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Cape Lookout Sail
and Power Squadron


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A unit of the
United States Power Squadrons®
District 27
New Bern, North Carolina


New Bern Grand Marina

New Bern is located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers in eastern North Carolina. We are in a great boating location! The Neuse River broadens substantially as it flows from New Bern to Pamlico Sound. The wide, uncrowded, expanses of water in the river and in the sound provide excellent sailing opportunities.


Cape Lookout Sail and Power Squadron (CLSPS) was established in 1960 as a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting boating safety and education.

CLSPS members are eligible to take advanced courses, in which they further develop their proficiency in seamanship, navigation, and related skills such as cruise planning. CLSPS activities also include social events such as cruises and rendezvous. Monthly dinner meeting are combined business and social affairs. Contact Pamela Leahy (Membership Chairperson) at pamela@marinercanvas.com or 252-638-7064 for information about joining CLSPS.

Civic Service

Public Boating Course

This course provides general information on boating safety, piloting and navigation. Students completing this course will have met the minimum requirements of states having a mandatory recreational boating education. The 8-hour format covers all of the NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) required topics. Also covered is North Carolina State law pertaining to boat operation and ownership. Students can take the course for either 8 or 12 hours. The 12-week option covers chart reading, plotting courses and determining position. For more information contact Kurt Weinheimer at wkurtsails@embarqmail.com or 252-638-4743 or Jim Scheer at jim.scheer@gtri.gatech.edu or 252-224-0603.

America's Boating Course® is offered in the following two formats:


  • Skipper responsibilities
  • Boat terms and types
  • Marine VHF radio
  • Aids to navigation
  • Boat handling
  • Government and State regulations
  • Adverse conditions and emergencies
  • Trailering
  • Personal water craft operation
  • Introduction to Digital Charts
  • Maptech Chart Navigation Program


  • 8-hour topics plus the following
  • Charts
  • Plotting a Course
  • Distance, speed and time (dead reckoning)
  • Determining Position (latitude/longitude)
  • Mariner’s Compass
  • GPS
  • Digital Charts

Proctored Exams For On-Line Courses

Anyone who has completed an on-line public boating course and would like to take the proctored exam can do so by contacting Kurt Weinheimer at 252-638-4743, or Jim Scheer at 252-876-3733.

Vessel Safety Checks

Courtesy inspections are available to all boatowners. When you are ready for an inspection or just have a question, contact one of our trained vessel examiners.

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