Instructors

Michael Beemer

Michael is a Marine Technology instructor at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Anacortes, WA. He has been instrumental in developing the marine programs for the Academy that bridge both the high school/college programs with the industry needs. In the cruising community, Michael is well known as “The Boat Doctor” who can diagnose and fix almost anything on a vessel. He teaches at Skagit Valley College in the marine systems program, including ABYC certification courses. Mike grew up as the son of a master mechanic. This experience included learning all things mechanical including motorcycles, automobiles, and boats. He has operated his own successful boat repair businesses and has moved into the marine systems consulting field. Michael has presented programs such as Keeping Your Diesel Alive and maintenance courses covering water-making systems, gensets, steering and control systems, marine electrical systems, boat fresh water and gray water plumbing, and freshwater pump systems. Mike’s specialty is the new technology systems now coming on-line for boats in power generation, water systems and propulsion.

Mark Bunzel

Mark is an experienced boater having cruised extensively in the Pacific Northwest, the Inside Passage and throughout Alaska on assignment while writing and photographing beautiful locations for magazines and to update the books he edits and publishes. Also, he has chartered cruised the Chesapeake, and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Canal du Midi, Greece, Honduras, and he lead the first American charter crew to sail the coast of Vietnam. He is the principal owner of Fine Edge Nautical Publishing and the co-Author of Cruising the Virgin Islands, the most popular cruising guide for the Virgin Islands.

He is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide and is responsible for the annual research for all of the marinas and anchorages between Olympia and Ketchikan, Alaska. Mark’s articles and photography have appeared in magazines including PassageMaker, Northwest Yachting, Canadian Yachting, Dockside, Latitudes and Attitudes, Power Cruising, Soundings and Pacific Yachting. Mark holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters rating in Power and Sail. He is on the board of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend and is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), the presenters of the Seattle Boat Show. Mark is the former chair of the Seattle Boat Show Committee for the NMTA, and he is the founder of Seattle Boat Show University.

Lee Chesneau

Lee is a highly experienced professional meteorologist on land & at sea (with over 70,000 miles under his keel), a retired naval officer, author, & dynamic instructor and lecturer. He has an ongoing distinguished 40-year career, during which he received a number of awards and recognition. Lee’s career includes service with the U.S. Navy, the National Weather Service (NWS), & the private sector, specializing in maritime weather forecasting & ship routing. Lee is also the author of the book, “Heavy Weather Avoidance,” and has written numerous magazine articles. He is a speaker at a number of Safety at Sea Seminar Symposiums (SASS), marine trade, & boat shows. As a certified approved U.S. Coast Guard instructor for five maritime schools teaching Standards Training Certification, and Watch-Standing for Seafarers (STCW) for Basic and Advanced Meteorology. Each is a five-day course for professional mariners. Lee has a version of each course tailored to the commercial fishing and recreational communities in both one and two-day courses. Lee is dedicated to educating and training every seagoing mariner on self-reliance for their own marine weather & forecasting, strategic routing, emphasizing prudent, independent decision making.

Leonard and Lorena Landon

Leonard and Lorena have been boating Pacific Northwest waters for over 30 years. Primarily power boaters, they have navigated the waters in sports boats to trawler vessels. In the early years, they bareboat-chartered, cruising from Olympia, WA to the reaches of British Columbia with their two young sons. Since 2010, they have been cruising year-round on their 46’ Pilothouse trawler and have logged over 20,000 miles on West Coast waters from Manzanillo, Mexico to Yakutat, Alaska. 2017 will be their fifth season in Southeast Alaska. Leonard has extensive navigation skills both as a boater and a licensed aircraft pilot. Lorena enjoys the unique adventures that boating brings and has written a blog for each of their excursions (llcruise5.blogspot.com). She was the author of Cleats & Eats, a series of restaurant guidebooks for boaters, published from 2002-2010, and has written articles for local boating magazines. Lorena currently serves on the Boating Programs Advisory Committee for the State of Washington RCO.

Captain Linda Lewis

Capt. Linda Lewis holds a USCG 100 Ton Master’s License. A University of Washington Emeritus Associate Professor, she brings her professional educator background to presentations on navigation and boat handling at the Seattle Boat Show, TrawlerFest, and USCG Auxiliary public education courses. She has been an avid boater for 45 years (sail and power), with 12 years of cruising the Inside Passage on her 45’ trawler, including nine trips to Southeast Alaska. She also provides customized, on-the-water boat-handling instruction for power boaters (www.privateboatinginstruction.com).

Kevin Monahan

Kevin has spent most of his career on the British Columbia coast, first as a fisherman, then as a Canadian Coast Guard patrol boat skipper, and later as the Pacific Region Manager of the Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety. Kevin recently retired from Transport Canada national HQ in Ottawa where he worked on marine regulation and safety issues.

Kevin is the author of “The Radar Book”‘ “GPS-Instant Navigation” and “Local Knowledge-A Skipper’s Reference.” His books and presentations have helped boaters get the most out of their boats and their equipment so they can manage their boat confidently and enjoy the cruising experience.

Margaret Pommert

Margaret is a Puget Sound based boating instructor, teaching classes from beginning sailing through docking, bareboat chartering, coastal navigation, and advanced coastal cruising. She started boating over 35 years ago and has since explored thousands of nautical miles in various parts of the world in a wide variety of sail and power boats, monohulls, and catamarans. Margaret has enjoyed many of the world’s top cruising destinations, including the Inside Passage to Alaska, San Francisco Bay, the Med, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Great Lakes, the Channel Islands, Mexico, and the Chesapeake Bay.

She’s a certified instructor with both the American Sailing Association and U.S. Sailing and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captains License in Power, Sail, and Towing. Margaret has long been committed to getting more women on the water and is active in groups such as Northwest Women in Boating, Women Who Sail, and Women Who Sail and Power Cruise Pacific NW. Margaret teaches private, co-ed and women-only sailing lessons, including week-long “Learn-n-Cruise” San Juan Sailing courses that transform complete beginners into skippers able to bareboat charter anywhere in the world. She leads annual women-only flotillas and is in her 3rd year of leading the Seattle Sailing Women’s program.

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