Close Quarters berthing and boat handling

Course Overview

Learn to berth; like a pro. Our close quarters berthing course is designed to give you the skill for any berth even in tight spaces. This course will look at tide and wind awareness; going in and out of marina berths.

Your day will start by looking at the boats berth and exploring any concerns you may have, leaving or returning. You will spend some time exploring other berths locally that offer different approaches and challenges. We will show you different ways of securing alongside, work on springing off and on a berth, and also the use of warps to make light work of manoeuvring, not only for skippers but also for your crew. Your course looks at safe sail plans, advice and training on good seamanship whilst underway promoting safety at sea.
Below is a list of our available dates. If you cannot see dates that you require, please get in touch with us on 02392 520200 or and we may be able to arrange a more suitable date.

Price : £120

Assumed Knowledge

Experience in boat handling as a skipper.

Student Instructor Ratio

Maximum 3:1


Our course runs from 08:30 to 17:00.

Course Content

Tide & wind awareness
Safe sail handling
Good Seamanship skills
Boat handling under power, including power turns.
Warps, lines and springs.

Ability after Course

Greater understanding and awareness
Increased confidence in berthing the boat
Improved seamanship skills
Safety awareness of boat and crew
Good understanding of different ropes and their uses.

Course Syllabus

Different types of berths
How to plan and execute berthing in different tide and wind conditions
Sail plan decisions and safety
Seamanship under sail and power
Boat handling techniques under power
The appropriate use of different warps, lines and springs
How to set up the boat correctly in a raft

What’s Included

When you book a course onboard our yachts we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:
Lunch and drinks whilst on board
Mooring fees (if applicable)
All fuel costs
Use of safety kit (wet weather clothing can be hired should you need it)
One of our qualified instructors for your day
Use of training materials if required


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