* Private Docking Lessons, Boat Handling
& Instruction Services *
There are plenty of schools you can travel to and receive basic training. Some even on board an boat along with 10 or 12 other students or in a class room with 15 or 20 other students. But what if your boat (or intended boat) is larger than about 30 feet? Or if your plans involve something more intensive than the comfort
of someone else’s boat or a class room? Traveling is expensive and time consuming, Try a more personalized approach to a School of Seamanship.
North Star's On The Water Training personalized school of seamanship will travel to you so you receive private instruction aboard your boat in your waters.
On The Water Training’s clients fall into several
New Boat Owner. Planning a lifestyle change? Want to buy a boat and retire but don't have the experience? Capt. Phil Cusumano will work with you and your insurance company (if necessary) to enable you and your mate to comfortably accomplish your goals.
Coastal/Offshore cruising. Learn what you need to know about weather planning, navigation, crossing bars, entering foreign harbors, communications, and diesel maintenance. You and your crew will build confidence quickly.
Docking. Let's face it: docking is the most stressful part of operating a boat for most people. Spend a couple days with Capt. Cusumano and you will learn tips and tricks that few recreational boaters know - even after a lifetime of experience.
"Spouse." The mate of an avid boater may want to know what to do in case the captain becomes suddenly incapacitated. The benefit is that both participants have more fun as both become partners, not just skipper/mate.
Whether you are novice or advanced (even Tiger Woods has a coach), have the North Star Team help you close learning gaps.
Everyone gets into boating to spend more “Quality Time” with their family. Too often that becomes “Bad Quality” because you do not know how to handle your boat.
Call or e-mail us today to discuss our programs and how affordable safety can be!
Topics May Include:
• Approaching a dock in heavy side wind
• Proper anchoring techniques
• Crew training
• Use of spring lines to move heavy boats
• Single handed docking
• What to do when you are pressed against a dock by wind/current
• Electronics: depth finder, radar, chart plotters, electronic charts
Docking - twins and singles
Learn tips and tricks for successfully handling single and twin screws in a variety of docking situations. Also the proper use of springlines and thrusters.
An in-depth presentation that demystifies basic diesel components and operational principles. Also included are tips for assuring your diesel gets thousands of hours of trouble free operation. Easy to follow organization equips boat owners with the confidence to tackle routine maintenance.
Docking - on-the-water
Techniques for "Docking" are demonstrated hands on which including springlines, backing into a berth, back and fill, and wind/current management strategies. All done on your own boat so that you will have a practical understanding of your boat at your marina or boat ramp.