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These courses are designed to give you the first-hand knowledge, experience, and confidence needed to live on and navigate a sailboat. This fun and dynamic learning opportunity provides a real world environment to train you in the skills needed to live the sailor lifestyle. Students will be taking part in every crew role, from sailing and navigation, weather routing, anchoring, taking care of Lintika's boat systems, and learning how to be the best crew member possible. 


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Wherever you're at on your sailing journey, Cruisers Academy's courses are customizable to meet you where you're at. Whether you are new to sailing, or have a plan to set sail in the future, our real world curriculum can be modified for you to get the most out of each course. Topics covered in the cruising courses...

  • Weather Forecasting

    • Why & how we use PredictWind

  • Passage Planning

    • How we get safely from A to B

  • Essential Safety Offshore

    • Learn about our safety equipment & protocols

  • Boat systems

    • Explore our electrical system, water maker, etc.

  • How to keep watch day & night

    • How to be efficient and safe with & crew

  • 'Best Practices' Aboard

    • Our tips from over a decade of cruising 

  • International sailing logistics

    • How to choose where we go & check in/out

  • Anchoring

    • Theory needed for a good nights sleep

  • Provisioning & cooking underway

    • Storage, keeping food fresh, & eating well

  • Crew dynamics & responsibilities

    • Essential communication to meet expectations 

  • Highs & lows of living aboard

    • How to make the most of your time aboard

  • Lots of time at the helm & working the lines

    • All positions in all conditions

  • How to adapt to whatever Poseidon throws at us! 

In addition to learning each day, you get to start each morning with a coffee in the cockpit! There will be opportunities to snorkel, paddle board, relax with a book on deck, explore beautiful Baja beaches, or do anything else you'd like on this educational vacation!


Lintika is Cruisers Academy's 1980 Passport 42',  an incredibly well built and beautiful boat made in Taiwan by the reputable Passport Yachts. This classic sailboat, designed by Stan Huntingford, has gotten a massive refit over the last several years and is as modernized as they come. As a cutter rigged sloop with a fin keel and skegged rudder, her canoe stern and additional sail set up allows her to sail incredibly close to the wind while her 20 tons keep her comfortable downwind and in heavy conditions. 


Equipped with a new Yanmar 54hp engine, a Cruiser RO Zen 100 water maker, new holding tanks for both fuel and water, new rigging and sails, new interior cushions and bedding, a new arch with 820 watts of solar and 810 amp hours of lithium batteries- she is set to sail offshore and chomping at the bit to cruise the Sea of Cortez!

She is also kitted out for optimum safety at sea with satphone capabilities, star link internet, a 6 person life raft, a MOM-8 device, EPIRB, AIS and brand new radar.

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