Advanced Sailing in Boston Harbor. Gain the skills needed to explore local waters with confidence.

You’ll learn to handle a boat with an auxiliary outboard motor and practice refined sailing techniques to get where you’re going quickly and comfortably.

Sessions cover balance and sail shape, tuning, docking and anchoring under power, use of marine radio, and daytime coastal navigation. 

An excellent preparation for the Cruising Course or Mid-Range membership.

ASA 103 Certification awarded upon successful course completion and written ASA 103 test. Contact the office if you are not already an ASA member and ASA 101 certified.

Course Fee:



Learn To Sail Or Equivalent Experience

Please review the Learn to Sail Course Outline to make sure you are proficient with all that is covered

Prepares you for:

Taught On:

Included Text Book:

ASA Coastal Cruising Made Easy

ASA Certification:

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising


The Advanced Course is offered for adult students in 3 different formats: 4 Week, Vacation Week, and Weekend. All formats consist of four two-hour online classroom sessions and four three-and-a-half-hour water sessions for a total of 22 hours of instruction – 8 hours of classroom time and 14 hours on the water.

Weekend Format Description
Held over two consecutive weeks with Online Classroom Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Sailing Sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.​

The course starts with Online Classroom Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00pm. Sailing Sessions will be on Saturday and Sunday. Morning 9:00AM-12:30PM or Afternoon 1:30-5:00PM Sailing Sessions are chosen upon checkout and noted in confirmation email. ​​The schedule then repeats the following week.​

Weekends are always consecutive unless there is a holiday (as noted in the start date at checkout) Holiday skips:
  • August 21, 2024 start date: Skips over the week of August 28 due to Labor day. (Course dates are August 21, 22, 24, 25 and September 4, 5, 7, 8)
Vacation Week Format Description
Course meets for one week, Monday morning through Thursday afternoon. Format contains in-person classroom sessions.

Offered Monday through Thursday. In person classroom sessions are Monday through Thursday from 9:30-11:30am, followed by afternoon sailing sessions from 12:30-4pm.

4-Week Format Description
This format meets twice a week for four weeks, alternating evening Online Classroom Sessions and late afternoon Sailing Sessions.

​Online Classroom Sessions meet Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. Sailing Sessions are on Tuesday or Wednesday from 4:30-8:00pm.​ Tuesday or Wednesday Sailing Sessions are chosen upon checkout and noted in confirmation email.

Due to earlier sunsets, Sailing Sessions for the September 2, 2024 start date are from 4:00-7:30.​​

Before purchasing a course, please review the Student Information Sheet and Cancellation + Rescheduling Policies.

Start Dates + purchase


Two consecutive weekends
$ 1170
  • See Format descriptions above

Vacation Week

Monday to Thursday
$ 1170
  • See Format descriptions above


Twice a week for four weeks
$ 1170
  • See Format descriptions above​


Choose your start date later
$ 1170
  • Choose the "Open" format if you would like to register now but choose the format and start date at a later time.

Group Enrollment

Signing up with more than one person? We have a discount for that! Groups of two or more who sign up together for the same course qualify for discounts of 10% off the course fee after one student has purchased the course at full price (in other words, it’s full price for the first person and 10% off for each additional person).

To qualify for the group enrollment discount, purchases must be made over the phone. Contact the office at 617-227-4198 to register your group. 

Course Documents

Member Discount

One of the many benefits of membership at the Boston Sailing Center is that active Daysailing, Mid-Range, Cruising 30, 35, and 40 members receive 10% off the full price of courses. Discount applied in cart once logged in with your member credentials (if you do not know your credentials – contact the BSC, do not create another account). Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Not applicable to Macro Courses. 


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