CPC 4000 - Course Description

Seamanship: Selection and use of equipment recommended for offshore voyages. Development and implementation of a watch standing plan for 48 hour underway rotation. 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 night time MOB recovery drills. Trouble shooting and handling underway emergencies including engine, steering, and electrical failures and loss of electronics/navigation equipment.

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, both international and inland.  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.  Dingy operations, towing techniques and securing the vessel at anchor.  Clearing customs and immigration in a foreign port and in US waters.
Systems: Understanding and use of all on board systems 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, A/C systems, auto helm and synchronizers.
Navigation: Navigating in both day and night conditions.  Use of charts in conjunction with electronic equipment as well as use of publications including  planning and en route guides.  Maintaining a proper navigation log, advanced electronics including integrated GPS, Chart Plotter, and offshore communications.
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.  Clearing customs and immigration in foreign and domestic ports-documentation, fees, requirements, location, hours of operation.
Chart Work/Navigation: Route planning including selection of the best charts for the transit areas.  Selection of the best route for the voyage given weather and sea forecasts, and potential hazards.  Determining fuel requirements and refueling locations.  Selecting and charting way points and entering into electronic navigation equipment along with electronic position fixes.  Selection and use of the various publications including Coast Pilot, Light Lists, Tide/Current Tables, Cruising Guides. Procedures for navigating at night and during periods of restricted visibility.  Fuel Planning, consumption factors and identifying refueling locations.
Provisioning: Meal planning with consideration for perishables and underway cooking.  Selection of suitable first aid kit, proper stowage of food and equipment.  Use of marine refrigerator, cooking appliances/cooking safety, and waste management.
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.
Materials/Items provided by Chapman School: 45’- 50’ power vessel, fuel and provisions for the voyage and all operating costs.  Training materials and Charts for the voyage.  3 nights dockage.  International and US cruising permits and vessel insurance.  USCG Licensed Captain/Instructor and Chapman Engineer/Instructor