Tuesday April 30th, 2024
4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET

Operating A Catamaran

Learn the essentials of sailing and operating a cruising catamaran safely and effectively, whether you plan to buy, charter, or simply want to understand the differences from monohulls.
90-Minute Live Session
On Demand Replay Available
Live Q&A
Catamarans comprise a large and growing percentage of the cruising and chartering market. In the online class, Lisa & Andy Batchelor, writers of ASA’s Cruising Catamarans Made Easy textbook, will explain how to sail a cruising catamaran and maneuver it while under power.  Make the most of your multihull experience by learning how to operate a catamaran safely and effectively. 

We think it's important to share why we’re so passionate about teaching you what we've learned about sailing. See, we teach it because we live it. It wasn’t too long ago that we were trying to figure out how to chart our journey and set sail. We did all the research, watched the YouTube videos, and read thousands of articles and blog posts. Everyone was saying something different! It was overwhelming and made the decision to start our adventure even harder. Quite frankly, we were nearly terrified... But we didn't give up on our dream life. Through trial and error we found what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work. Over the last few years, we’ve been able to help change thousands of people’s lives by sharing our experiences.

Chris and Keith of Bluewater Cruising

Operating A Catamaran


Who is this class for?

Suitable for all levels of sailors, this online class is for anyone wanting to explore the basics and the finer points of operating a cruising catamaran, and who wish to learn the techniques for sailing, motoring and docking.

What Will I Learn?

Discover how a catamaran’s structural features affect its stability, speed and maneuverability. Lisa and Andy will cover basic sail plans, sail controls, and techniques for effective performance on all points of sail, tacking and jibing as well as Man Overboard recovery. You’ll learn how to maneuver a twin-engine catamaran under power, including techniques for mooring, anchoring, docking alongside and docking in a slip.


  • Stability features
  • Helm position pros and cons
  • Catamaran rigs
  • Sail options – mainsail, jib/genoa, screechers and spinnakers
  • Sail and rigging controls
  • Reefing techniques
  • Upwind, Reaching and Downwind trim and techniques
  • Maneuvering under Power
  • Motoring at cruising speed
  • Close quarters maneuvering
  • Mooring, anchoring and Mediterranean mooring
  • Docking alongside and in a slip


Sail Solomons ASA School & Charter Base, Founders

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both lifelong sailors and retired military officers. Andy served in the Royal Air Force in aviation and intelligence, and Lisa served in the US Navy in aviation, meteorology and oceanography – a combination of skills that have proven very useful to sailing and passagemaking.

They founded and operated Sail Solomons ASA school and charter base, receiving numerous awards for ASA Outstanding School and Outstanding Instructors. Andy and Lisa are the writers of five ASA textbooks.


Cruising for seven years onboard their Passport 47 ZINGARO and Outbound 46 KINETIC, Andy and Lisa have made numerous coastal passages and ocean voyages, conducting cruising and passagemaking training while living aboard in exotic locations.  They have conducted instructional passages on many makes and models of cruising and performance catamarans. They also organize and lead sailing flotillas on catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean. Andy and Lisa are regular speakers at Cruisers’ University and present many live and virtual seminars.

Andy and Lisa launched Kinetic Sailing to offer marine consulting, charter brokerage, instructional yacht deliveries and tailored instruction with a global scope. They are USCG Captains, ASA Master Instructors, cruisers, racers, analysts and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.


Tuesday, April 30th, 2024
@ 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET (90 min)

Regular Price
ASA Member Price


All registrations include unlimited on-demand access to the recordings of the live online class. So if you are unable to attend live you can still register and watch at your leisure.


American Sailing Members can claim their discount in the Member Portal. If you're not a current member then for only $59/year you can join or renew today!
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