Our approach to class scheduling and structure revolves around the two most popular classes offered by US Powerboating; the Basic Powerboat Cruising (BPC) and the Inshore Powerboat Cruising (IPC) courses. We have combined these two courses into four (4) days to spread the subject matter over a reasonable time frame for a comfortable and reasonable pace to understand topics and on water activities. If a particular topic needs more attention, the schedule is flexible to accommodate more time so it’s fully understood.

In addition to the course learning, an equally important benefit to our trawler school experience is staying on the boat during your classes in the evening. Staying aboard is part of the experience of getting acclimated to life aboard a vessel. It is a perfect way to have firsthand exposure to one of the many joys of boating. Traverse City is not a bad place to stay onboard a boat either. We are two miles from downtown with easy access by bike, car or walking. It’s a beautiful stroll along the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. Our slips are located in the Centerpointe Marina and offer showers and restroom facilities and other shore side amenities.

If your schedule does not permit a four day commitment and a split of the two classes works into your available dates, call us to discuss the possibility of a separate date class.  We will do what we can to accommodate your available dates.  More advanced courses will be offered in the future for offshore passage making and night operations.

Basic Powerboat Cruising (BPC)

This two day (16-hour) hands-on, on-the-water training course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a cruising powerboat and improve their boat handling skills on actual boats. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. These national and state approvals call for the course to include a total of six to eight hours of classroom sessions covering required education topics. US Coast Guard & NASBLA Approved. Topics in this course include:

On-the-Water Sessions

Engine & Electrical SystemsDetermine Time - Speed - Distance
Bilge & Head SystemsClose-Quarters Maneuvers
Starting ProceduresDocking
Leaving & Returning to a SlipPerson in Water Rescue
Anchoring & TechniquesPlotting & Tracking a Safe Course to a Destination
Determine Position with Bearings & GPSOpen-Water Maneuvers

Classroom – Onboard Sessions

Maneuvering ConceptsEquipment Requirements
Safety, Preparation and WeatherRegistration & Capacities
Safety Equipment DemonstrationsAids to Navigation
Prep & Fueling ProceduresEnvironment Regulations
Limitations of Electronic NavigationVariation, Deviation, Compass Rose
Navigation Rules of the RoadEquipment Requirements
Vessel Ownership Responsibilities

Prerequisites: None
Age: 18 – Adult
Certification(s) Earned: NASBLA certificate, state boating education certificate (in applicable states), Basic Powerboat Cruising Certificate

Inshore Powerboat Cruising (IPC)

This Two day (16 hour) hands-on & on the water training course is for anyone who wants to safely operate and acquire the skills to navigate a cruising powerboat of multiple days and at night within sight of land. Topics covered in this course include:

On-the-Water Sessions

Engine & Electrical SystemsUse of Spring Lines
Anchoring with Two AnchorsLighted Aids to Navigation
Navigating to a GPS Waypoint & Adjust Boat's Heading AccordinglyMaintaining DR Plot with Time, Speed & Distance Calculations
Use & Care of Cruising Systems: Galley, Fresh Water, Holding Tanks & GeneratorDetermining Position Electronically & Chart Plotting
Navigation Lights of Vessel TrafficLeaving & Entering a Harbor at Night
Person in Water Rescue MethodsMooring Ball Pick Up & Drop
DockingNavigating at Night

Classroom – Onboard Sessions

Safety, Preparation & WeatherCruise Planning
Dinghy ManagementMenu Planning & Provisioning
Navigation PlanningRafting Techniques
Use of Waypoints, Ships Log, Tide & Current Tables, Cruising Guides, Coastal Pilots and Light ListsIALA & B buoy Systems
Night Vision EffectsNight Operation Safety, Prep and Briefing
Foreign Port Documentation & Procedures

Prerequisites: Basic Powerboat Cruising Certificate
Suggested Age: 18–adult
Certification(s) Earned: Inshore Powerboat Cruising Certificate

Have a boat of your own and want to learn on it?  Contact us for adapted pricing and course development for your specific vessel. Our instructors are all USCG licensed Captains.

Bay Breeze Yacht Sales reserves the option to change course dates, times, terms, condition and class vessel at any time.