Learn Boating Basics

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE has taught the ABCs of enjoyable boating to millions. Earn a Massachusetts boating certificate. Fall 2021 course: Walpole, Wednesdays Sept 29-Oct 27. 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.  INFO

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 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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The ABCs • Begins Sept 29

Have a new boat? Need a refresher? America’s Boating Course will give you the basics. Plus for your family members, it provides a Massachusetts safe boating certificate. DETAILS

Courses & Seminars Online • Always Available

Our parent organization, the United States Power Squadrons®, has paired with the BoatUS Foundation to offer many of our educational offerings online. America’s Boating Club®/USPS members receive a discount. 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.

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. 

View from the Blue

NEW!  June 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. The June issue gives details of our summer cruises in Maine and Cape Cod!

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


CATBOAT ADVENTURES is the new YouTube Channel created by GBH’s own Jim Andersen, AO. 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.

Live Wind Speed


Maine Windjammer Cruise • Districts 12-14-19 @ Maine Windjammer Cruises
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day

District 12 Commander Joe Kelliher, AP, has rescheduled last fall’s Maine windjammer cruise, which was cancelled due to COVID. Contact him for more info on the new cruise.

America’s Boating Course • Walpole @ Walpole Public Library
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

GBH Summer Cruise @ GBH Summer Cruise
Oct 6 – Oct 8 all-day

We’re Back! Our first post-COVID cruise is set for this August in Sandwich and Barnstable Harbors. Contact Jim Andersen for details.

Maine Windjammer Cruise • Districts 12-14-19 @ Maine Windjammer Cruises
Oct 6 – Oct 9 all-day

District 12 Commander Joe Kelliher, AP, has rescheduled last fall’s Maine windjammer cruise, which was cancelled due to COVID. Contact him for more info on the new cruise.


— Website updated July 9, 2021 —