NAUT 002a/bx Advanced Deepwater Cruising
Senior Skipper / Advanced Senior Skipper
Offered Fall and Spring
Weekly 2-hour lecture or equivalent
8 Hr. Atlantas Orientation: Skipper Preparedness Training
20 Hr. Keelboat Instruction (Naut 002ax)
20 Hr. Keelboat Instruction (Naut 002bx)
8 Hr. Practical Operations – Artemis (Naut 002ax)
8 Hr. Practical Operations – Artemis (Naut 002bx)
2 day NROTC Midshipmen Training Sail – Atlantas (Fall and Spring)
2 day Naut 00lax voyage as 2nd Mate – Atlantas (Fall and Spring)
2 Naut 001ax voyages as crew (4 days total, Fall and Spring)
Prerequisite: NAUT 001ax and 001bx (or equivalent experience)
In both Senior Skipper classes, students are trained for vessel command at sea. Students crew as Watch Captains (essentially teaching assistants) with the 001ax and 001bx classes. It is encouraged that as many of these trips be made as possible. Ultimately, enrollment will dictate the exact number of voyages, but each Senior Skipper student should plan to crew on 2 NAUT 001ax voyages (4 days total) and 1 NAUT 001ax voyage as 2nd mate on Atlantas (2 days total). One focuses on advanced navigation, vessel systems, regulations, and trip planning and the other on anchoring and docking techniques.
The classroom seminar format covers topics, including safety, marlinspike seamanship, navigational rules and regulations, advanced navigation problems, celestial navigation, command and vessel operations, damage control, marine engines, and advanced marine weather. As available, field trips are arranged to a boatyard, sail loft, fiberglass boat factory, and a life raft inspection station.
NAUT 002ax is offered in the Fall semester; 002bx in the Spring. While either class may be taken first, there are benefits to taking them in order.
Vessel Command Skills – including applied:
- Rules of the Road
- Right of Way
- Lights and Shapes
- Sound Signals
Advanced Marine Weather
Boat Handling (including man overboard recovery)
CNET Skills Profile for Senior Skipper Course (NAUT 002ax)
Mission: Train students at the advanced level in the general skills of operation of auxiliary sail vessel to 50’ including anchoring, docking, advanced navigation including celestial navigation, command under sail alone, marlinspike seamanship, damage control, use of life saving equipment, rules of the road: lights and day shapes, operational systems, man overboard, advanced electronics including GPS, Radar and AIS, as well as the physics of vessel operation.
Profile Statement: Skills Taught
- Demonstrate marlinspike seamanship including splicing, eye splicing, back splicing, end splicing.
- Know types of line and appropriate usage.
- Demonstrate knowledge of docking theory and practical skills in vessel control.
- Demonstrate knowledge of anchoring procedures and types of anchors as well as practical application of these procedures.
- Supervise and apply advanced navigational skills at sea including advancing LOPs, turn bearings, set and drift, ETA, electronic navigation, and celestial navigation.
- Apply learned skills by sailing and docking under sail alone.
- Demonstrate and apply skills dealing with emergency procedures including man overboard, use of EPIRB, life jacket use and requirements, emergency VHF procedures, life raft use, damage control including fire and flooding, electrical failure and steering failure.
- Identification of vessel collision potential and demonstration of techniques of collision avoidance.
- Obtain First Aid and CPR certification.
- Knowledge of implication of grounding a vessel, use of proper dayshapes and lights to identify the situation and the techniques for safely refloating the vessel.
- Demonstration of knowledge of sailing trim, balance, reefing under heavy weather, heaving to and “in extremis.”
- Supervise and demonstrate skills both theoretical and practical by vessel operation during both a day and night transit as officer of the deck.
CNET Skills Profile for Advanced Senior Skipper Course (002bx)
Mission: Train students at the advanced level to take command of vessels up to 50’, issuing orders and conducting the vessel safely at sea, awareness of environmental responsibility, marine weather judgments, judgments of vessel and equipment adequacy, refined sail trim, damage control and safety at sea, equipment use, applied rules of the road, day shape and light identification and their bearing in collision avoidance precautions, as well as emergency procedures.
Profile Statement: Skills Taught
- Demonstrate ability to command a large cruising sail vessel at sea both day and night, issuing orders in an appropriate and judicious manner.
- Demonstrate knowledge of practical and applied techniques with regard to environmental protection including waste disposal, bilge effluents, use of bottom antifouling paints, etc.
- Demonstration of skill in identification of various weather conditions and appropriate measures taken in the command and conduct of the vessel at sea, use of storm sails and low visibility signals in fog.
- Demonstrated ability to discern adequacy and condition of vessel equipment including rigging, hull condition, engine condition, and adequacy of operational systems and safety gear.
- Discuss and demonstrate towing equipment and theory as well as jury rig techniques to meet various emergency situations.
- Identify key elements in various damage control situations and apply appropriate practical measures to adequately address the damage control problem.
- Identify the vessel operating environment with regard to lights and day shapes, and collision avoidance and take appropriate measures to adequately command the vessel in these situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify various specific problems regarding the engine and mechanical propulsion system and to rectify the problems in an appropriate and seamanlike manner.
- Identify the main elements of a vessel construction indicating the purpose of these elements relevant to the nature of laws of physics governing the vessel.
- Conduct a complete man overboard drill, using a floating marker, including alarm and precautions to prevent man overboard, and practical retrieval procedures.
- Review and demonstrate techniques in organization of crew and maintaining crew teamwork. Define the relevant work stations.
- Demonstrate appropriate navigational and vessel record keeping and watch keeping procedures.
- Indicate the proper course of action to be taken in various human casualty and bodily harm situations and methods of prevention of such accidents aboard.