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October 2017

Understanding the Weather in the Pacific Northwest

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Understanding 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 effective go or no-go decisions. He will take you through the many weather resources available on the Internet, cellular telephone or the WX…

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Solar Power & Refrigeration

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth. We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a 'weekend camper' to an extended 'comfy cruiser' quite like a refrigerator/freezer. When properly designed and installed you should enjoy 15-20 years of trouble free service. However, refrigeration is usually the single biggest drain on the batteries. Fortunately, improved solar panels, solar chargers and modern AGM batteries (all much cheaper…

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Marine Communications

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45

Instructor: Terry Sparks Marine communications is more than just talking on your Marine VHF radio.   There are methods for long range marine communications and short range marine communications.   This course will also discuss Internet and weather communications methods.   Most importantly the course will cover the best ways to get help in an emergency.   If you have a boat, you should have at least a VHF radio.  If you have a VHF radio, you should attend this course. Sample of topics…

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Outboard Motor Service, Repair and Maintenance

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45

Instructor: Matt Mardesich Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of your outboard engine during this 3 hour class. Nearly every cruising boat has an outboard powered dinghy. These motors have been around for a long time and are very dependable if maintained properly. Ethanol in our fuel systems is creating more and more problems for outboard engines. This course will cover the basics for all outboard engines. Sample of topics covered: Oil Changes Fuel care and…

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Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45

Instructor: Terry Sparks Description High Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB)is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range radio calls, make marine phone calls, send and receive emails, get weather faxes, obtain Grib files, and even obtain Satellite pictures of the weather for your area. While an initial look at the M802 may seem complex when comparing the radio to a typical…

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