privilege academy

The purchase of any liveaboard sailing yacht can be stressful. The first year of ownership is usually the most challenging and we at Privilege Catamarans America are determined to make that transition to your new life much more enjoyable.
Privilege Academy Docking
Learning to dock the boat.

Privilege Academy in the BVI

We know from experience that if the new owner has a working knowledge of the vessel’s electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, delivery day will bring more joy and less jitters. The experience of sailing, anchoring and docking your new boat increases your confidence.

That’s why twice a year we invite new owners to participate in our program. Below is a preview of what is in store for you when you join us.

Engine Room - Plumbing & Mechanical
Understanding the mechanical systems and plumbing.

The day typically starts with a review of the boat’s systems. All learning is “hands on” and takes place aboard a new Privilège. There’s no classroom time at Privilege Academy and the focus is always on areas that most impact the long-term liveaboard sailor.

Setting up the gennaker
Setting up the gennaker at Privilege Academy

The mornings are spent learning about the boat itself and afternoons are spent on the water sailing, anchoring and docking practice. This is essentially the agenda for three very full days.

Privilege 500 Catamaran
Sailing your Privilege catamaran!

Our team at Nanny Cay have 15 years of hospitality experience and we are treated to lunches that far exceeded our expectations. This is the British Virgin Islands, so as soon as we finish our desserts we cast off our lines and head for some great sailing.

Link to Download Manual

Orientation Manual – April 2019

Want to know more about the technical aspects of the Privilege 500/510? Download the manual for more information about the onboard systems including plumbing, propulsion, electrical and so much more. This thorough document is your preview on some of the topics discussed at Privilege Academy. 

photo gallery

View some highlights from our Fall 2019 Privilege Academy program


Twice a year Privilege Catamarans America holds the Privilege Academy program, bringing new owners together to learn about the on-board systems and boat handling. Watch highlights from our four-day program and tour the Privilège 500 catamaran with Rob Poirier.

Privilege Catamaran on the cover of Cruising World Magazine
Link to read the feature article

Cruising World Magazine – Multihull Issue June/July 2019

An Education in Cats by Jennifer Brett

Jennifer Brett, senior editor at Cruising World Magazine was able to join us as we spent 3 days offering new clients hands-on experience sailing, anchoring, docking and learning all about the systems on a Privilège catamaran.

Link here to open the PDF and read the feature story. 

Privilege Academy - Spring 2019 in the BVI

Below is our photo album taken during the Spring 2019 Privilege Academy.