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TrawlerFest-Anacortes adds three new seminars from 'The Squadron'


Just added to the curriculum: Power Squadron veterans are teaching three new seminars at TrawlerFest-Anacortes: Apps for Cruisers, Crossing the Canada Border and Tides and Currrents.

TrawlerFest-Anacortes is happening Tuesday through Sunday, May 12-17 at Cap Sante Marina. The Practical Weather seminar happens all morning Wednesday, May 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Many boaters are now using iPads, or other tablets, and smartphones as sources or backups for navigation - and for other boating information. In this seminar, Rick Edel will demonstrate apps that cover the entire range of navigation functionality, including chartplotting, AIS, and tides and currents.

Edel will use an iPad as his primary demo device. Whether you have a tablet already or are thinking of purchasing one for the boat, this talk will help you sort out what is available to you and how effective they are. Handouts will include lists of available apps for boaters. This seminar is Thursday, May 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

In Crossing the Canada Border, Robert Anderson introduce attendees to the process of moving between countries by private boat. The seminar explains the immigration and customs process and the programs that enable boaters to easily cross into Canada and other nations. This seminar happens Saturday, May 16, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

William Badgeley's goal is to instill the confidence boaters need to cruisecoastal waters, secure in your knowledge of tidal conditions. Even if you are an inland boater, you may travel to an area where knowing about tides and tidal currents is important. Discover what causes the tides to rise and fall and what causes the currents to flow.

Learn where to find sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict height of tide and speed of current flow and how to use both print and electronic tide tables. Learn about how tides and currents affect your boat’s performance from experienced coastal boaters. Topics include:

  • Causes and effects of tides and currents
  • Predict the time of highest tide before it begins to fall
  • Predict the vertical movement of the water
  • Safely navigate low tide
  • Determine the speed of the current and when it reaches maximum flood
  • Deal with mean high and low water
  • Use NOAA charts and tables
  • Factor in tides and currents when anchoring

Anderson's talk will be on Thursday, May 14, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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