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Boat Handling Course (1 Day)

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Boat Handling Course (1 Day)


Learn all about berthing and close quarter handling with a one day Boat Handling course.


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Boat Handling Course

Learn all about berthing and close quarter handling with a one day Boat Handling course

This One Day Boat Handling Course is designed for anyone who has some sailing experience but would like to develop boat handling skills. It is a dedicated Boat Handling Course and will not usually involve longer passages. Training will take place within the marina and harbour areas.

The course takes place on one of our Bavaria yachts with wheel helm steering. Bavaria yachts are one of the most commonly used charter yachts both in the UK and overseas and so the perfect choice if you are planning a flotilla holiday or charter.

During the day you will concentrate on perfecting a range of boat handling skills especially close quarter manoeuvres. Each participant will get the chance to work on the aspects of boat handling that they would like to improve. Please bear in mind you will be operating in tidal waters and so it may not be possible to perfectly replicate non tidal Med mooring.

The course is particularly useful for anyone chartering a yacht abroad or planning a flotilla holiday as we cover stern to mooring as well as coming along side and anchoring. Anyone who has taken the RYA Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper course will find this a useful opportunity to gain more experience and learn new boat handling skills and techniques.

Pre Requisites for Boat Handling:

  • No minimum age although we don’t take unaccompanied under 18s
  • No previous experience necessary,
  • This course is suitable for anyone.

Who should take this course:

  • Skippers and crews of sailing yachts.
  • Anyone wishing to brush up on skills prior to a charter, flotilla holiday or RYA course.

What is included:

  • Services of experienced RYA Instructor
  • Light refreshments throughout the day
  • Modern marina facilities at base within easy walking distance of public transport

What is not Included:

  • Accommodation on board may be available (£20 per night)
  • Lunch
  • Hire of waterproofs
  • Secure parking at Gosport Marina

What to expect:

  • Small classes of up to to 6 students
  • On the water training

This one day Boat Handling Course will help you 'get it right' first time!

Boat Handling Course

The Boat House, Gosport Marina

The Boat House

You can bring your own lunch when attending a Boat Handling day or enjoy the view from the on site Boat House Cafe.

Duration1 dayMaximum students : instructor6:1
LocationGosport MarinaMinimum ageAll ages
What’s includedTea, coffee and biscuitsExtrasLunch can be purchased locally or you can bring your own
WhenAll Year 0900hrs – 16.00hrsAccommodationNon residential although we may be able to provide accommodation on one of our yachts for £20.00 per night. Please bring a pillow and sleeping bag. (Can be hired)
Let us know aboutAny special requirements and needsCost£150.00

There is no formal syllabus to this non RYA training, however during this one day Boat Handling Course topics covered will include:

Berthing alongside a pontoon

Stern to mooring using lazy lines (may be simulated)

Stern to mooring using anchor  (may be simulated)

Avoiding pitfalls

Strategies to recover anchor if fouled

Man overboard exercise

Mooring on a buoy


  • Simon was really calm, non judgemental and explained things well. Really enjoyed the course. Thanks

    Gail – Boat Handling, March 2018

    Simon, as I would expect from a brass player, was clear, calm and patient. He explained what, why and how fully before we did it and after. He gave plenty of time to work through the lessons of what we did each time.

    James – Boat Handling Day, March 2018

    Emma was excellent, very calm and encouraging. There were only 3 of us so we had plenty of experience handling the boat. I learnt a lot and though I had little previous experience parking I gained confidence in boat handling.

    Patsy – Boat Handling Day, August 2016

    This boat handling skills day course was really what I needed to get more confidence before chartering this summer. Richard our instructor made sure we all got to do what we felt we needed most out of the day. Really enjoyed the day. Very professional set up.

    Julie – Boat Handling Day, May 2016

    John was an excellent instructor and we were given the choice of which aspects of boat handling that we wanted to brush up on. John was very informative and then we put into practice what we had been discussing. All four of us on the course gelled very well, thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt exactly what we had come on the course to learn! Perfect. A great course to get you back into handling a boat prior to a flotilla/bareboat holiday.

    Nigel -Boat Handling Day, July 2015

    We have just returned from a great sailing holiday in Turkey, much of the success is down to Dave who gave me and my crew the confidence to handle a 45ft yacht in tight harbours, as always the standard of your instructors is exceptional. Please pass on our thanks to Dave.

    Mark – Boat Handling Day, June 2013

    Ann and I did the boat handling course with Dave back in April, and put it all into practice on a recent flotilla holiday. The course gave us a huge amount of confidence and all of our mooring activities over 2 weeks went really well. On one occasion Ann got a spontaneous round of applause from onlookers for a particularly tricky stern-to manoeuvre. We also successfully rescued our “lead boat” when their engine failed and towed them into harbour in a force 5!

    Harry – Boat Handling Day, May 2013

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