Skipper Small Keelboat Course

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Topics covered in the Skipper Small Keelboat Course

  • Weather and Sea Conditions
  • Electrical and Mechanical Systems
  • Rigging
  • Rules of the Nautical Road
  • Maneuvering in the Marina
  • Sailing
  • Communications
  • Navigation Introduction
  • Anchoring and Mooring
  • Coping with Emergencies

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This course, when combined with practical on-the-water training and assessment at any of our qualified NauticEd schools, is officially approved as meeting the On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard - SAIL developed by the United States Coast Guard. It is the only course in the world approved to this high standard.

The NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat course is for those wishing to successfully master the skills needed to sail a boat in the 18 to 25 ft range. The course covers everything from the outboard engine and maneuvering skills to sail trim and understanding how to be a true leader on a small keelboat.

More about this Skipper Small Keelboat Sailing Course

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  • Available immediately online and offline on our iOS App
  • Extensive and essential knowledge for sailing at the beginner / intermediate levels
  • This Sailing Course takes approximately 10-15 hours of total time to complete
  • Take as long as you need to complete
  • Return as many times as you like to review
  • You may take the tests anytime and as many times as you like online via browser or offline via our iPad/iPhone testing app. See our sailing apps page
  • Adds the Skipper Small Keelboat course endorsement to your Sailing Resume
This is an ONLINE course and test viewable in your browser window. You will also be able to view offline on your iPad via out iOS App.
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Upon completion, you will feel confident that you know the theory of what to do when in command of a sailboat. And if you're new to the fun of sailing, you'll look like a pro in front of your hands-on instructor. Upon completion of the associated practical training, you will receive a sailing certificate displaying the United States Coast Guard VERIFIED COURSE badge.

Are you ready to "get your feet wet" and feel the exhilaration of sailing? Then let's get started!

The test is reasonably simple as long as you have read the material. You can take the test as many times as you like to pass or improve your score without any extra cost. Once passed, the NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat course will be added to your online sailing resume. And the great thing, once you've registered, you can log back in for life for FREE to review the material and brush up your skills. We're constantly updating the course and adding information on new technologies as they emerge, so for just $39 - you'll always be up to date.

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Apparent Wind

Apparent wind is the result of the true wind and your boat speed. Here is an explanation that you easily grasp because it relates to something you experience almost every warm summer's day.

Play with this animation by sliding the slider to speed up the car. Then read the below text and replay this animation.

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Put your hand outside the window of your car traveling at 60 miles per hour on a still warm summer day and your hand will feel a 60 mile per hour wind coming from the front of the car. That’s apparent wind yet the true wind is zero. What if the car was driving into a 20 mile per hour head wind? Your hand would feel 80 mph. Or if the wind was blowing from behind at 20 mph, your hand would feel 40mph.

Now, what about a cross wind of 20 miles per hour? Well, we need to do a little Pythagorean theorem work on this. What is the square root of the sum of 60 squared plus 20 squared? Your hand would feel 63.24 mph and mostly from a direction in front of the car. If the car accelerated to 100 mph your hand would feel 102 mph, again mostly from the front. If the car decelerates to 10 mph your hand would feel 22 mph mostly from the side of the car and if he car stopped you’d feel the full true wind of 20 miles per hour from the side of the car. Whatever your hand feels is the apparent wind. The apparent wind equals the true wind when your car is not moving.

When determining direction of the apparent wind, the faster the car goes the more the apparent wind direction comes from the direction of travel of the car. Again imagine the cross wind. At 1 mph forward speed in your car and a 20 mph cross wind, the apparent wind feels almost like the true wind from across the car. As the car accelerates the wind feels more and more like it is coming from the front.

This is similar to a boat. The faster the boat sails into the wind, the more the apparent wind speed increases and the more it feels like it is coming from the front of the boat.

So now that you understand the difference – let’s put the practical application to work for you on a sailboat.


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