NORTH FORT MYERS, Florida - Florida Sailing & Cruising
School (FS&CS) has created a new 36-page student guide
for its Inland Powerboat Cruising (P-102) course based
at Marinatown Marina in North Fort Myers, Florida.
The new textbook/workbook will be used by students
enrolled in a range of courses aboard trawlers with
single or twin engines from 32 to 50 feet in length.
Students live aboard the vessels for the three-day
course. Inland Powerboat Cruising courses teach students
how to plan, prepare, and execute a three-day inland
waterway cruise with at least one night at anchor.
Barbara Hansen of FS&CS said students combine workbook
study with hands-on study to learn to use charts,
tide tables, cruising guides, and local knowledge.
They learn how to fix the vessel's location while
underway, correct the compass heading, determine speed
over ground, select secure overnight anchorage, and
launch and retrieve a tender. Students also are expected
to learn how to properly handle such emergencies as
a fouled propeller, loss of steering, person overboard,
and engine trouble.
Courses, scheduled for the convenience of the students,
are limited to four students. Reservations also are
being accepted now for participation in Basic Power
Boating (P-101), a three-day course, and Combination
Handling and Cruising (P-101 and P-102), a comprehensive
six-day course. Students may also reserve their participation
in Offshore Powerboat Cruising, an eight-day course
that includes a round-trip cruise from Fort Myers
to Key West. First Mate, a two-day course, combines
yacht and classroom instructions to teach the first
mate on board the safe boating and seamanship skills
necessary to be an effective first mate on a recreational
powerboat. Safe Boating 101, a one-day classroom course,
helps students new to boating learn terminology, knots
and lines, seamanship tips and protocols, and read
Florida Sailing & Cruising School is a division
of Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc., which operates
one of the largest yacht charter fleets in Florida.
The charter and instruction fleet consists of more
than 20 sail and power yachts at two locations, Marinatown
Marina in North Fort Myers and Burnt Store Marina
on Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda. All courses are
taught by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. Sailing
instructors are also certified by the American Sailing