Learn Boating Basics

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE has taught the ABCs of enjoyable boating to millions. Earn a Massachusetts boating certificate. 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.

America’s Boating Club

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

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 enjoy fellow boaters and share our love of being on the water.

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Events

NEWPORT BOAT SHOW • ABC WORKSHOPS

SEPT 13 – 16 • Over 13 acres of boats and exhibits! Plus, USPS/America’s Boating Club offers FREE workshops in boat handling and electronics.  Details

WINTERIZE YOUR BOAT • WORKSHOP

TUESDAY, Sept 18 • Save money. Gain control. As winter arrives, be sure your boat is ready! This workshop covers outboard and inboard engines, water systems and protection from wind and snow.  Details & Registration

INTRO TO KNOTS •  WORKSHOP

TUESDAY, Sept 25 • Boaters need knots – to tie up to the dock and much more. In this intro workshop, you’ll learn the five essential boating knots, PLUS whipping and splicing.  Details & Registration

CHARTPLOTTER •  STUDY GROUP

THURSDAYS, Oct 11 – Nov 1 • The GBH Chartplotter Study Group focuses on the things boaters really want to know about these essential navigation devices. Join for fun or for USPS credit. Details & Registration

boat safety 

VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS – 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. 

KIDDE RECALLS FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

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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Calendar

Sep
25
Tue
Workshop – Knots @ Westwood Senior Center
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KNOTS, WHIPPING & SPLICING – One-evening workshop. Learn hands-on the basic knots all boaters must know, plus how to whip a line and splice a loop. Details & Registration to come.

Oct
11
Thu
Study Group – Chartplotters, Session 1 @ Westwood Senior Center
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CHARTPLOTTERS – 4 Session Study Group. Learn the secrets of the most important navigation device on your boat. Details & Registration to come.

Oct
18
Thu
Study Group – Chartplotters, Session 2 @ Westwood Senior Center
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CHARTPLOTTERS – 4 Session Study Group. Learn the secrets of the most important navigation device on your boat. Details & Registration to come.

Oct
25
Thu
Study Group – Chartplotters, Session 3 @ Westwood Senior Center
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CHARTPLOTTERS – 4 Session Study Group. Learn the secrets of the most important navigation device on your boat. Details & Registration to come.

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