Waggoner Guide Seminars

Advance your skills with a Waggoner Guide Seminar taught by experienced instructors.

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Classes will take place in the Northwest Maritime Center located at 431 Water Street, on the 2nd Floor


Managing Power on Board: Balancing Your Energy Needs with Michael Beemer

Wed, September 4, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Our needs for power on our boats have became higher. Computers, tablets and iPhone chargers, microwave ovens, music systems and even the Instant Pot may be expected to run off a modern boat’s electrical system. Many vessels don’t have a “balanced electrical system” that performs properly, has reliability, and is designed to last. This course is designed to help you understand how to design, check, maintain, and upgrade your electrical system to match the power requirements on your boat.

Troubleshooting Diesel Engine and Electrical Problems on Your Boat with Mike Beemer

Wed, September 4, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Boat problems unfortunately happen sooner or later and this class will help you be better prepared. After this 3-hour class you will be much more knowledgeable about your boat’s systems.

Anchoring & Docking: Learn How to Safely Moor Your Boat with Mike Beemer

Thu, September 5, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Docking your vessel can often be stressful as well, but it shouldn’t be! There are many tips and tricks to operating your boat like a pro. In this class we will cover topics, such as; docking with wind and current, communicating with your crew and handling lines, understanding your vessel whether it is single screw or twin, with a bow thruster or not. With these tips you will be docking and anchoring like a pro.

Understanding Weather – Making the Go or No-Go Decision with Mark Bunzel

Thu, September 5, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The class will use actual examples and gather weather data from the internet, cell phone and VHF radio. Software apps will be used and their shortcomings will be reviewed. They say timing is everything, and a few hours difference with the change of current can make all difference in the world. We will use a checklist approach where you can create your own system to create an understanding of the weather that fits your vessel and crew.

Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska Seminar 2020 (dates TBD)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Anacortes Yacht Club, 504 7th St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Tuition: $225 per person or 2 for $395

Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Mike Beemer, Lynette Brower, Leonard and Lorena Landon

This three-day seminar covers all the information you need to cruise to Southeast Alaska, including exploring Northern British Columbia, Haida Gwaii, and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Topics include routes to and from Southeast Alaska, customs clearances, weather and tidal challenges, favorite destinations, permit processes for protected areas, getting parts and crew delivered to remote areas, and much more.

Cruising to Desolation Sound and the Broughtons Seminar 2020 (TBA)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Marine Tech Center, 1606 R Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221

Tuition: $150 per person or 2 for $250

Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Mike Beemer, Lynette Brower

Spend a day learning about some of the most magical and easily accessible cruising in our area! Longtime experts will teach you about clearing Canadian Customs, navigating through the Gulf Islands, selecting a weather window to cross the Strait of Georgia, where to go in Desolation Sound, how to anchor and stern tie, provisional, and much more. The seminar will include information on cruising to Princess Louisa Inlet and transiting Malibu Rapids and the Upper and Lower Rapids in Okisollo Channel. We will provide you with round-trip planning to help maximize your time on the water.

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