Learn Boating Basics

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE has taught the ABCs of enjoyable boating to millions. Earn a Massachusetts boating certificate. Spring courses begin April and May. INFO  

Advanced Boating Skills

BUILD  CONTINUED CONFIDENCE in boat handling and navigation. Coastal and offshore. Paddling, power and sail. One-evening skills seminars and advanced courses. INFO

Meet Boating Friends

GATHER WITH BOATING ENTHUSIASTS for cruises, informal get-togethers, educational activities, dinner talks and events. Welcome to our next Boat Talk.

America’s Boating Club

THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS® is America’s Boating Club®, the world’s largest recreational boating organization. For Boaters, By BoatersTM.

who we are  

Great Blue Hill Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club®. GBH launched in 1969—50 years ago—as a non-profit, educational organization. We are dedicated to making boating more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation, vessel handling and other boating subjects.

Our motto is “Come for the boating education … Stay for the friends.” We gather on cruises, at Boat Talks and for other special events where we can share our love of being on the water with fellow boaters.

Our members live primarily in Boston and the south and southwestern suburbs. However, our boats are harbored all across eastern New England: Boston harbor, Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Maine.

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Learn Boating Basics • Apr/May

Have new boat? Son or daughter need a Mass. Certificate? America’s Boating Course (the ABCs) returns for two sessions: 5 Wednesdays beginning APRIL 1 in Walpole or MAY 5 in Wellesley. DETAILS


NEW! GBH’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL is now live! Its first online videos stream the GBH 50th ANNIVERSARY slideshow, Wonderful Memories and archive footage of our 25th Anniversary Celebration. See GBH captains, mates, crew and boats across 50 years.


MONDAYS  APR 6–MAY 11 • Deepen your boat handling and seamanship skills: Rules of the Road Apr 6 • Anchoring Apr 13 • Docking Apr 20 • Winds and Waves Apr 27 • Emergencies May 4 • Knots and Lines May 11. Registration opens soon. DETAILS


JUNE 24–27, 2020 Plan now to be part of an extended weekend in Maine aboard the Grace Bailey cruising Penobscot Bay. SOLD OUT!  DETAILS


These seminars focus on expanding specific boating skills. USING VHF, March 30, brings you up-to-date with the latest marine radio features. COMPASS, April 30, fine tunes your use of this essential boat equipment. DETAILS



THURSDAY, MAY 7 • WEstwood Library

Yes it could happen to you! Essential for all boaters, this one-night seminar covers the things you need to know to protect yourself and your crew. GBH offers it FREE for all boaters.  DETAILS


boat safety 

VESSEL SAFETY CHECK – Learn how to schedule a courtesy VSC, at no charge, with a qualified USCGA or United States Power Squadrons Vessel Safety Examiner. Also learn how a VSC will improve your understanding of safety equipment and regulations. 


NEW: MA, Cuttyhunk Harbor Entry Channel Caution: 
Mariners are advised that the navigable width of the entry channel into Cuttyhunk Harbor has decreased to approximately 15 feet wide. This may cause navigability issues and restrict movement for two way traffic. Mariners are urged to maintain a proper lookout and use extreme caution while transiting the area. You may contact the local harbormaster by phone at (508) 990-7578. (First District LNM Week 29/2019)

View from the Blue

NEW!  January issue — Keep up with Great Blue Hill happenings. The current issue of our newsletter, View from the Blue, is now online. Feature articles, event flyers, the Commander’s message and more. January’s issue features two grand adventures: a Mediterranean cruise, and the joys of owning a Friendship sloop.

Resources for boaters

Check out these new websites from the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club® and friends of Great Blue Hill. They are full of tips and ideas to make your boating fun, safer and more enjoyable.

AMERICA’S BOATING CHANNEL is loaded with safe boating videos and boater education digital media created especially For Boaters, By BoatersTM . You’ll find how-to videos on basic skills, boating safety, life jackets, navigation rules, jet ski operation and more. Created with a grant from the US Coast Guard. America’s Boating Channel


 BOAT LIVE 365 BOATING IS SERIOUS FUN  Boat Live 365 empowers recreational boating groups to create a safe boating culture 365 days a year. At the Resource Library you can download materials and ideas to help spread the message. And the Come Aboard Webinar shares best practices that have worked for others. Boat Live 365


SAILANGLE is the ultimate boating community. Use this social media website to connect with boaters across America. Log in with your USPS member ID to access blogs, discussions and forums that help you use, maintain and enjoy your boat. SailAngle


CATBOAT ADVENTURES is the new YouTube Channel created by GBH’s own Jim Andersen. Check out the collection of “Skinny Waters” videos he created to give viewers a real taste of a classic New England catboat prowling the coves and rivers of Buzzards Bay. Catboat Adventures



The Kidde company has recalled some 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured since 1973. Recalled models have plastic handles that are difficult to press or may fail to function during a fire emergency. Some have broken apart in use and pose an impact danger. One death has been reported. To learn if your boat (or your home) extinguishers are being recalled and to request free replacement(s), click below.

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America’s Boating Course • Wellesley Registration @ Warren Building
Feb 21 all-day

Registration Opens Today for Wellesley Non-Residents

America’s Boating Club® – The United States Power Squadrons® have taught basic boating courses to well over one million students! America’s Boating Course meets the Massachusetts requirements for a Boating Safety Certificate.

Instructor: Joe Kelliher, AP

Registration via Wellesley Recreation Department: 781-235-2370

Registration opens for Wellesley Residents Feb. 7 • for Non-Residents Feb. 21


Engine Maintenance Course @ Westwood Senior Center
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn the basics of boat engines, inboard and outboard. Be prepared to diagnose and fix problems on the water!


NOTE: Class does not meet on March 2.

Instructor: Rusty Whitaker, AP

Engine Maintenance Course @ Westwood Senior Center
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn the basics of boat engines, inboard and outboard. Be prepared to diagnose and fix problems on the water!


NOTE: Class does not meet on March 2.

Instructor: Rusty Whitaker, AP

Engine Maintenance Course @ Westwood Senior Center
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn the basics of boat engines, inboard and outboard. Be prepared to diagnose and fix problems on the water!


NOTE: Class does not meet on March 2.

Instructor: Rusty Whitaker, AP


— Website updated February 20, 2020 —