Docking & Maneuvering
On the Water Docking & Maneuvering Lessons

Have you just purchased a new or larger boat? Do close quarters situations make you uneasy? An experienced Licensed Captain will come aboard YOUR boat (large or small) and train you in proper vessel orientation, docking & handling skills and using your navigational electronics. Boatwise offers personalized docking & maneuvering services throughout New England.

Rates: Only $99.00/hour + $25.00/hour over 50 miles from instructors home base.
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"On Board" Radar Training

Picture yourself in the fog or the darkness of night navigating with only your Radar and GPS/Chartplotter. It doesn't get any more realistic than this. Most non-commercial mariners only use about 25% of the capabilities of their instruments.

This (4) hour underway class is held on the New Boatwise Training Vessel "Red or White?", a 35ft Custom Donelle Downeast Cruiser Ė one of only 6 built. She was just outfitted with the latest in RAYMARINE Electronics in August 2018.and will focus on the set up, use and interpretation of Radar, as well as your GPS Chartplotter, Autopilot, 3D Fishfinder / Sonar, Sirius Weather, and other associated navigation electronics.

A brief review of Chartplotter, Radar, Sonar theory will be followed by an in depth review of the set up menu's and controls. We will then get underway and start actually using the instruments. Because the vessel is equipped with (2) 16 inch LED touch screen displays, each attendee will have plenty of time pushing buttons and changing settings. We will discuss/demonstrate collision avoidance and navigation techniques using both Doppler Radar and Chartplotter information at hand. Other topics covered will include the use of the New Radar Doppler target tracking functions as well as AIS and Radar/chart overlay and setting up guard zones. We will also build and edit waypoints and routes on the Chartplotter as well as incorporating the Autopilot.

The course includes a class syllabus. Classes are held casting off from our homeport of Hampton River Marina in Hampton, NH as well as Newburyport Harbor.

New Raymarine Equipment Just Installed

  • (2) New 16Ē Axiom Pro Widescreen MFD / Touchscreen displays
  • 24Ē 24 mile Quantum 2 Doppler Radar
  • AIS 700 Class B Transceiver
  • RealVision 3D and 1kW CHIRP Sonar (Pro RVX)
  • Single channel CHIRP sonar (Pro S) w/ Sidescan and Downvision
  • SR150 SiriusXM active weather module with chart overlay capability
  • ACU 300 Autopilot control System
  • i70S multifunction display module.
  • Laptop PC Navigation systems

Tuition: $249.00 (incl. class syllabus) - Class Size: Min: 2 students; Max: 4 students (Note: special classes?locations can be arranged.) Available for other Ports of Call by appointment).

Voyage Planning and Execution

This five (5) hour underway class will start by developing the plan for a local voyage using both conventional plotting and electronic techniques. Once the courses and support information are developed, the class will execute the voyage, using the plan. The voyage will include a brief stop at the destination port of Rockport, MA (docking subject to space available). The demonstration and use of all electronic navigation instruments will include Radar, Chartplotters, Auto Pilot and Sonar. This class is meant to teach the mariner the steps in planning a voyage to destinations they have not visited before.

Tuition: $249.00 - Min: 3 students; Max: 6 students
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Night Cruising Classes

Cruising at night is spectacular, but often intimidating. This 5 hour underway class will show the mariner how to use the available night time "aids to navigation" as well as the other tools to determine position and safe course info. After some instruction, the class will be brought to an unknown location and asked to establish their position and develop a safe course back to home harbor w/o electronics.

Tuition: $249.00 - Min: 3 students; Max: 6 students
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Boatwise, LLC ®
72 Woodman Road
So. Hampton, NH 03827

Tel: 800-698-7373