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ASA 106
Advanced Coastal Cruising


See the boats: Caribbean Sailing School Private Instruction

Prerequisites: 101 - 103 - 104 - 105

Includes a written test (takes most students about 2 hours)

  • theory of true and apparent wind and sailing using force diagrams
  • causes and corrections of lee and weather helm
  • sail shapes and sail interactions as needed for different wind strengths and points of sail Describe the effects of sail trimming on sail shape and sail interactions.
  • proper selection of sails on a given boat for all weather conditions.
  • using a barometer and a thermometer in predicting weather.
  • cirrus, cirrostratus, altocumulus, stratocumulus, cumulonimbus, and cumulus clouds and the weather expected with each
  • local weather in relation to thermal winds and prevailing winds
  • three sources of weather information 
  • appropriate heavy weather precautions, including steps for skipper and crew to "heave to" and "lye a-hull."
  • methods of rafting at anchor during day and night and the possible problems.
  • step by step how to secure a boat overnight with one anchor and stern made fast to the shore or dock.
  • various anchoring techniques including two methods of setting two anchors, retrieving fouled anchor, use of a tripline, anchor buoy and maintaining anchor watch
  • how to prevent the tender/dinghy from riding up and bumping the vessel's hull while anchored at night
  • proper towing techniques and hazards associated with towing
  • list visual distress signals from memory
  • actions during various emergencies while under sail or under power
  • fuel range and factors that could affect vessel's range
  • water capacity on selected boat and the minimum water requirement per person
  • appropriate corrective measures for common engine problems as applicable to the boat selected
  • preseason maintenance and checks of various boat systems
  • permanent and temporary installation methods of grounding for lightning and safety measures to prevent accidents due to lightning
  • overhead power lines
  • uses, capabilities and limitations of a permanently mounted and a portable radar reflector
  • skipper's responsibilities and actions for common courtesies and customs of yachtsmen
  • documents required and the procedures followed when leaving and entering U.S. territorial waters and foreign countries.

II. Sailing Skills

  • act as helmsman and demonstrate the proper techniques in all points of sail with varying wind force.
  • work to weather to best advantage using windshifts, tides and local geography.
  • sail a compass course (within 10 degrees) with sails trimmed.
  • correct methods of launching and towing a dinghy.
  • correct methods of launching, securing and stowing of dinghy outboard motor
  • proper nighttime person overboard procedures
  • optional: procedures for spinnaker sailing. The certifying instructor will indicate spinnaker use in the certification box on the appropriate page.
  • set anchor, weigh anchor, pick up, cast off moorings and dock the boat under various conditions
  • two methods for taking soundings
  • stand a navigation watch during a passage of about 20 miles by night and 20 miles by day
  • demonstrate skills required for all lower ASA levels.
  • Act as skipper and crew on a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours (30 hours minimum instructional program).

See the boats: Caribbean Sailing School Private Instruction

ASA is $20 per person, per level
• For example, ASA 101-103-104 is $60 per person
• You buy books, used is fine: amazon, powells

Add $39/person for anyone not already an ASA member.



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