Check Ride Certification

Check Ride Certification – Insurance Underwriters Evaluation – Sign Off by Captain
Evaluation and or training requested by the boat/yacht owner’s insurance company

Experienced yachters with new policies and new boat owners are often requested to have a USCG-licensed captain sign off on the yacht owner’s vessel familiarity and operation prior to the new boat insurance policy going into effect.

Captain Erik can evaluate the boat owner’s familiarity, and operating capabilities. If necessary, we train new owners so they can be safe and proficient and be signed off for their insurance companies.

If you just purchased a new boat your insurance company may require an experienced professional captain to be aboard with you for your voyage from the place of purchase to the yacht’s new home port.  Captain Erik is a USCG-licensed master.

Captain Erik will evaluate that the owner of the boat has a basic understanding of navigation and is able to demonstrate a competent ability to safely operate the vessel at sea, in a channel, and in close-quarter maneuvers, such as docking. The new owner should have a basic knowledge of the vessel’s equipped systems operation, maintenance, and simple repairs. The Owner should also be aware of the location and use of the vessel’s required safety equipment.

If the owner can demonstrate a competent ability to safely operate the vessel then this could be a simple evaluation and sign-off. Training is available if you are unfamiliar with the vessel, its systems the location of these systems

Insurance Underwriters Evaluation PDF

Whenever you own or operate a vessel you are a captain an engineer and a deckhand. Our training includes:

Engine Room Knowledge

  • Location of raw water thru hull valves
  • Sea Strainers, maintenance
  • Raw water pump location
  • Freshwater & Coolant Recovery
  • Oil, Dip Stick, and Fill Location
  • Fuel Filters: Location, Racors & Primaries
    • Can Change a Racor Filter
    • Can change a primary fuel filter
    • Are spare filters on board? location
  • Fuel Manifold: Location & Distribution
  • Batteries: Location & Distribution
  • Bilge pumps: Location
  • Generator
  • Oil dipstick location
  • Coolant location

Electrical Panel

  • Switching from Shore Power to Generator
  • Breaker Discussion (Narrative)

Safety Equipment

  • Life Jackets, type, location, and quantity
  • Flare kit, location, & expiration dates
  • Fire extinguishers, location, and quantity

VHF Radio

  • Understand Operation:
    • Mayday
    • Call for assistance
    • Weather checks

Rules of the Road

  • Lights
  • Right of way
  • Whistle signals
    • Backing
    • Getting Underway
    • Danger

Navigation charts and equipment

  • Paper and electronic charts on board for the local area
  • Read Latitude and Longitude
  • Understand Channel Markers
  • Rader: (use & understanding)
  • GPS: (use & understanding)
  • SSB (channel selection and use)

Boat Handling

  • Getting underway
  • Backing Down
  • Wind Problems
  • Anchoring
  • Storm Anchoring
  • Twin Prop use
  • Bow Thruster Use If equipped
  • Heavy Weather Techniques
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Man Overboard
  • Securing vessel in slip or at Dock
  • Running at Night