We offer own boat tuition along the south coast Newhaven Brighton Chichester Porstmputh SouthamptonBuild your confidence with own boat tuition

Own boat tuition is a great way to learn sailing adapted to you and your vessel. We offer personalised tuition on your own boat. We are often approached by people wanting to be more confident manoeuvring their vessel in tight situations like on and off pontoons and we can arrange short half day sessions for this. We are also able to support people who may be completely new to boat ownership and have plans to travel far afield. Basically, we work it around you and encourage you to develop as owner and skipper. We operate along the south coast between Eastbourne and the Solent, covering the boating areas of Newhaven, Brighton and Chichester among others.

“Thanks to Jacquie at the Sail Boat Project my onboard engine is a lot less daunting. After an engine maintenance tuition I now have the understanding and confidence to check and replace all my filters, replace the impeller, bleed the fuel system, check and clean the exhaust parts, and learned some great troubleshooting and cleaning tips. Looking forward to learning more. Highly recommend this if you want to get to know your engine” – Louise

Own boat tuition can only be for the boat’s owner and the owner’s close friends. We can offer any of our usual RYA training courses or assess your level and take it from there. The boat does not need to be safety coded with the Coastguard, but it should be suitably equipped with safety gear – see below ‘What you need to provide’.

The owner holds ultimate responsibility for their vessel and for insuring it for tuition.

Our own boat tuition is delivered by commercially endorsed skippers,  with RYA instructing qualifications for courses.

Rates

£125/half day or £250/day for up to four people.

£400/two days, then £200/extra days.

If you are on a low income we can offer a 10% discount please contact us for details.

We have skippers available in Brighton, Chichester and Poole and their travel expenses are included in this area. Beyond this area reasonable travel expenses are extra. We also ask that you provide food and accommodation (if not available onboard). We reserve the right to decide how many people we want onboard to effectively crew the boat (minimum and maximum numbers), although for RYA courses there is a maximum of five people learning.

Book now using one of the options below.

A Typical Day

Here's a short video showing the results of a few day's own boat tuition. We worked with Ed onboard his boat Moondancer, giving him the confidence to venture further from his home port of Newhaven. We got him and his friends past Beachy Head, learnt to use the cruising chute and practised safety manoeuvres. This then led to a trip west to the Solent, with one of our instructors assisting, but leaving Ed and his crew to make the return trip on their own.

UPDATE: Ed and Moondancer and company have made their way across the Bay of Biscay, down to Gran Canaria and on their way to West Africa - October 2015

FAQ

Do I need certain equipment?
Yes, please refer to 'What you need to provide' below. We can help you source or loan you certain items.

Can you run RYA courses on my boat?
Yes we can, for you, your friends and family.

How many people can you instruct on my boat?
It all depends on the size of your vessel and the equipment you carry.

What our previous boat owners said

default image

own boat tuition engine maintenanceThanks to Jacquie at the Sail Boat Project my onboard engine is a lot less daunting. After an engine maintenance tuition I now have the understanding and confidence to check and replace all my filters, replace the impeller, bleed the fuel system, check and clean the exhaust parts, and learned some great troubleshooting and cleaning tips. Looking forward to learning more. Highly recommend this if you want to get to know your engine.

18th May 2016

default image

Steve was wonderful, very calm, no nonsense and supportive we liked him a lot.

Lots to do and learn over the coming weeks, the boat will definitely be our focus for some time to come….

I will be in touch to organise some own boat tuition in the near future, many thanks indeed.

Helen 1st December 2015

default image

Brilliant tuition with real empathy and skill ..a big thank you

Jonathan 1st December 2015

default image

It was great,  perfectly pitched for the various amounts of experience of the crew. Very hands on and it felt like we covered loads of different aspects. We had a great couple of days together and just want to do more! So much to learn - Big up the Sail Boat Project!

Ed 23rd November 2015

default image

I have used Sail Boat Project for own boat tuition extensively since purchasing my boat last summer – both for boat handling sessions in the marina as well as short sailing trips. I cannot recommend this school highly enough – the instructors are very patient and knowledgeable! I lacked skills & confidence handling a traditional long keeled sailing yacht – in the space of just few months the school has helped me to make great progress. It has been a fantastic investment in terms of both time and money

It's great to be back in Chichester in my old berth! Saying that, sailing to Brighton and back was a really good experience so I'm in no way regretting it. Recently I have been making short trips here in the harbour & berthing the boat on my own - so things are progressing nicely and I couldn't have done it without you guys! 

Oksana 27th October 2015

What you need to provide
Below is a list of required equipment that we expect there to be onboard. We can help you source or loan you anything you don't have:
Anchor
Bilge pump (manual as well as electric)
Radar reflector
Flares for the waters in which you will use your boat
Fire extinguishers and fire blanket
Lifejackets (with harness) plus safety strops
Liferaft if doing coastal passages
Horse shoe buoy(s) with light
Dan buoy
Man overboard recovery equipment
VHF Radio
Navigational equipment (Almanac, charts, plotter, dividers and GPS)
First Aid kit
Mooring warps and fenders
Spare fuel
Tool kit
Depth and speed
Engine spares – fuel/oil filters, drive belt, impeller spare oil
What We Provide

We can help you source or loan you equipment from the list above that you don't have. We can also give you access to our extensive library of sailing books and sail training resources.

 

Book half a day £125

Book one day £250

Book two days £400

If you want to talk to one of our instructors or have a more general enquiry either call (+44) 07576 248 348 or fill in the form below.
We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone Number

Subject

Your Message