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Worldwide cruisers and instructors, John and Amanda Neal, will be joining the 2018 Cruisers College program with their well regarded Offshore Cruising Seminar on Saturday, April 7,  2018.
Why not extend your weekend of learning from the experts and attend

Cruisers Weekend: Learn from the Experts and Stay for the Weekend

Weekend Classes

Upgrading Your SailboatUpgrading Your Sailboat for Simplicity & Performance: Rigging and Maintenance with Andy Schwenk

Friday, April 6, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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 trends in gear.

This course will cover everything from mast bases, goosenecks, spreaders, lighting, chainplates, furlers (main, headsail, spinnaker), reefing systems, fairleads, and more! People think sailing is expensive and difficult; it should not be difficult.

This course will have three workstations: Cleaning and servicing winches, swaging, cutting rigging.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How to inspect your rigging
  • Upgrading your boat for simplicity and performance
  • How to reduce friction and make running rigging easy
  • Annual maintenance of winches and furler
  • Hands-on workstations
  • Offshore gear selection

Register here.

John and Amanda Neal

Offshore Cruising Seminar with John and Amanda Neal

Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Considering an extended cruise to the far corners of the world or the Inside Passage to Alaska? John and Amanda’s program is a day full of tips and techniques starting with selecting a cruising boat to how to equip it for safe and fun cruising. Boat and engine maintenance will be covered along with provisioning and cooking, medical info, and how to communicate and stay in touch with friends, family, and business. The course fee includes their 260-page book “Offshore Companion” (normally $60). John and Amanda spend seven months of the year teaching couples and crews how to cruise the world aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46 sailboat Mahina Tiare III. This one-day program is based on their knowledge of a combined 645,000 miles of cruising experience all over the world.
See full program and register click here.

Micheal Beemer Diesel & Electrical Class.

Diesel & Electrical for the Offshore Cruiser with Mike Beemer

Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cruisers College offers a combination course covering diesel and electrical topics for the offshore sailor. The further you venture, the more important it is to understand these critical systems. Diesel engines are reliable pieces of machinery if you do a few simple things like clean fuel and cooling system maintenance. Electrical systems, as every sailor knows, are critical for safety and comfort. Let’s work on “Keeping it Alive” for these two systems.

Join us as we cover the following topics:

  • Required Engine maintenance for extended cruising
  • Required maintenance/inspection for running gear & machinery
  • Spare engine parts worth considering
  • How-to demonstrations for changing fuel filters & engine inspections
  • Electrical systems that work – how to design, monitor, & extend life.
  • Pre-departure testing of key electrical systems
  • Basic wiring techniques: Proper wire selection, termination, and tools for repairs underway
  • How to demonstrations for multi-meter use and selection
  • Early warning signs for engines & electrical systems

Register here.

All seminars are held at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes.

Address: 1606 R Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Take the R Avenue exit off of Highway 20. Proceed North for about 1 mile. The MTC will be on your right, noted by the stainless steel sculpture of two joggers (across from The Market grocery store). Make the next right on Seafarers Way, then the next right into the parking lot for the MTC. There are restaurants and motels nearby.

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