Basic Powerboat Cruising

US Powerboating Basic Cruising Certification Fundamental Lessons

This course is designed for people with little or no experience skippering powerboats. This course will teach you how to skipper confidently and safely.

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Class is taught on one of our beautiful Mainship powerboats, and includes maneuvering in confined quarters and open water, crew coordination, overboard recovery, anchoring, knots, boat systems, rules of the road, VHF radio, charts, buoyage system, tides and currents. Graduates may charter our Mainship powerboat on San Francisco Bay.
Upon completion of the course, you may attend a Bay Cruising Workshop to learn more about cruising San Francisco Bay in particular, and cruise planning and execution in general as well as pointers on how to enjoy boating most economically.


  • 4 days on the water on two platforms
  • Short classroom presentation
  • Extended time on water

Additional Information:

  • Maximum 4 students per class
  • Basic Powerboat Cruising Test & Certification included
  • Stay aboard class boat each night (optional)
  • 4 hour Bay Cruising Workshop included in price of class.


Regularly $3500
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No previous experience required, but a strong desire to learn to safely skipper and have fun is mandatory! This class is guaranteed!


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Start Powerboating Right, US Powerboating
Included in cost of class.