What is a keelboat?

Keel boats are a step up in size from dinghies, more like a small yacht but generally not as big as a cruising yacht. They can bridge the gap between dinghies and cruisers, offering many benefits of both, to the adult beginner.

Our keelboat is a Hawk 20 follow the links to see a picture or video of this type of keelboat

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It can comfortably accomodate 5 adults + our instructor.  We have waterproof jackets and trousers if the forecast is "moist" but no need for wetsuits in this boat.

We use it to teach the RYA Keelboat courses, taster session or family / group sailing for fun.


Keelboat Sailing - taster session (2 hours)

Not sure whether sailing is for you?

Find out with our taster session, an opportunity to try your hand at the basics afloat under close supervision with one of our instructors in the boat with you.

We have waterproof jackets, trousers and lifejackets to fit most sizes, but bring your own sea boots, clean wellies or similar..

Get in touch and we can book your session. We might have to be a bit flexible with times and work around the tides as the boat is on a drying mooring and needs to be afloat for any session.

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 55 View Dates
Keelboat Sailing Course RYA level 1

Course content.  How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of leaving and returning to a mooring. 

Ability after course.  Able to sail in light winds under supervision. 

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Keelboat Sailing Course RYA level 2

This 2 day course will typically follow on from the RYA level 1 course and will  cover the following topics...........

boat familiarisation, boat checks, engine, stopping & starting, prop wash, motoring, seamanship skills, anchoring, parts of boat, use of winches, hoisting sails, all points of sailing, other water users, coming up to a buoy, coming alongside, knots, weather, beaufort scale, reefing afloat, harnesses, MOB using engine, MOB using sails,tides & tidal streams, first aid kit, flares, VHF.

At the end of the course you should be able to sail in all directions and make decisions in good conditions.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
VHF course

There is some preparatory work to do so if you are planning to do this course book your place at least 10 days prior so we can post joining instructions, pre-work and text book to you.

We need a minimum of 3 students to run this course.  Course maximum is 8 students.

You need to be at least 16 years old.

The Course fee is £85 per person.    From 1st April 2018 when you have completed the course you apply online to the RYA for your certificate which costs £60.

Duration: 1 day Price: £ 85 View Dates
Radar course

A one-day course giving you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.

Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it.

Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly. It is not an all seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or interpret its picture.

Course topics include:

how the radar set works
how its adjustments and features affect the way it works
target definition
radar reflectors
types of radar display
radar plotting
the use of radar in navigation and collision avoidance

You need to be at least 16 years old.

Duration: 1 day Price: £ 85 View Dates