Waggoner Cruising Guide Seminars


Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

(Wooden Boat Festival courses brought to you by The Waggoner Cruising Guide and The Northwest Maritime Center)

September 2018

9/6, Understanding the Weather in the Pacific Northwest by Mark Bunzel, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45    See details and register HERE.

9/6, How to Prepare Your Boat for Pacific Northwest Cruising by Mark Bunzel and Mike Beemer, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m  $45   See details and register HERE.

9/7, Understanding Boat Electrical Systems by Nigel Calder, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   $125  See Details and register HERE.

9/8, Understanding Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $125 See details and register HERE.


>>Looking for more boating seminars? Check out our fall classes at Cruisers College. <<


Understanding the Weather in the Pacific Northwest and How to Stay out of Trouble with Mark Bunzel at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

September 6, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

$45

Register here.

Understanding Pacific Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make the difference between a good trip, or a trip where the crew is not sure they ever want to boat again!
Waggoner Cruising Guide Editor, Mark Bunzel, will take you through a proven technique for understanding the weather and making an effective go or no-go decisions. He will explain the many weather resources available on the Internet, cellular telephone or the WX transmissions on the VHF radio. He will share his Weather Checklist for recording the weather and which items are the ones critical to you for interpreting safe cruising conditions. Together, you will plan a trip and gather the weather information to predict what the conditions will be like.
Mark will also discuss how the tides and currents for a days cruise need to reviewed together with the weather to identify safe cruising conditions. The Lunar Cycle will also be discussed and how it can factor into the days cruising conditions.
Powerboat cruisers avoid the wind and sailors love the wind – to a point! Both will be reviewed.
After taking this course, you will have a good understanding of Pacific Northwest weather and how you can determine the best conditions for your cruise and give you confidence in your weather planning.

Register here.


How to Prepare your boat for Northwest Cruising with Mark Bunzel and Mike Beemer at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

September 6, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

$45

Register here.

Cruising in the Pacific Northwest is a dream for many boaters. Properly equipping your boat can add to the enjoyment and safety of the trip for you and your crew.

Mike Beemer and Mark Bunzel are northwest cruising experts in power and sail.

They regularly lead group flotilla trips to Alaska and other Northwest destinations. They also consult with cruisers on how to equip their boats for an entire season of cruising. Going as far north as Alaska does not require a big boat. Properly equipped, almost any boat can cruise in the Pacific Northwest, even to SE Alaska and back. We regularly advise cruisers on how to cruise in the Northwest, whether it is a 22-foot C-Dory or Cutwater, or a 70’ power or sailing yacht.

If your dream is to cruise the Pacific Northwest sign up for this class to learn more.

Register here.


Understanding Boat Electrical Systems by Nigel Calder at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

September 7, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

$125

Register here.

The Understanding Boat Electrical Systems course starts with a brief explanation of core electrical terms followed by key design criteria for both DC and AC systems. Unfortunately, a failure to abide by the basics is responsible for many problems on boats. For AC circuits, not following the basics can result in corrosion of underwater metals and a hazard to those onboard or swimming in the surrounding water. We will review how to keep your batteries in a healthy state and will reference some of the new technologies that are likely to transform the performance of your electrical systems in coming years. Nigel will review the current state of solar and wind power, LED lighting and new DC-to-AC inverters. The class will discuss how to size and install electric circuits that comply with boat building and safety standards, including the very important, and often neglected, provisions for adequate over-current protection. The class will cover core troubleshooting techniques, especially with a multi-meter, that can be safely conducted by any boat owner. The course will specifically investigate starting circuits (the most common cause of an engine’s failure to start), charging circuits (the primary cause of battery failures), and general boat circuits. Included will be a look at the popular NMEA 2000 electronics network, with core troubleshooting techniques.

Contemporary boats are loaded with more and more electrical gear. Electrical systems are the number one cause of problems on boats that have anything more than a rudimentary electrical system.

This class will also cover:

  • Designing DC electrical systems to avoid problems
  • Proper installation practices
  • Simple troubleshooting procedures

This seminar is designed for the inexperienced and requires no prior knowledge. It will help you understand your electrical systems and to correct many common problems. Attendees will come away with the ability to do basic wiring and electrical installations, and simple troubleshooting techniques that will enable the majority of electrical problems to be rapidly identified. The over-arching goal is to raise the confidence levels of boat owners with today’s increasingly electrically-loaded and complicated boats. The seminar will build your confidence when working on your electrical systems.

According to Nigel, he doesn’t have electrical problems on his boats. If you follow his advice, he claims you will not have them on your boat.

Register here.


Understanding Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

September 8, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

Tuition: $125

Register here.

Understanding Marine Diesel Engines starts with a brief introduction on how a diesel engine works will be followed by a detailed description of the key systems on a diesel engine – fuel, oil, air, cooling, and the transmission to the propeller – with associated maintenance. The goal is to identify and facilitate the maintenance that can be done by a boat owner and those that are best done by a professional mechanic. The seminar will provide simple troubleshooting procedures, focusing on the most commonly experienced problems. We will define optimized operating modes that will maximize efficiency and engine life, and minimize maintenance. We will round out the day with a do-it-yourself engine health check for older engines.

No previous experience is required. Attendees will come away empowered to carry out all normal maintenance on their engines and to troubleshoot some of the more common problems experienced at sea. Topics will include:

Often overlooked critical installation issues, core maintenance and how to do it:

  • Testing starting and charging circuits
  • Techniques for starting recalcitrant engines
  • Overheating engines and how to find the source of the problem
  • Troubleshooting miscellaneous engine problems

Register here.

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