Spring is the time when boaters are busy preparing their vessels for the summer boating season, checking their boat systems and making needed repairs and improvements. Equally important is a refresher on interpreting the weather and maintenance know-how. For many boaters, the changing weather is a major concern when it comes to making that go or no-go decision before heading out. Knowing how to trouble-shoot electrical systems is another concern boaters have when self-diagnosis and repairs are needed out in the field.

Boaters have the opportunity to refresh their skills on Saturday, April 23rd, by signing up for two helpful classes: Understanding Northwest Weather; and Learn to Troubleshoot & Wire Like a Pro. These public Cruisers’ College seminars/classes are held at the Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, WA at 1606 R Avenue. You can register for the classes online by going to the Anacortes Marine Technology Center website and click the button “Register via EventBrite.” Dates and Times for the classes are as follows:

DIY Electrical – Learn to Troubleshoot & Wire Like a Pro

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 9 am to Noon PDT

Marine Technology Students will take you through the ins and outs of your vessel’s electrical system – how electrical systems work, proper wire selection, trouble-shooting, and more. Instruction includes hands-on activities. (Note: this same course is offered again on Tue., May 10 at noon.)

Understanding Northwest Weather – Making the Go or No-Go Decision

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 1 pm to 4 pm PDT

Mark Bunzel from Waggoner, the guide for Northwest boating, will cover how to interpret the weather and combine it with tide and current information to determine sea conditions. The class will include examples gathered from weather data through the internet, cell phone, and VHF radio. This checklist approach will help boaters make that all important go or no-go decision.