Sail in Asia Keelboat Skipper

A new course for Sail in Asia. The Keelboat Skipper course is a five day mostly hands on course for students who are  interested in learning to sail one of our fleet of Farr designed Platu 25's.


Our new course is set in  Phuket's coastal waters in Ao Yon Bay and the surrounding Islands. Our Keelboat Skipper course is one of the most exciting courses we offer with a huge amount of time on the water. Affordable and fun, these yachts offer everything you'd find in a larger yacht and more. TIf you learn to sail a keelboat well moving onto a cruising or racing yacht is easy.  The course starts with a two day almost 100% Learn to Sail course and then on Day 3 and 4 you learn more advanced techniquessuch as anchoring, reefing under sail, heaving to, coming up to a mooring under engine and sail and of course Man Overboard.  The full syllabus is to be found below. Day 5 is spent on a final planned Day Trip usually to an island.The great benefit of completing this course is that one can sign up for a Watch Keeper Flotilla Skipper course or be capable of joining a Flotilla holiday course.

Sailing all the way - a practical sailing course!

When you go on Sail In Asia's new keelboat course you'll be entering a new world. Do these yachts behave like dinghies or dinghies that sail like yachts? Well ... the answer is "yes they are", both!  With a keelboat like the Platu 25 you get the best of both worlds. Performance a light feel plus the joy of staying dry and not being in danger of getting wet like in a sailing dinghy.

So stop dreaming about it and getting on with booking your Sail In Asia Keelboat Skipper course.

What is a Keelboat?

A keelboat is a day sailing boat with no accommodation with a permanent keel. That's the keel sticking down into the water.  It has two main uses.

  1. It reduces how much the boat is pushed sideways by the wind.
  2. Being heavy it helps to keep the boat upright.

Keel boats a stable, not like a dinghy, more like a yacht. The Platu is a fast, fun keel boat. In windy weather you will certainly get wet!! We have 6 of these yachts now so they are ideal for group trips and competitive or fun racing.





1) Reducing sideways movement resulting from wind pressure on the sails.



2) Keeping the boat upright and stable
Additional Details:
  • Knots and ropes
  • Rigging a veassel
  • Outboard Engines
  • Steering under power
  • MOB under power
  • Picking up a mooring under power
  • Using Winches and Cleats
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Points of Sail
  • Reefing under way
  • Taking up a mooring under sail
  • Jib Aback Hove To
  • Effective sail trim
  • Understanding Tides and Currents
  • Understanding Weather
  • Safety
  • Rules of the Road
  • Planning a passage - Basic Chartwork and using an iPad or Chart plotter
  • Select and hoist the correct amount of sail
  • first step in racing using a spinnaker (weather permitting)


Previous experience: none required

Duration: 5 days

Qualifications: none required

We can help you with the following on request:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
  • What to do and where to go in Phuket

Keelboat Skipper Courses start on

1st - 5h and 15th - 19th  of every month

Not the right dates for you? Contact us, we can often arrange other dates.  Private courses are possible if you give us enough time to schedule them in.

Book 60 days early for a great discount!

Course Prices

Location Duration (days) Early Booking Discount Price (THB)
60 Days Before 30 Days Before Full Price
Phuket (TBC) 5 29,000HB 32,000THB 35,000THB
Keelboat Skipper Course

Keelboat Skipper Course

Duration: 5 Days