Here are publicly scheduled places and dates. Other places and dates may be available. Contact us for more information.
Exuma Bahamas: 12-18 May 2024 SOLD OUT
Narragansett Bay: Summer 2024 COMING SOON
Chesapeake Bay: Fall 2024 COMING SOON
Spend a Week Learning and Sailing a Modern Cruising Catamaran!
You have some monohull sailing experience. Perhaps you've taken a NauticEd Crew, ASA 101, or RYA Day Skipper course. Maybe you've even bareboat chartered a monohull in an exotic location. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to charter or own a modern, stable cruising catamaran with tons of space aboard? Well, now you can try it out without a big commitment!
What should you expect on the live aboard cruising catamaran course? We will be sailing on our Leopard 48 sailing catamaran, Calypso, anchoring out and off the beaten path. During your course, you will experience:
Check out the links above for specific Try-A-Cat learning vacation opportunities.
Weather routing and charting: If in range, we will listen to the local cruisers net which provide us with the local wind and wave predictions. In addition, we receive weather forecasts directly from NOAA and Chris Parker of the Marine Weather Center. We will show you how to interpret the data in order to decide where we will be sailing or if we need to relocate the anchorage. By using the weather information overlaid with the local charts we can choose which way is going to be the best sailing and anchoring. You will learn how to plot the chart plotter course from the current anchorage to the next, keeping a log of our position along the way along with the wind speed, boat speed and weather conditions. We may encounter a day of too much wind and waves and choose a dinghy adventure exploring a secluded beach or moving the anchorage to make for a more comfortable night. Knowing and understanding the weather can make or break your cruising lifestyle. It is very important to get in sync with the wind and waves and you can always enjoy an uneventful trip instead of “Mr. Toad’s wild ride.”