Cruisers College offering enticing slate of classes in April

Cruisers College in Anacortes is once again bringing a bunch of knowledge to local boaters. If you’re an aspiring voyager, simply want to cruiser our local waters or are looking to increase your technical skills to become a better boater, you might not need to look any farther than their April slate of classes.

Launched in 2016 with the goal of providing mariners with high quality, useful marine courses at a reasonable price, Cruisers College’s aim is to create safer and more self-sufficient boaters who have the skills to confidently repair and upgrade their vessels. All of the college’s classes are held in a first class marine training facility that allows instructors to  provide demonstrations and hands-on activities for students.

Similar to Skagit Valley College’s (SVC) technical program — which provides training for new technicians and has great material for boat owners but requires 12 weeks per course — Cruisers College brings in expert staff to teach eager students. And the courses are taught at SVC’s Marine Technology Center in Anacortes on the weekends so visitors can have time to come from out of town by boat or car to participate.

Their list of upcoming classes for April includes:

Upgrading your sailboat for simplicity and performance: Rigging & Maintenance  

April 6 @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA
Instructor: Andy Schwenk
Cost: $45

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. The course will also have three workstations: Cleaning and servicing winches, swaging and cutting rigging.

Find out more and register HERE.

Offshore Cruising Seminar 

April 7 @ 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA
Instructor: John & Amanda Neal
Cost: $145

Worldwide cruisers and instructors, John and Amanda Neal, will be joining the 2018 Cruisers College program with their well regarded Offshore Cruising Seminar. The nine-hour seminar details 18 in-depth topics pertaining to world cruising. Each topic has a dedicated PowerPoint presentation that closely follows the seminar’s invaluable 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion. This highly-organized format allows you to easily follow, absorb understand plus retain critical information enabling you to save years and thousands of dollars as you prepare for your cruising adventures. Questions are encouraged at the end of each topic and interchange with the instructors and other participants is welcome and encouraged during breaks, lunch and dinner. The course fee includes their 260 page book “Offshore Companion” (normally $60).

Find out more and register HERE.

Diesel & Electrical for the offshore cruiser

April 8 @ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA
Instructor: Michael Beemer
Cost: $125

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.

Find out more and register HERE.

Cruising Desolation Sound and The Broughtons Seminar

April 21 @ 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA
Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Michael Beemer, and Lynette Brower
Cost: $150
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, provisioning, 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.
Find out more and register HERE.

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