Private Boating Instruction LLC        Women working on navigation chart

Private Boating Instruction, LLC



Inside Passage Voyage Planning

Tip for: Transiting Seymour Narrows

Navigation Slideshow:


*Estimated Position

Helpful Links:

Animated Rules of the Road

Great book on "How Boat Things Work"

Animated Aids to Navigation

Free online BoatUS Boating Safety course

Chart Reading 101

Tutorial: DSC Radio

Get private on-the-water boating instruction on your boat. The training is customized to focus on your needs and those of your boating partner. Your goals might include building skills in:

   • Docking          • Traditional navigation
   • Anchoring        • TODAY'S Electronic navigation
   • Radar            • Tides and currents
   • Autopilot        • Rules of the road
   • VHF Radio        • Inside Passage Voyage Planning

Capt. Linda Lewis (USCG 100-Ton Master) is not only a very experienced boater and Inside Passage cruiser, but also a professional, skillful teacher.

Are you a brand new boater? You can build your skills a step at a time, starting with close-quarters handling and docking.

Are you coming back to boating after a dry spell? Get help reminding yourself what you still know, becoming comfortable with your skills again, and brushing up on the newer things in boating, like today's instruments for electronic navigation.

Perhaps you are switching to a boat that is new to you and you need help using engine controls that are different for you (such as Twin engines), as well as that new electronic navigation.

Maybe you are just about ready for overnight or week-long cruising. You need yet another layer in your skill set that includes anchoring, navigation, and the use of your radar.

You might even be someone who is dreaming of cruising the Inside Passage to British Columbia or Southeast Alaska. Capt. Lewis has done the cruise many times and has presented cruising seminars at countless Boat Shows and Yacht Clubs.

If you don't have more than one person on the boat who can handle the boat, you don't have a safe boat, so both captain and crew need to build their knowledge and skills as a safety priority and as an investment in satisfying boating.

Call or email to discuss your current skill level and to identify the things that you want to learn. Look at the list above, pick out what you want to work on, and let's get started.

Set your course for confidence on the water!

Boating instruction by Capt. Linda Lewis:docking, anchoring

    Captain Linda Lewis

    Private Boating Instruction, LLC

•   U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Master's license

•   Experienced professional educator, PhD
     (U of WA Associate Professor Emeritus)

•   40 years boating experience

•   Member U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Coxswain; Instructor

•  Teaches electronic & traditional navigation course to the public
    for U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

•  Editor & contributor to Douglass Exploring SE Alaska (2007)
    cruising guide
(Book Information)

•  Member Northwest Women in Boating

•  Available as speaker at yacht clubs, boating organizations. (Email Linda)

      Topics such as:

      "Best Navigation Programs for Tablets and Smartphones"
      "Smart Tools for Boaters - Apps and Websites"
      "How to Do Paper Chart Lines of Position"
      "Currents: How to Master Them at the Dock, Underway, and at Tidal Narrows"
      "Couples Sharing the Boat Handling: Tips for Making it Work"
      "The Captain is Missing - First Mate's Survival Guide"
      "VHF Radio and AIS Basics"
      "Radar: How to Use for Navigation & Collision Avoidance"
      "Voyage Planning for the Inside Passage"

•  Cruising the Inside Passage since 1991

•  See pictures and stories from several of Linda's three-month passages to SE Alaska     at Fine Edge Publishing (

    To go directly to a photo blog, click on a link below:

SE Alaska Cruising Photos/Text by Capt. Linda Lewis
   "2011 Inside Passage Photo Blog"

   "2009 Inside Passage Photo Blog"

   "2007 Inside Passage Photo Blog"

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Captain Linda Lewis Contact Information

                - - - - - -  2016 SPEAKING SCHEDULE  - - - - - -

   SEATTLE BOAT SHOW - Jan 29 through Feb 6, 2016

        Twin-Engine Docking: How to Use the Split-Gears Technique

           Sat. Jan. 30 - 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM

        Currents: How to Master Them Underway, at the Dock, and at Tidal Narrows

           Sat. Jan. 30 - 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM

        Boat Handling for Couples: Practical Tips for Smooth Teamwork

           Sun. Jan. 31 - 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM

        If the GPS System Gets Cyber-Hacked: Can You Do Paper Chart Lines of Position?

           Sat. Feb. 6 - 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

           Seminar Descriptions

   NAVIGATION COURSE - Sponsored by USCG Auxiliary

        Capt. Linda Lewis primary instructor

        Starts Tuesday March 8, 2016 - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM - Shoreline, WA

        Ten Week course includes:

        • How to Read Electronic and Papers charts
        • How to Use Today's Navigation Tools: Smartphones, Tablets, Chartplotters, PCs
        • Practice Plotting Routes and Dead Reckoning: Electronic and Paper
        • How to use your Radar, AIS, Autopilot to Enhance Navigation
        • Practice Using Tides and Current Info - specific to the West Coast

        For Information and Course Registration (Space is limited), click here:  (Email)

   TRAWLERFEST - ANACORTES WA - Tuesday May 17, 2016

        Currents: How to Master Them Underway, at the Dock, and at Tidal Narrows

           Tues. May 17 - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

        Boat Handling for Couples: Practical Tips for Smooth Teamwork

           Tues. May 17 - 10:45 AM to 12:30 PM

           Seminar Descriptions and Registration



PassageMaker magazine article - Feb 2009
   Click here for information on obtaining the article at:
   Passagemaker magazine

   At the Passagemaker website, also read about one of Linda's
   "Radar Training Exercises"

   and her experience "Towing a Disabled Vessel"
   (Author: Sally Bee Brown)

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Captain Linda Lewis Contact Information