CPC 3000 - Course Description

Students will plan and run a 5 day live-aboard coastal voyage on a vessel up to 50' in length. Students will lay out the navigation plan, secure the vessel, check all safety items and systems, review weather information and research marinas for each day. Students will be broken up into two groups  sharing equal time while underway and during training sessions. Two full time instructors will be onboard working with students throughout the 5 day underway voyage.

Areas of concentration while onboard:

Seamanship:  Familiarization with equipment recommended for offshore voyages, and safety. Knowledge and recommended treatment of seasickness and hypothermia. The selection and correct use of pyrotechnic devices for distress signaling. Strategies for heavy weather boat handling and for survival at sea including abandoning ship and life raft operations/procedures, abandon ship drills and MOB recovery drills. Procedures for navigating at night and during periods of restricted visibility. Trouble shooting and handling underway emergencies including engine, steering, and electrical failures and loss of electronics/navigation equipment.

Coastal Navigation:  Predicting tides and currents using appropriate tables, route planning including the use of waypoints. Navigating in both day and night conditions. Use of charts in conjunction with electronic equipment as well as use of publications including planning and enroute guides. Maintaining a proper navigation log. Advanced electronics including integrated GPS, Chart Plotter, and communications.

Systems:  Understanding and use of all onboard systems underway and at anchor. Use of Galley Equipment and cooking safety underway and at anchor. Advanced system troubleshooting and maintenance including: Diesel engine bleed down, Pumps, Changing impellers, filters and strainers, AC/DC systems, Generator operations, Fuel systems, Steering systems, Hydraulic systems, Freshwater systems, Auto helm, Synchronizers.

Rules of the Road:  Knowledge and recognition of navigation lights and day shapes, understanding and applying vessel chain of command and watch standing procedures.

Voyage Planning:  Conduct a thorough pre-departure vessel check including voyage critical systems and through hulls, mandatory and recommended safety equipment, and proper operations of propulsion and steering equipment. Fuel planning – range and refueling availability. Food and water planning and management including contingencies for emergencies.

Overnight Considerations:  Correct procedure for anchoring safely and securely including calculating proper scope. Procedure for setting up anchor watch and using bearings to check vessel position.

Lodging:  Chapman School will make reservations for the following nights:
  • Monday night at Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach
  • Tuesday night at Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale
  • Wednesday night at Marriott in Coconut Grove, Miami.

Each student will pay for their share of the room cost upon checkout. Chapman School is not responsible for the cost of lodging. Average cost of lodging along the route can vary depending on seasonal rates and the route followed. The average cost per person plus tax is approximately $65.00 per night, double occupancy.

Voyage Execution: Safe conduct of the vessel to its intended destination and return. Following a watch standing schedule with rotation over a minimum 48 hour period performing duties of each of the following positions: Captain, Engineer, Navigator and Lookout.

Vessel Management / Helmsmanship:  Maneuvering vessel safely in close quarters–docking and undocking. Use of the ship's compass and electronic equipment to keep vessel on course. Correct application of Rules of the Road. Use of correct boat handling techniques / procedures to transit inlets. Maneuvering the vessel using the correct methods for heavy weather and conducting MOB recovery using two different methods in day and night conditions.