Powerboat Lessons

Power Course

The Powerboat lessons were created for Pinnacle members and their crew, with limited or no boating experience, that seek to build the skills needed to handle their Pinnacle yacht safely and confidently.


Pinnacle believes that the best learning occurs by doing. With this in mind, this course is conducted on your Pinnacle yacht or an identical yacht in the Pinnacle fleet; and is structured to provide much practical, hands-on experience. The course covers:

  • Yacht equipment and uses
  • Operating principles and techniques
  • Safety procedures
  • Navigation rules
  • Docking and mooring
  • Anchoring
  • Night piloting


The course is comprised of three lessons which are conducted on the water, plus an online pre-requisite lesson, an in-class seminar, and an online exam.

On-the-water lessons occur early in the season, prior to your first personal use of your yacht and do not take away from your allotment of time. The online materials are prerecorded and can be viewed anytime after the lesson series has begun from your computer or mobile device.

Most Chicago power boating lessons happen on weekday evenings, and on weekend days and evenings, such that they do no disrupt typical business hours. An online course catalog is published in the Spring which presents multiple course schedule options to fit your particular needs.


$900 per person for the entire series.

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“I wanted to let you know how much I, and my family, have enjoyed working with you and Pinnacle Yachts. When I started with your company I really did not know what to expect since I was new to boating. Your patient instruction and uncanny availability when I needed help was wonderful and added tremendously to my enjoyment of the boating experience. When I started, I simply knew I wanted to experience boating without the hassles and expense of boat ownership. Pinnacle, and particularly you [Alan], have been a great and [have made it a] very enjoyable experience. I now know that I can handle at least a 34 foot powerboat and how much fun boating can be for the whole family.”

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