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We use rugged, high quality cruising yachts for all of our sailing courses with world-class, long distance cruising reputations.

  • Basic and Intermediate Level courses (ASA101, 103, 104 and 118) are taught on our Island Packet IP32 sailing yachts.

  • Advanced Coastal and Ocean Training Cruises (ASA106 and 108) are taught on NAVIGATOR our IP40 sailing yacht.

  •  Students may sleep, aboard during all onboard sailing classes and cruises.


SCHOLARSHIP Island Packet 32


ACADAME Island Packet 32


NAVIGATOR Island Packet 40

IP40 NAVIGATOR is equipped with an extensive list of new equipment for extended cruising and ocean passagemaking, including:

  • Genoa whisker pole for offwind sailing

  • Sea anchor

  • Single sideband HF long distance radio with Pactor modem permitting voice and email communications and a wide array of weather forecast images and text

  • VHF radio

  • Garmin radar and AIS automatic identification systems

  • Garmin multi function display (MFD) including electronic charts, heading sensor, radar, AIS imaging, wind displays, and Sirius XM weather displays.

  • Iridium GO satellite communicator providing a WiFi network for email and voice comm using an iPhone and email using a laptop computer.

  • NAVTEX stand alone receiver

  • Garmin wind direction and speed sensors displaying in cockpit and on MFD

  • SPOT position tracking device

  • Life raft mounted on deck in a hard canister plus abandon ship equipment

  • EPIRB with GPS registered with NOAA

  • Offshore PFDs

  • Medical kit and medical advisory service with George Washington University emergency medical facility accessible via Sat Phone

  • Charts, plotting sheets, plotting tools, sextant and navigation reference books

  • Ship's steering compass, sailing instruments, depth sounder, Garmin 182C GPS Display, and masthead Windex for helm use

  • Sea berths with lee cloths

  • Cockpit canvas including dodger, Bimini and bridge

  • Refrigeration and propane cooking stove

  • Air conditioning for dockside use

  • Inventory of key spare parts and components

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