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Boaters: Planning that long trip?

by Scott Croft 21 Sep 08:44 PDT

Whether you're looking to charter this winter season or planning your first cruise aboard your own vessel, the new online course, "Cruising Boats and Systems," will help you have a safer and more enjoyable cruise.

Offered in partnership by America's Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons, and the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, Cruising Boats and Systems is great for first-time cruisers and can be taken anytime from home, office or mobile device by going to BoatUS.org/Courses.

The online course covers both powerboats and sailboats. It covers how to select your cruising vessel and goes over a boat's mechanical and electrical systems, navigation systems and safety gear, anchoring and electronic communications. Short quizzes help course-takers understand key points. A downloadable handout is included.

"There is no single boat that's perfect for cruising," said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. "We'll help you look at what you may want to consider for a cruising boat and how to address your specific type of cruising needs. We'll also show you everything you'll need to have a fun, stress-free multi-day cruise." Most course takers will complete the course in about two hours.

Normally $30, Cruising Boats and Systems can be taken for an introductory price of $19.95 by using the coupon code "Cruising" when registering at BoatUS.org/Courses.

All BoatUS Foundation/America's Boating Club online courses can be completed at your own pace - started, stopped, and picked up again at any time, which makes them easy to fit into busy schedules. The Foundation and its partners offer a range of online and on water boating courses.

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