Day Long Maintenance Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival

Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 & 7, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  $95 each

Nothing can ruin boating more than a diesel or electrical problem. You could be in a remote destination when something goes wrong and during the prime cruising season, when good maintenance help is hard to find. Having the basic troubleshooting skills can help you diagnose and solve problems, and get you back underway. Even if you do not fix the problem yourself, you will be better able to diagnose and communicate problems much better after taking this course.

Mike Beemer, better known as the Boat Doctor, is presenting two day-long classes 1) Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Boat’s Diesel Engine System and 2) Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Boat’s Electrical Systems. The price for each course is $95.


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Both courses are being presented by the NW Maritime Center together with the Waggoner Cruising Guide at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival just prior to the Festival’s formal opening. Arrive early for the Festival and stay on your boat or stay in one of the convenient hotels in Port Townsend.

 


Course Descriptions

Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Boat’s Diesel Engine System

with Mike Beemer

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  $95

Location: NW Maritime Center at 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA

Register HERE.

For more information call the Waggoner Guide at 425-780-5015.

Course Description:

Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Boats Diesel Engine System

Michael Beemer, a Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Instructor, will take you through the ins and outs of your diesel engine. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know, whether they are doing the maintenance themselves or paying a professional. The bottom line is boat owners need to have a reliable diesel engine while out on the water, and there are a few things you must be able to do. Michael will cover all the topics you need to know about your diesel engine:

• Seasonal and Routine Maintenance

• Fuel tanks, including filtering and bleeding of engines

• Troubleshooting common problems

• Cooling systems

• Understanding engine starting circuits

• Charging your battery bank

• and other topics he calls “Keeping it Alive”

This one-day seminar will leave with you a solid understanding of your diesel engine and provide peace of mind while out on the water.

 Register here.


Marine Electrical TroubleshootingMaintaining and Troubleshooting Your Boat’s Electrical Systems

with Mike Beemer

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  $95

Location: NW Maritime Center at 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA

Register HERE.

For more information call the Waggoner Guide at 425-780-5015.

 

Course Description:

Michael Beemer, a Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Instructor will take you through the ins and outs of your vessel’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing improvements themselves, paying a professional for upgrades, or simply trying to understand this complex system and “Keep it Alive”. Every boat owner should understand their electrical systems:

• How an electrical system works

• Warning signs

• How to monitor the system to ensure proper working function

• How to use a multi-meter for troubleshooting

• General maintenance

• Alternative energy

• How to make repairs to this critical system on almost every cruising vessel

This one-day course includes new technologies and how they might interface or be a solution for your energy needs. Let’s keep the light’s on!

 Register here.


Michael Beemer is the department chair for Skagit Valley College’s marine maintenance and repair program. Michael has been presenting and teaching professionally for almost 20 years and holds a master’s degree in education. At the college, he teaches all the systems courses, including ABYC certifications. He and his wife have cruised extensively from Anacortes to southeast Alaska for many years on their motor-sailer. In the cruising community, Michael is well known as “The Boat Doctor” who can diagnose and fix almost anything on a vessel. Some of the many topics he has done include diesel engines, electrical systems, solar, new battery technologies, extended inside passage cruising, and more.


 

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