Private Yacht Instruction

Increase your boating confidence and docking skills!

Private Yacht / Boating Instruction

Captain Marks utilizes her decades of experience with both motor yachts and sailboats to assist you toward your goal of operating your vessel confidently and safely. Gain confidence now and choose to be more knowledgeable about your boat while you impress your friends and keep your boat accident-free!  Her instruction always proceeds at your own pace in a comfortable and relaxed manner.

Refresher Courses Available!

Has it been awhile since you were behind the helm? Need a refresher on modern electronics and digital navigation? Captain Debra’s private instruction will get you on the “fast track” and get your boating skills sharpened again.

Courses are designed for any level or scenario:

  • Is your yacht not located in San Diego? Captain Debra can travel to you.
  • You are competent at handling the yacht, but would like to have your wife, first mate, or significant other also become an operator. This is extremely important in an emergency!
  • You just bought your first boat. The insurance company insists on instruction. Now what do we do?
  • Thinking of buying a boat and need help deciding which one to buy?
  • You’d like to feel comfortable protecting your loved ones and protecting your new asset.
  • Need assistance understanding your array of electronics?
  • Your insurance company requires you to take Boating Instruction for coverage or for a discount in your premiums.
  • You were comfortable with your last boat, but your new one is much larger and more complex.
  • You are familiar with cruising locally, but need some advice you can trust to take the cruise of your dreams.



  • Docking – Line-handling, knots, fenders
  • Pre-Departure Checklist
  • Controls & Maneuvering in All Conditions
  • Safety & Emergency Procedures
  • Navigation Rules
  • Tools & Spare Parts
  • Basic Chart Plotting
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engine Maintenance
  • Electronics
  • Fog/Nightime Navigation
  • Fuel Management
  • Communications
  • Anchoring
  • And….How to Have the Most Fun with Your Boat!

Certificate of Completion is available for your insurance company (or to frame!)


Captain Debra can teach you how to sail your own boat, or give you lessons on a Capri 22, or larger sailboat.

Captain Debra has been racing sailboats since 1992. As a past Direction of the Women’s Yacht Racing Fleet, she was involved in the 1992 & 1995 America’s Cups; has raced at Antiqua Race Week three years in a row; campaigned a Schock 35 in the So. Calif. Circuit for two years as foredeck/bow. She has raced aboard everything from a Capri 22 to a 72′ Andrews, including racing on the IACC America’s Cup yacht, Stars & Stripes.