ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising

After these 3 days and 2 nights of on-the-water training, you should be able to captain your boat safely to the front side of Catalina in heavier winds less than 20 knots. Now you should have the skills to sail to Catalina. This course is the practical portion of the ASA 105 Coastal Navigation.

Combine this course with ASA 114 and save $500 off the tuition. Find out how: 3 Day Learn to Sail Vacation.

Course Options

Private Course: $2640– Private course with you and the instructor.
Semi- Private Course: $1420– We will pair you with another student.
Couples Course: $2990– Private course for you and your partner.
Family Course: $3070– Private course for 4 people.
ASA certifications are for students over 18 years of age.

Course Overview

-Sail to and from Catalina with use of navigation equipment
-Picking up a mooring
-Gennaker training
-Dinghy training
-Cooking on board
-Detailed understanding of your Yanmar diesel
-Heavy weather night sailing, weather permitting


ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Textbook


Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)


Private and couples classes are generally held any 3-day/2-night period that works for your schedule. Semi-private classes are generally taught Friday morning through Sunday afternoon twice a month. Semi-private classes have a minimum and maximum of 2 students. Contact us at (949) 209-9931 with any questions.

Day 1: Arrive in Newport Beach, CA.  Complimentary pick up from John Wayne International Airport or meet at our offices.  Drive down to your live aboard yacht to stow your belongings.   Participate in boat orientation and prepare boat and dinghy for sail to Catalina Island.  Buy provisions for your stay.  Depart Newport Harbor for Catalina and begin the ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising course with private captain.  Pick up mooring in Avalon Harbor.  Spend the night in Avalon.  Dinner aboard or ashore.

Day 2: Enjoy breakfast aboard boat.  Sail from Avalon to Two Harbors.  Anchor in Isthmus Cove at Two Harbors, Catalina.  Practice cooking on board and using dinghy to go ashore.

Day 3: Breakfast aboard or ashore.  In the morning, take ASA 104 written test aboard your vessel.  The Captain will grade and review any missed questions with you.  A grade of 80% is passing.  Sail back to Newport Beach using the gennaker sail.  Arrive at slip.  Pack up belongings and depart.

Call us at (949) 209-9931 with any questions or to book by phone.