Upgrading Your Sailboat

Upgrading Your Sailboat for Simplicity and Performance, Dec. 9

Upgrading Your Sailboat for Simplicity and Performance with Andy Schwenk December, 9, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Every sailor can learn new tips and techniques like reducing friction, ways to ascend the rig, backstay adjusters, top down furling for spinnaker, preventers, offshore gear from drifters to trysails, carbon and synthetic rigging, and…

Engine Room Investigations

Engine Room Investigations, Dec. 9

Engine Room Investigations with Jen Haaland December 9, 2017 from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruisers college will help you understand your diesel engine and the equipment you rely on when out exploring on your boat. It’s often overwhelming when trying to figure out all that happens in an engine space, but it’s essential…

Pacific Northwest Heating

Pacific Northwest Heating Solutions, Dec. 10

Pacific Northwest Heating Solutions with Woody Wentworth December 10, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Discover the secret of year-round cruising comfort – warm cabins and hot water in November! Get rid of the damp cushions and moldy Musto’s by adding heat and circulation – the most desired upgrade to a Pacific Northwest…

Electrical Systems Investigations

Electrical Systems Investigations For the Beginner, Dec. 9

Electrical Systems Investigations for the Beginner with Jen Haaland Dec. 9, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruisers college will help you better understand your vessel’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing routine inspections, battery monitoring, or simply trying…

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation, Nov. 5

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation with Mike Beemer Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $149 Register here. Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of a boat’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing improvements themselves, paying…

Women's Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show.

Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show

Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018, for Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show. Women’s Day includes a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire. There are lots of topics to choose from ranging from basic electrical, emergency procedures, docking,…

2-Day Marine Weather Course, Nov. 4 & 5

2-Day Marine Weather Course with Lee Chesneau Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $195 Register here. This 2-day course is designed for the vast range of seafarers from the inexperienced recreational sailboat cruisers and experienced racers, to power boaters, to commercial fishermen/women & seasoned professional mariners that operate their…

Outboard Motor Service

Cruisers College – Outboard Motor Service, Repair and Maintenance, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and Maintenance, Oct. 15 with Matt Mardesich October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Matt Mardesich will take you through the ins and outs of your outboard engine during this 3-hour class. Nearly every cruising boat has an outboard powered dinghy. These motors have been around for…

Cruisers College – Marine Communications, Oct. 15

Cruisers College Marine Communications, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Marine communications are more than just talking on your Marine VHF radio. There are methods for long range marine communications and short range marine communications. This course will also discuss Internet and weather communications methods. Most importantly…

Single Side Band Radio

Cruisers College – Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15

 Cruisers College Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation, Oct. 15 with Terry Sparks October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. High-Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB) is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range…

Solar Power

Cruisers College – Solar Power & Refrigeration, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Solar Power & Refrigeration with Woody Wentworth October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 Register here. Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy…

Cruisers College – Understanding Northwest Weather, Oct. 14

Cruisers College Understanding Northwest Weather with Mark Bunzel October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45 Register here. Understanding Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make the difference between a good trip, or a trip where the crew is not sure they ever want to boat again!…

Cruiser’s College Seminars in October and November

Have you seen our lineup of upcoming Cruisers College seminars in October and November? Cruisers College Seminars October 2017 10/14 Understanding Northwest Weather from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/14 Solar Energy & Marine Refrigeration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 See details and register HERE. 10/15 Outboard Motor Service, Repair, and…

BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power – Updated

As we approached Petersburg, Alaska, with only a few miles remaining northbound on the Wrangell Narrows, we contacted the harbormaster’s office for the night’s moorage. After providing the harbormaster with our vessel’s length and shore power requirements, we were expecting a response with a slip assignment. Instead, the harbormaster asked “are you familiar with ….…

Two Weather Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 7

Understanding the weather can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a disaster for you, your family and friends. When boaters are polled about their fears about boating, weather often tops the list. There is a lot of information out there to help you make good weather go or no-go decisions. ~ Lee Chesneau,…

Potable water on the docks.

‘Water Water Everywhere . . .’ Does Potable Really Mean it is Safe? It Doesn’t Sound Safe.

“Is your water potable?” That’s often one of the first questions boaters ask marinas when cruising Northern BC Coast, the Broughton Archipelago and sometimes even in the Gulf Islands. Boaters often find a ‘boil water’ notice or ‘not-potable’ sign at water spigots and hose-bibs on the docks. But what does this mean to boaters and…