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 SailNashville RPBA Stern Drive/Outboard Course
Tennessee's Only Hands-On Powerboat Certification Course

SailNashville is an approved affiliate school of the Recreational Power Boating Association. SailNashville offers the only hands-on powerboat certification course in Tennessee.

Boat Safer. Boat Smarter.

Course Offering:  RPBA 1103 Stern Drive/Outboard
Length: Two-day course
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(lecture portion of the class may be conducted by Zoom during portions of the year over a 2 - 3 day period)
Class Size:  Limit of three students per class
Offered March through November, weather permitting
Class Schedule:  Tuesday - Wednesday each week
Cost:  $995.00 per student, includes textbook, certification fees, and boat usage
Instruction Boat:  17' Zodiac Pro Cruise 550 DP, 90hp Mercury
Teaching Location:  Hamilton Creek Marina, Percy Priest Lake

Topics to be Covered in RPBA 1103

Boat Handling Fundamentals and Control

Key elements affecting boat handling and control

  • Hull type and shape
  • Load and weight distribution
  • Type of propulsion system
  • Wind and current

Propulsion Systems

  • I/O
  • Outboards
  • Jet Drive
  • Single and twin configurations

DIrect Thrust Characteristics

  • I/O
  • Outboards
  • Jet Drive


  • Pitch
  • Diameter
  • Rotation

Prop Walk

Basic/Intermediate Maneuvers in Close Quarters

Advanced Skills for Tight Spaces

  • Spring line, using pilings and docks

Vessel Control "Inputs"

  • Shifters/gears
  • Throttles
  • Helm/Wheel
  • Neutral

Steering Dynamics

  • Pivot Point
  • Steering with Directed Thrust
  • Reverse Gear-Bow Swing
  • Stopping
  • Spring Lines

Safety Equipment Required

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