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Sea Sense announces trawler passagemaking course

The southbound migration of boats is about to start on the East Coast and Sea Sense is introducing weeklong passagemaking courses aboard trawlers this fall.

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The new courses are an opportunity to learn in a real passagemaking environment with professionalcaptains. These classes will be open to couples as well as individuals. Passagemaking courses are just one of the unique learning experiences that Sea Sense has planned for their 2010 -2011 programs.

"We have met many boaters who for one reason or another have not yet gone out of the inlet or overnight. This course will give them the knowledge and confidence to take that next step," said Capt. Carol Cuddyer, co-founder of Sea Sense.

During the weeklong course, participants will learn boat handling in the Intracoastal Waterway, the strategy of running inlets, offshore safety and equipment, filing of float plans, and preparation of boat and crew for extended cruising. There will be instruction in day and night navigation, log keeping, watch standing, weather, fuel management, ship identification, and rules of the road. This course will actively involve the participants in the decision-making process for a long cruise including how to plan for and deal with potential problems. All offshore legs depend on the weather.

The professional captains at Sea Sense have taught and sailed extensively up and down the East Coast, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Labrador, Bermuda, Mexico and a Transatlantic crossing aboard trawlers.

Class size is limited. The cost for the 7-day course is $3,195 and includes instruction, on board accommodations, all docking and fuel costs and most meals. Call for dates and details.