ASA 104

Bareboat Cruising


  • Basic Sailing (ASA 101)
  • Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

Class Size

All of our classes are private, so only you and your friends or family will be on board your chartered sailboat during your instruction by our certified ASA/USCG Captain Certified Instructors.

Classes require a minimum of two and maximum of four students in order to be conducted. Interested students need to form their own groups in advance.


The Lake Champlain Sailing School offers course instruction from mid-May to mid-SeptemberWe offer flexible scheduling according to your group's preferred dates.


Please purchase the class textbook Bareboat Cruising Made Easy directly from ASA or digital download from iTunes in advance of your selected course dates.


ASA 104 is an advanced course for individuals with the prerequisite ASA certifications and cruising experience who are seeking the qualifications to be certified for bareboat chartering.

Students will learn how to work as skipper and as crew while maneuvering the yacht under power and sail, including close quarter situations such as mooring, anchoring and docking. Throughout, you will be drilled on safety, navigation, weather, terminology and deck skills.

You will be coached and challenged in situations that every cruising sailor ultimately faces:

  • Troubleshooting common problems
  • Docking off the wind or down current
  • Safety at sea
  • Weather watching
  • Navigation in limited visibility
  • Kedging off
  • Planning landfall in adverse conditions
  • Sail selection, handling and trim

In addition, you will become comfortable using shipboard electronics and navigation instruments. You should finish the course feeling confident that you can skipper a yacht of comparable size and handle those unforeseen circumstances.

To view the complete course description of ASA 104 : ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising



Learning the roles and responsibilities

Each student is constantly involved, alternating between skipper and crew, in learning the roles and responsibilities of each and how they must work together.

Sailing lessons depart from the Plattsburgh City Marina and return to the Plattsburgh City Marina or another destination (additional mooring or dockage fees may apply) on Lake Champlain at the end of each instructional day via supervision of your on board instructor.

Once safely docked or at mooring, your instructor will leave you to enjoy your evening on board your charter boat with your friends or family. This is a great way for you to experience living on board in a private, secure setting.

Overnight anchorage options can also be recommended by your instructor based on your desired itinerary, experience, and wind conditions.

In order to achieve ASA certification, students will be required to demonstrate sailing ability and pass a written examination.


Course fee includes

  • Instruction by our certified ASA/USCG Captain/Instructors (18 hours on water and 4 hours classroom instruction)
  • 2 overnight stays on the Navtours bareboat charter sailboat and dates you select, which best matches the vessel size you desire for your on water instructional experience.
  • All of our classes are private, so only you and your friends or family will be on board your chartered sailboat during your instructional time.
  • ASA 104 Exam and Certification
  • International Proficiency Certification 

2017 Individual Course Fee


Class Size of 2: $1239

Class Size of 3: $1079

Class Size of 4: $989

* Additional price quotes available from Navtours, if you prefer to use a large/newer monohull or catamaran for your course instruction.

** All amounts listed in U.S. dollars and includes NYS sales tax and applicable charter fees.



Navtours Charter Boat Length Year 
 XO 28 1999 
Sea Dancer  31  2003
Le Petit Prince 37  1997
Seawolf's 39  2009 


  • Day 1
    16:00 - 18:00: Classroom Instruction
    18:00 - 20:00: On board boat orientation

  • Night 1
    Students stay overnight selected charter boat. Boat stays at slip or on a mooring at marina.

  • Day 2
    08:00 - 17:00: On water/On board Instruction

  • Night 2
    Students stay overnight on board selected charter boat. Boat stays at anchor overnight.

  • Day 3
    8:00 - 15:00: On water/On board Instruction/Demonstration of Sailing Abilities/Disembarkation of charter boat or extend your stay with more days of sailing.
    15:00 - 17:30: Classroom Instruction and Written Examination