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John and Amanda Neal

Offshore Cruising Seminar​ – April 7, 2018

Cruisers College – April 2018 Offshore Cruising Seminar with John and Amanda Neal Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Singles – $145 / Couples – $275 Register HERE. Worldwide cruisers and instructors, John and Amanda Neal, will be joining the 2018 Cruisers College program with their well regarded “Offshore Cruising Seminar.” Considering…

Poets Cove Customs

What Can We Bring Across the U.S./Canada Border?

“What can we bring across the U.S./Canada border?” This question is frequently asked by boaters going either direction across the U.S./Canada border both on British Columbia’s southern border with Washington and northern border with Alaska. While the question seems straightforward, it is often difficult to answer quickly and succinctly. Both the U.S. and Canada customs…

Belts for a Boat

Belts and Suspenders – Don’t Neglect Your Engine’s Life Support System

The belts that provide life support to your engine’s accessories, the alternator, auxiliary alternator, raw water pump, and circulator pump will typically provide reliable, trouble-free service, provided they are properly maintained and replaced on a regular schedule. Many boaters neglect this all too important system.  A broken belt is always bad news because when it…

BlueSea ELCI Breaker

Don’t Get Tripped-Up by New Shore Power

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 ….…

Cruisers College

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation

Cruisers College May Seminars 2017 Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design & Installation with Lars Antonsen Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $95 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…

Stuff Box Basics

Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special wax-impregnated flax packing are wrapped snugly around the prop shaft and stuffed into…

Nigel Calder

Nigel Calder to Teach Two All-day Sessions at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

We are very pleased to announce that Nigel Calder will be holding his two courses on Boat Electrical and Diesel systems. A day with Nigel and you will improve your skills for troubleshooting your boats systems. Wooden Boat Festival – Seminar #1 Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Cotton Building…