have taken 101 and 103 or equivalent, and want to expand your knowledge of cruising and seamanship, then this course is for you.
  • Just show up with rudimentary sailing experience and curiosity and hunger for more sailing knowledge

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are new to sailing, begin at the beginning with our 101 and 103 basic ground schools.
  • ASA divides sailing instruction into on-the-water instruction and sailing knowledge. This is an intermediate-level course comprising the knowledge portion of sailing, oriented around basic cruising. It complements on-the-water instruction.
  • Take this course if you have passed the ASA 103 course and want to continue on to ASA 104 and prepare for bareboat chartering.
  • Take this course if you are facing the ASA104 knowledge exam
  • Take this course if you desire to be reliable and capable skipper, or first mate or crew
  • Take this course if you are on a path to bareboat chartering or sailing any where in the world
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
1 Lecture 07:50

Know the topics and decide whether this course (or another in our series) is right for you.

Preview 07:50
Components & Systems
2 Lectures 33:17

Understand and safely operate boat systems, including head and stove

Equipment & Systems PartI

Demystefying Diesel Engines
1 Lecture 18:52

Illustrated graphics on how fuel and water operate in a diesel engine

Boat Handling
2 Lectures 40:28

A discussion of the controls affecting subtle sail trimming and shaping

Sail Trimming and Shaping

more on boat handling, including special docking situations (Med moor, etc.)

Boat Handling Part II
1 Lecture 26:26

A variety of challenges for the skipper and how to respond when things go wrong

Knots to Know and Love
1 Lecture 06:10

there are no new knots in 104 -- thus this is a quick review

Knots to Know and Love
Weather - Fair and Foul
1 Lecture 23:54

basics on weather to help the skipper recognize  dangers and predict short-term weather

Weather - Fair and Foul
3 Lectures 34:44

Chart basics and structure - including lats and longs

Charts - Part A

Several "advanced" marks that the cruising skipper will likely one day meet

Preview 10:55

Practice in becoming quicker and better and chart reading

Chart Reading
Navigation Rules & Tools
1 Lecture 11:01

Get grounded in the COLREGS -- ignorance is no excuse for not knowing

COLREGS examined -- collision avoiadance
DR Math Problems
1 Lecture 09:55

Basic 104 dead reckoning math problems of the type introduced on the 04 exam

Basic Dead Reckoning math problems/solutions
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Captain Howard Edson Sr.
4.4 Average rating
155 Reviews
751 Students
3 Courses
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.