ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.


  • Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) certification.
  • ASA 104 certification requires demonstration of ASA 101 and ASA 103 knowledge and skills standards.
  • ASA recommends a minimum of 80 sailing hours before undertaking ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising.

Certification: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising.

Acquired skills: Learn to Skipper up to a 45′ sailboat in near coastal waters and weather below small craft advisory level, traveling to overnight destination before returning to home port.  Multi-day aboard sailing vacation in Croatia or other  sailing destination.

Accommodation: Maritime zone: Istria Course

Daily schedule:

08:30 – introduction to the program

10:15 – departure

13:00 – Lunch break (anchoring)

14:00 – navigation

17:00 – return to the marina and reorganizing  ship

We teach the American Sailing Association curriculum which is the definitive standard of safety and seamanship worldwide.

Our course is designed to prepare the student to successfully challenge the certification standards for that particular skill level. Most of our students are able to pass the ASA practical skill requirements during course time. Some students, however, require an additional Review Course or two before they are ready to challenge the Practical Checkout.

Those with previous boating experience can pick up the fundamentals more quickly than those without previous experience.

Students who exhibit the requisite sailing and boat handling skills will be certified to the ASA Bareboat certification during course time.

Topics covered:
•Navigation rules
•Roller Furling
•Cruise Planning
•Emergency Tiller Use
•Steering a Compass Course
•Crew Overboard Recovery
•Sailing in Reduced Visibility ·
•Electronic Instrumentation
•Emergency Procedures
•Marine Stove Use
•Coastal Navigation
•Heaving to
•Anchoring and Mooring
•Docking Review
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