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1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States

May 2017

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design, & Installation

May 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$95
Cruiser's College Marine Electrical Troubleshooting class with Mike Beemer

Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of a boat’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing improvements themselves, paying a professional for upgrades, or simply trying to understand the system on your boat and “Keep it Alive”. Sample list of topics covered: How an electrical system works How to monitor electrical systems Early warning signs of trouble How to use a multimeter for…

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October 2017

Marine Communications

October 15, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruisers College Instructor Matt Mardesich teaches Outboard Motor Repair

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, 2017 @ 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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November 2017

D.I.Y Diesel Engine Maintenance & Troubleshooting with Mardesich/Beemer

November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$149
Cruiser's College's Diesel Engine Maintenance Class with Matt Mardesich

Cruisers College will offer an all day course about your diesel propulsion engine. Having your Diesel engine fail while underway can ruin your day. Worse, it could put you and your crew in a dangerous position. In general, marine diesel engines are incredibly reliable. They seem just to need, air, fuel, and water for cooling. You could add electrical power for starting, and you have covered the range of needs for a diesel engine. Most engine problems are due to…

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Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design, & Installations with M. Beemer

November 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$149
Working on the engines electrical system

Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of a boat’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing improvements themselves, paying a professional for upgrades, or simply trying to understand the system on your boat and “Keep it Alive”. Sample list of topics covered: How an electrical system works How to monitor electrical systems Early warning signs of trouble How to use a multimeter for…

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December 2017

Sailboat Rigging & Maintenance with Andy Schwenk

December 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Winch system

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…

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Taking care of the fiberglass boat with Jeff Paxson

December 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruiser's College Instructor Jeff Paxson teaches How to Care for a Fiberglass Boat

Cruisers College knows if you are a fiberglass boat owner, you know that the cost of maintenance and keeping your vessel looking good is not getting any cheaper. Many boat owners would consider doing some of it themselves, as it can be very rewarding and less expensive. Learn from the experts on how to maintain your fiberglass boat. Local expert Jeff Paxson (Marine Detail Specialists) will give you some tricks of the trade! You will learn how to remove tough…

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Engine Room Investigations, For Women with Jen Haaland

December 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruiser's College Instructor Jen Haaland teaches Engine Room Investigations

Cruisers college will help you understand your diesel engine and the equipment you rely on when out exploring on your boat. It’s often overwhelming when trying to figure out all that happens in an engine space, but it’s essential for safe, reliable and enjoyable time on the water.. Marine technicians have the benefit of being in many engine spaces and understanding the many different scenarios that happen below decks. We have a great technician, with lots of experience, that will…

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January 2018

Radar for Navigation and Collision Avoidance by Mark Bunzel

January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45.00
Cruiser's Collge Radar for Navigation Class

Radar is one of the most versatile systems of all of the marine electronics on your boat. Most boat owners only know how to use about 10% of the capabilities of their marine radar. The manuals that come with a radar system tell you what the buttons do, but not how to confidently use radar for both collision avoidance and navigation. In addition to learning the basics of radar operation participants will also learn: New digital radar technologies are now…

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Creative Solutions to a Bad Day at Sea by Art Hebert

January 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45.00
Cruiser's College Creative Solutions for a Bad Day at Sea Class

Going on any passage can be the most satisfying and wonderful experience you may have on your boat, but every now and then bad things happen. Every cruiser faces some level of the “what if” that’s in the back of your head as you embark on a voyage. This course is designed to help you understand what things typically can happen and how to deal with them in a safe, and often critical timeline. We teamed up with many experts…

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March 2018

Radar for Navigation and Collision Avoidance – Part 2 by Mark Bunzel

March 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45.00
Cruiser's College Radar for Navigation Class

Radar is one of the most versatile systems of all of the marine electronics on your boat. Most boat owners only know how to use about 10% of the capabilities of their marine radar. This becomes more challenging when there are multiple targets approaching from various directions and speeds in restricted visability. The manuals that come with a radar system tell you what the buttons do, but not how to confidently use radar for both collision avoidance and navigation. This…

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April 2018

Diesel & Electrical for the offshore cruiser

April 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$145

Instructor: Michael Beemer Cruisers College will offer a combination of 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 really 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. Sample of topics covered:…

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October 2018

Marine Communications

October 14, 2018 @ 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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Electronics: Installations, Testing, and Common Mistakes

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruiser's College Instructor Mike Beemer teaches Electronics: Installations & Testing

Spend the morning with Michael Beemer, the Skagit Valley College marine electronics instructor, learning about marine electronics. You will get an introduction to National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) installation standards, how to test new and current equipment, and common mistakes to avoid. Topics covered will include NMEA 0183 / NMEA 2000 / NMEA One-Net Data protocol, Antenna installation guidelines, VHF & AIS Installation & Testing, Installations Guidelines: Radar, Autopilot, Chart Plotters, Digital switching introduction and Electronics troubleshooting. Instructor: Mike Beemer Register…

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Single Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation

October 14, 2018 @ 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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November 2018

Marine Electrical Troubleshooting, Design, & Installations with M. Beemer

November 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$149
Working on the engines electrical system

Cruisers College will take you through the ins and outs of a boat’s electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing improvements themselves, paying a professional for upgrades, or simply trying to understand the system on your boat and “Keep it Alive”. Sample list of topics covered: How an electrical system works How to monitor electrical systems Early warning signs of trouble How to use a multimeter for…

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December 2018

Upgrading your sailboat for simplicity and performance: Rigging & Maintenance

December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Winch system

Instructor: Andy Schwenk 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:…

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Electrical Systems Investigations, For Women with Jen Haaland

December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruiser's College Instructor Jenn Haaland teaches Electrical Systems

Cruisers college will help you better understand your vessel's electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing routine inspections, battery monitoring, or simply trying to understand the system on your boat and “Keep it Alive”. Sample list of topics covered: How an electrical system works How to monitor electrical systems Early warning signs of trouble Learn proper use and safety while using a multi-meter Proper tools & basic…

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Pacific Northwest Heating Solutions with Woody Wentworth

December 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruiser's College Heating Solutions on a boat

Discover the secret of year-round cruising comfort - warm cabins and hot water in November! Get rid of the damp cushions and moldy Musto's by adding heat and circulation - the most desired upgrade to a Pacific Northwest cruising boat. If properly sized, installed and maintained a heating system should allow you four season cruising in our Pacific Northwest. Sample of topics covered: Pro's and Cons of Different fuels and heating systems Dealing with moisture on-board your boat Sizing, designing…

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January 2019

Cruising Outside Vancouver Island with: Leonard and Lorena Landon

January 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Rocky outcrop with Vancouver Island in background

Vancouver Island offers fantastic cruising with a wide variety of scenery, anchorages, and activities. While circumnavigating the entire Island is satisfying, it’s not necessary to enjoy the “best half” of West Vancouver Island. You can enjoy a fun and exciting trip, out and back, within easy reach of metropolitan Vancouver, Victoria, or Seattle. Taking advantage of a weather window, it’s a quick trip out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and up the west side to the many protected inlets…

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Medical for the Pacific Northwest Cruiser with Marykay Pasnick

January 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Items in medical kit

Last year one of the most requested courses at Cruisers College was medical at sea. Medical concerns are always a topic of interest to Pacific Northwest cruisers because we like remote cruising, racing, hiking, and adventures on our vessels. There are always risks when cruising, but being prepared and knowing what to do in an a medical emergency is essential for every mariner. This course covers many topics, a few highlights Assessing injuries, being the nurse Temporary splints/broken bones Head…

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Overboard Recovery On A Power Boat: Using A Lifesling with Linda Lewis

January 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Cruiser's College Instruction on Powerboat Hoisting by Linda Lewis

The Lifesling was developed for sailboats, but with some inventive rigging it is also extremely useful on power boats. The biggest challenges are finding a good location for the Lifesling and, most importantly, figuring out how to rig the 5:1 Block and Tackle connection-point that is high enough and strong enough. Capt. Linda Lewis teaches Lifesling recovery on power boats and has photos of multiple approaches to the rigging challenges power boaters face. The classroom portion of the course includes…

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March 2019

Starting the Trek North: Nanaimo through Cape Caution by Greg & Lori Bernard

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Coastline of Southern British Columbia

The area between Nanaimo and the northern tip of Vancouver Island is a large and amazing area that includes two major cruising destinations: Desolation Sound and “The Broughtons”. In addition, Northern Georgia Strait, the Discovery Islands, and Queen Charlotte Strait are also worthy destinations in and of themselves, and with some effort, can reward the adventurous boater with quiet and solitude that is hard to find in the two more popular areas. All of the areas boast a variety of…

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Getting on the Outside: The West Coast of Vancouver Island by Greg & Lori Bernard

March 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45
Boats and docks along the west coast of Vancouver Island

The West Coast of Vancouver Island offers some of the wildest, most remote cruising that the West Coast of BC has to offer. For sailors, it also offers 350 miles of potential downwind ocean sailing in short, manageable sections. For many Pacific Northwest sailors, this trip is serves as preparation for offshore sailing adventures. It also offers many miles of secluded, sheltered inlets and fiords, with many excellent anchorages, fine sandy beaches, small coastal villages, great fishing and abundant wildlife.…

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Understanding Marine Systems: Propane/Fire Suppression/Water-makers by: Michael Beemer

March 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45

Results from survey information indicated many Cruisers College participants wanted more systems type courses. Most modern cruising vessels will have many systems aboard requiring inspection, care, and maintenance. Spend some time with ABYC Master Technician and systems instructor Michael Beemer who isn’t selling anything and will answer your questions from his 25+ years cruising in our area. Whether you are upgrading or wanting to inspect and test your existing systems, this course will allow you to understand industry best practices…

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April 2019

Cruising Desolation Sound and The Broughtons Seminar

April 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
$150.00 – $250.00
Cruiser's College Cruising Desolation Sound and The Broughtons Seminar

Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Michael Beemer, and 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…

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Marine Canvas for Cruisers by Mike Reese

April 14, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45 – $149
sailboat demonstrating canvas

Description Join us for an in-depth look at your boat’s marine canvas and the role it serves in protecting your vessel and helping to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the water. Topics will include, repair and maintenance of canvas, types of canvas work typically needed on cruising boats, design and construction considerations on new projects, what to expect, and ask for, from your favorite canvas shop, and which projects you can tackle yourself versus having made professionally. Interested…

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May 2019

Creating Power on Your Boat: Keeping Your Batteries Charged by M Beemer

May 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50
House battery monitor image. Learn how to create power on your boat

There are many new choices for generating and managing power on your boat – solar cells, fuel cells, high-output alternators and of course – a genset. Did you know a genset on your boat is the most expensive power you can buy? 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 and many vessels…

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Staying Local-Cruising Puget Sound, and the San Juan/Gulf Islands w/Bunzel

May 17, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50.00
Boats anchored close to local shoreline

Being on the water is pure magic—especially in the Pacific Northwest! If you haven’t spent the time to explore our own backyard, this course is for you. This seminar, presented by Mark Bunzel, the editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, will give you planning routes and tips to make the most of your summer holiday. Topics will include unique areas and must see highlights in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands; information on clearing US…

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Itinerary Planning for All—How to get the most from your time on the water by Mark Bunzel

May 17, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50.00
Sample of itinerary log

There are so many excellent places to go in the NW, BC and SE Alaska – which do you choose? What do you need to know in order to plan an enjoyable cruise? The Editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, Mark Bunzel, will tell you their secrets on how you can put together an itinerary that will be special for the entire crew. Have kids on board; plan a trip to visit marinas with swimming pools. Love to kayak; we…

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Creative Solutions to a Bad Day at Sea by Art Hebert

May 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50.00
Cruiser's Collge Class Creative solutions for a bad day at sea

Going on any passage can be the most satisfying and wonderful experience you may have on your boat, but every now and then bad things happen. Every cruiser faces some level of the “what if” that’s in the back of your head as you embark on a voyage. This course is designed to help you understand what things typically can happen and how to deal with them in a safe, and often critical timeline. We teamed up with many experts…

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Using New Technology for Navigation & Cruising w/ Mark Bunzel

May 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50.00
Elliot Bay to Port Towsend navigation image

This course will explore many new technologies in the marine marketplace during this 3 hour course. During the last five years there have been amazing advances in new technology for use on a boat. Waggoner Cruising Guide Editor Mark Bunzel will describe, demonstrate and show the full range of devices and the low-cost apps now available. He will show you new systems you can add to your boat and contrast how you may want to choose. You can create an…

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Engine Room Investigations, with Jen Haaland

May 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50
Cruiser's College Instructor Jen Haaland teaches Engine Room Investigations

Cruisers college will help you understand your diesel engine and the equipment you rely on when out exploring on your boat. It’s often overwhelming when trying to figure out all that happens in an engine space, but it’s essential for safe, reliable and enjoyable time on the water. Marine technicians have the benefit of being in many engine spaces and understanding the many different scenarios that happen below decks. We have a great technician, with lots of experience, that will…

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Taking care of the fiberglass boat with Jeff Paxson

May 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50
Cruiser's College Instructor Jeff Paxson teaches How to Care for a Fiberglass Boat

Cruisers College knows if you are a fiberglass boat owner, you know that the cost of maintenance and keeping your vessel looking good is not getting any cheaper. Many boat owners would consider doing some of it themselves, as it can be very rewarding and less expensive. Learn from the experts on how to maintain your fiberglass boat. Local expert Jeff Paxson (Marine Detail Specialists) will give you some tricks of the trade! You will learn how to remove tough…

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Electrical Systems Investigations, with Jen Haaland

May 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$50
Cruiser's College Instructor Jenn Haaland teaches Electrical Systems

Cruisers college will help you better understand your vessel's electrical systems. There is plenty of information every boat owner should know about these critical systems, whether they are doing routine inspections, battery monitoring, or simply trying to understand the system on your boat and “Keep it Alive”. Sample list of topics covered: How an electrical system works How to monitor electrical systems Early warning signs of trouble Learn proper use and safety while using a multi-meter Proper tools & basic…

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February 2020

Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska – a 2-day seminar

February 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$225 – $395

Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska Seminar Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Mike Beemer, Lynette Brower, Leonard and Lorena Landon This two-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. Register Via…

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March 2020

Medical for the Pacific Northwest Cruiser with Marykay Pasnick

March 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55
Items in medical kit

Last year one of the most requested courses at Cruisers College was medical at sea. Medical concerns are always a topic of interest to Pacific Northwest cruisers because we like remote cruising, racing, hiking, and adventures on our vessels. There are always risks when cruising, but being prepared and knowing what to do in an a medical emergency is essential for every mariner. This course covers many topics, a few highlights Assessing injuries, being the nurse Temporary splints/broken bones Head…

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NMEA 2000 Networks: What’s Available & How to D.I.Y by Michael Beemer

March 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55.00

Cruisers college will help you with the fundamentals of data, communications, and electronics during this 3 hour course. You will get an introduction to National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) installation standards, how to test new and current equipment, and common mistakes to avoid. In the lab we will have working NMEA 2000 systems & build one from scratch..... Register Via EventBrite

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April 2020

Cruise to Desolation Sound and the Broughtons Seminar

April 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$150 – $250

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, provision, and much more.   Register via Eventbrite

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October 2021

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

October 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55.00
House battery monitor image. Learn about creating power on your boat

There are many new choices for generating and managing power on your boat – solar cells, fuel cells, high-output alternators and of course – a genset..... Register Via EventBrite  

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DIY Electrical: Learn to troubleshoot & wire like a pro by Michael Beemer

October 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55.00

Michael Beemer, a Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Instructor will take you through the ins and outs of your vessel’s electrical systems. This hands on course will teach you how to use your multimeter for trouble-shooting, understand marine wiring, and how to “Keep Your Electrical System Alive”. Every boat owner should understand their electrical systems.....   Register Via EventBrite  

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D.I.Y Diesel Engine Maintenance and Troubleshooting with Matt Mardesich

October 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$149.00
Working on diesel engine

Cruisers College will offer an all day course about your diesel propulsion engine. Having your Diesel engine fail while underway can ruin your day. Worse, it could put you and your crew in a dangerous position. In general, marine diesel engines are incredibly reliable..... Register Via EventBrite

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November 2021

New Boaters Course

November 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$149.00
Ranger Tuggs

Boat sales have been crazy the past 18 months and we know there are plenty of new boaters in our area. The instructors at Cruisers College have many years of experience cruising and want to share it with you! We've put together a new, all-day course that should answer many of your questions, gain you skills, learn tips & tricks, & make you more comfortable on the water Topics include: Communications onboard Anchoring & Docking Pacific Northwest Weather Intro Understanding…

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

November 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55.00
Weather systems chart showing pressure systems

Changing weather is one of the things most boaters and their crews fear most. Usually it is not deadly, but it can be downright scary when a pleasant day of boating turns ugly. Knowing the basics can help you interpret the weather and make a good go or no-go decision. This course will take you through the basics of how to understand the information available and how to combine it with tide and current information to determine the sea conditions.…

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Radar for Navigation and Collision Avoidance by Mark Bunzel

November 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55.00
Cruiser's Collge Radar for Navigation Class

Radar is one of the most versatile systems of all of the marine electronics on your boat. Most boat owners only know how to use about 10% of the capabilities of their marine radar. The manuals that come with a radar system tell you what the buttons do, but not how to confidently use radar for both collision avoidance and navigation. In addition to learning the basics of radar operation participants will also learn: New digital radar technologies are now…

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December 2021

Anchoring & Docking: Learn How to Safely Moor Your Boat by Beemer & Hebert

December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55
Sailboat dropping anchor.

An essential skill for every mariner is the ability to safely moor their vessel. Picture your vessel anchored in a bay on a beautiful day. The reality of it, though, is often the stress of entering the bay, wondering where to anchor, how much gear to use, and questioning "Will I drag or bump into another vessel during the night". This course will cover all aspects of anchoring from choosing the right gear, proven techniques that work, decision making and…

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Mastering Navionics App to Sharpen Your Navigational Skills with Linda Lewis

December 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$45.00
Linda demonstrating the Navionics App

Using the "Navionics" app makes it easy to learn and practice navigation at home, then carry your work onto the boat as a backup to your on-board electronics. We will do hands-on work in the seminar, learning how to: - understand the meaning of the colors and symbols - plan a trip by entering and naming routes - find tide and current data - including how to use the data - adjust the app's settings - how (and why) to…

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Outboard Motor Service, Repair and Maintenance with Matt Mardesich

December 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$55
Cruisers College Instructor Matt Mardesich teaches Outboard Motor Repair

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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Marine Diesel Engines 101 for Women w/ Margaret Pommert, includes hands-on

December 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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$149.00

For both sailors and powerboaters! This class won’t make you a diesel mechanic. But it will give you basic knowledge of, and hands-on experience with, the engine and related systems needed for cruising in locally.   Register Via EventBrite

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