Bareboat Cruising - ASA 104


This class is for graduates of the Basic Coastal Cruising program who want to qualify to charter up to 35 foot sailboats at Spinnaker Sailing. The course gives students an opportunity to take a mid-size sailboat on an overnight cruise. Classes run Saturday and Sunday, 9-5 and are typically held one day aboard a performance raceboat the next day aboard a cruising boat both in the 35 foot range. Classes are held on the north side of San Francisco Bay (Angel Island, Treasure Island, etc.) where students make confidence-building leadership decisions on docking and sailing in the Bay's challenging conditions. To qualify for the class, students must have already achieved ASA Basic Coastal Cruising certification, and must have at least 8 days' sailing experience as skipper of a 22-29 foot boat or obtain approval prior to registration. 

ASA Bareboat Cruising (Bareboat Charter) certification is awarded upon successful completion of the on-water and written portions of this course; graduates will be certified to sail 35 foot yachts in San Francisco Bay. At more-sedate locations outside the Bay, BBC-certified sailors may be permitted to charter larger boats, up to 50'.  This certification is required at most charter locations worldwide.



  • Introduction

  • Float Plan

  • Navigation

  • Harbor Navigation

    • Plotting a Course, Compass Heading, ETA

    • Nautical Charts

  • Systems Checkout:

    • Engine: fuel, cooling, electrical, oil

    • Plumbing: bilge, head, galley, thru-hulls

    • Galley: stove, electrical, refrigeration, gas

    • Electronics

    • Rigging

  • Sailing Conditions

  • Docking Practice (lots of it)


  • Advanced Anchoring Techniques

  • Towing a Dinghy

  • MOB Practice - 2 Methods

  • Navigating Unfamiliar Areas

  • Onboard Food Preparation

  • Reefing Practice

  • Proper Radio Procedure

  • MOB drills, practice and test

  • Sailing Test

  • Knot Test





30-34' Keelboats
Text Certification Kit: $90
Certification : ASA ICC
Prerequisite : BCC

ICC is offered the 3rd weekend (Fri-Sun) of each month. Weekdays available upon request
Cost of Certification through ASA is $35 for the Test. Prerequisite is ASA 103