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Seminar Schedule - TrawlerFest Bremerton WA 2017

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SEMINARS WILL BE HELD AT:
Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside
100 Washington Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337

QUESTIONS? Contact Megan at trawlerfest@passagemaker.com or (410) 990-9086 x22

TUESDAY, MAY 16

Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines with Nigel Calder & Mike Beemer SOLD OUT
Tuesday, May 16 & Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Two-Day Seminar. Certificate of Completion. LIMITED TO 36 ATTENDEES.
$495

*NOT included in VIP PASS*

This is not the only diesel engine course for boaters, but it is the only diesel engine course for boaters taught by renown author/researcher Nigel Calder and marine trades educator Mike Beemer. It is also worthy of note that unlike most other engine instructors Calder is a real-deal cruiser, who bring this perspective to the curriculum. Beemer is department chair for the Marine Maintenance Technology school at Skagit Valley College in Anacortes.

This two-day session combines classroom time with hands-on engine time in the shop. It also combines theory and practical troubleshooting instruction, and it does so with a touch of humor to keep things lively.

LUNCH: Attendees will be provided box lunches both days.

PARTY/CEREMONY: Attendees and spouses are welcome to a “graduation” party after Wednesday’s session, during which certificates of completion will be awarded, and a good time will be had. In some cases, the certificate of completion may help attendees save money on their boat insurance.

How We Went from Knowing Almost Nothing to World Cruising with Valerie & Stan Creighton
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

They were veterinarians in Southern California and had never given a thought to owning a boat. They attended a boat show on a whim, as they entertained a fantasy of relocating to the San Juan Islands on retirement. They subscribed to Passagemaker Magazine ensued, and before they knew it, they had jettisoned the Orcas Island real estate scenario, sold their home, and moved aboard a trawler.

The Creightons cruised their local waters while still employed and climbed a steep learning curve. Then in 2009, they sold their businesses to cruise Mexico. They enjoyed the lifestyle even more than they had imagined and expanded their horizons to the waters of Central America and the Galapagos. They were hooked.

They traded up to a bluewater-capable vessel and since 2013 have cruised from New Zealand to Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. They plan to finally bring our boat back to the Pacific Northwest… by way of Fiji, Panama, Nova Scotia, Greenland, and an east-to-west Northwest Passage.

Their underlying goal is address the various ‘barriers to entry’ encountered by all of us who want to make the aforementioned leaps. For example, maybe one spouse has not fully bought in; concerns about losing connections to family, friends, or work for extended periods; apprehensiveness about having comfort and safety at sea. The point being: If the Creightons could do it, so can you. Join them as they tell the story about how they transited more than 30,000 nautical miles since 2007.

KISS: The Virtues of a Simple Boat with John Clayman
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

Everyone touts the virtues of simplicity, but nowadays this idea is rarely achieved. A veteran cruiser under both sail and power with countless sea miles, John Clayman brings decades of experience in the design, construction, and marketing of cruising boats to Seaton Yachts. As president at Seaton, Clayman wrestles with the conundrum of complexity versus simplicity on a regular basis. This talk follows the debate down through the decades from Beebe’s design of the original PassageMaker to the trawlers of today. If you are considering buying a new boat or refitting your old one, this is the seminar to develop a healthy mindset and maybe even save a few bucks.

The Opposite of Northwest: Three Easy Ways To Get a Boat Over to Florida with Ken Fickett
10:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
$60

Florida boatbuilder and inveterate storyteller Ken Fickett will review the ways that Pacific Coast boaters can cruise Florida and surrounding waters without going through the Panama Canal or around The Horn. Florida and the Bahamas beyond are about as different from cruising Puget Sound and the Inside Passage as two places on the same planet can be. Fickett will not only outline ways to cruise the Sunshine State but state the case for why you should want to, and do it in his own inimitable style.

First Aid and Medical Emergencies with paramedic Scott H. Smith of DAN Medical Services
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Certificate of completion
$60

Paramedic Scott Smith of DAN Medical Services provides the formula to prepare yourself for almost any medical emergency. He will cover sources of Information, first aid kits, medical manuals, medical equipment and supplies, prescription medications, over-the-counter medical supplies, first aid and medical training, communication; 24/7 tele-med support, personal crew responsibilities and pets on board. There will also be an opportunity to practice first aid skills, hemorrhage control or learn hands only CPR. Smith has been with DAN since 2004 and is a practicing paramedic. He is a peer reviewer for prehospital continuing education courses seeking accreditation and a credentialed EMS Instructor.

PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION FOR ONE DAY OF THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

Part 2. Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Boat Handling Illustrated with Bob Sweet (Required for Boat Handling on the Water)
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Certificate of completion
$125

This course, combined with an on-the-water session (see THURSDAY) will develop skills in close quarters maneuvering and docking, not to mention the confidence gained from having been taught by some of the very best instructors in the business. Bob Sweet is the author of several marine titles including Powerboat Handling Illustrated and The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation and Seamanship. Wednesday is all class time, then on Thursday, the class breaks down into groups and goes out on the water to put what it has learned into practice (SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED). The certificate of completion awarded to attendees may help save some money on their boat insurance.

Provisioning 202 with Stan and Valerie Creighton
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

Having cruised from California to Mexico to the Galapagos to the South Pacific to Thailand over the span of a decade, Stan and Valerie Creighton are by definition experts at provisioning. Their seminar is geared toward those who plan on extended coastal or offshore cruising for a season or longer, outside of the United States and Canada.

The Creightons will discuss the different strategies appropriate for multi-day passage making, provisioning for an upcoming season, and everyday provisioning while in distant cruising grounds. Food safety, maximizing shelf life of perishables, and avoidance of insect infestations will be addressed. Several galley gadgets and techniques will be mentioned that can enhance your ability to provide variety, flavor, and good nutrition from your galley, even in the most remote destinations.

Cruising British Columbia with Mark Bunzel
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

Cruising up to Desolation Sound through the Northern Georgia Strait can be the trip of a lifetime. Mark Bunzel, who publishes the guide book for this region, will cover how to plan a safe and comfortable passage from Nanaimo to Lund. When you round Sarah Point and see the snowcapped mountains off in the distance, you will know you have arrived in the beautiful Desolation Sound area.

Bunzel will cover the best strategies to get there and how to plan an itinerary to see the best marinas and anchorages in Desolation Sound. We will even give you tips on how to spend a glorious night just in front of the waterfall in Teakerne Arm. We will also cover preparing your boat and what equipment you may want to have, tides and currents with strategies and routing options, and voyage planning for passing through “the gates”. We will also cover the summer weather patterns and how to interpret the weather forecasts for an enjoyable cruise.

Admirals Roundtable with Linda Lewis, Valerie Creighton, & Becky Fickett 
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$60

A standing joke in the cruising community goes like this: He may be the captain, but she is the admiral, because if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Or something like that. Valerie Creighton, Becky Fickett and Linda Lewis all have cruised widely but with distinctly different experiences. Creighton and her husband have cut a swath from California to Thailand, Fickett, holder of a captains license, has thousands of miles under her belt in East Coast Waters. Linda Lewis is also a licensed captain who teaches powerboat handling and has cruised the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska nine times. This seminar is for women who think they may want to go cruising or who have only recently entered into the cruising lifestyle and have a wide range of questions best answered by other women, and, alas, without any men in the room.

Choosing a Dinghy; Troubleshooting and Maintaining Small Outboard Motors With Sam Devlin & Mike Beemer
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$60

Cruising is no fun without a good dinghy and outboard, yet the choice of dinghy is too often an afterthought and without a working knowledge of how to fix them, life with outboard motors can be a pain in the neck. Boatbuilder Sam Devlin shares tricks and tips and briefs attendees on the pros and cons of different dinghy types, maintenance and troubleshooting. He is joined by Mike Beemer, department chair for the Marine Maintenance Technology school at Skagit Valley College in Anacortes, who will disassemble, clean and reassemble a carburetor in real time for the class.

Weather for Cruisers with Robert Reeder
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Certificate of Completion
$125

Learn the fundamentals of marine weather, with a special focus on Salish Sea weather patterns and weather routing. Robert Reeder explains how to find and use the best local weather resources from NOAA and Environment Canada, and correlate these with your onboard observations to confidently plan inland and coastal passage making. He will also summarize the various hardware and software forecasting solutions available on the market. Reeder began his seafaring career on U.S. Navy submarines, and has sailed commercially on tankers, container ships, tugboats, passenger boats, and just about anything that moves on the water. He lives with his wife and their daughters in “sunny” Seattle.

PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION FOR ONE DAY OF THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW.

THURSDAY, MAY 18

Part 1. Boatbuyer’s Survival Guide with Sam Devlin, Ken Fickett, Dylan Bailey, Vince Petrella and Cary Wiener
Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19 (Two Part Course) 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$250

Even when it goes well, buying a boat can be a stressful process. The idea behind this eight-hour seminar is to arm buyers with the information they need to minimize frustration and unnecessary expense. There are six “team teach” instructors, with individual presentations and a group panel session at the end of the second morning. The theme of the first morning is “physics & psychology,” leading off with the first decision a prospective buyer of a cruising boat must make. That is, what kind of cruiser you plan to be and therefore what kind of hull design, because, as boat designer Sam Devlin will argue, hull form matters. Then boatbuilder Ken Fickett of Great Harbour Trawlers will explain fiberglass boat construction and how to discern between good and bad. Metal boat builder Dylan Bailey explains metal boat construction and its advantages and disadvantages, and Sam Devlin will talk about the art of wood/epoxy builds.

The theme on day two is “the fine print,” and it begins with Dylan Bailey on how to choose the right surveyor and his or her proper role. Yacht broker Vin Petrella speaks on the topic of choosing a yacht broker and the elements of a good sales contract. Insurance veteran Cary Wiener follows with a behind-the-scenes look at marine insurance and the elements of a good cruising policy. Topics will include navigation territories, coverages, claims liability coverages, international medical coverage, north/south restrictions, named windstorm deductibles and the differences between the agreed value and actual cash value policies.

Each morning ends with the panelists answering audience questions, and, as has sometimes happened in the past, disagreeing.

Seattle to San Diego, The First Big Step with Devin Zwick
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

North, west or south—those are the three big choices for a Puget Sound cruiser wanting to get out of Dodge. North is nice. West is open ocean, and south…well south is a long way to anywhere. The first step en route to Mexico, the Panama Canal, or South Pacific is to reach a staging point in Southern California. Devin Zwick is a hard charging delivery skipper for Nordhavn, and he’s been up and down the West Coast more times than he can count. Zwick will share the tips, tricks and strategies to make passages south as safe, comfortable and as much fun as possible.

Old School Navigation with Robert Reeder
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Certificate of Completion
$60

How do I get home when my GPS fails? Robert Reeder, who teaches coastal piloting and terrestrial navigation, will discuss how to get home when the ship’s GPS fails, using an integrated approach that includes simple and inexpensive tools, paper charts, electronic charts and radar. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Reeder continued his career on tankers, container ships, tugboats and other commercial craft. He has a 1,600-ton master’s license and presently works on Seattle-area passenger ferries. For fun he sails a 25-foot sloop.

SOLD OUT! Boat Handling on the Water, Session One
8:30 a.m. –10:30 a.m.
Certificate of completion
*NOT included in VIP PASS*
$175
LIMITED TO 5 PER SESSION. BOAT HANDLING ILLUSTRATED IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE

SOLD OUT! Boat Handling on the Water, Session two
10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Certificate of completion
*NOT included in VIP PASS*
$175
LIMITED TO 5 PER SESSION. BOAT HANDLING ILLUSTRATED IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE

Dial-in Your Trawler with Jeff Merrill
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$60

Over the years and through his experiences on hundreds of trawlers, yacht broker Jeff Merrill has amassed a collection of “good ideas” and “best practices” that trawler owners are using to better monitor their vessels. These simple and effective techniques apply to most power cruising boats. Tricks of the trade and helpful reminders will help take some of the guesswork out of tracking various systems and equipment on board your trawler. Little details like reference marks for needles on analog gauges, a dry-erase board in your engine room, anchor chain marking and many other common-sense tips make this an engaging and informative seminar that you won’t want to miss. Merrill will share photos of these ideas and also discuss an assortment of products that you should consider using on your trawler that will not only make your life more enjoyable, but may also favorably affect your eventual resale value.

Solar & Battery Technology Come of Age With Matt Mortensen & Chris Brignoli
2-4 p.m.
$60

A confluence of maturing technologies could transform boating as we know it. Lithium iron phosphate batteries and solar panels can substantially reduce your carbon footprint while dramatically improving performance of your vessel. Taking advantage of what is available, however, requires a different way of thinking. Presenter Matthew Mortensen Is an independent marine electrician holding an ABYC marine electrical certificate. Besides 15 years of operating Mort Systems, Mortensen has a 100 ton captains ticket and with this has run Great Bear Charters, a successful charter business. This year Matt was part of the team that completed a hybrid electric propulsion system refit aboard Matthews 70-foot Schooner Singawing. Through his third company, Revision Marine, Mortensen has designed and installed over 30 lithium Iron Phosphate battery systems on boats and residential off grid solar systems. He is also active in the design and engineering for the electric propulsion system and full restoration of the Western Flyer, the boat that John Steinbeck, wrote “The Sea of Cortes” aboard.

SOLD OUT! Boat Handling on the Water, Session Three
1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
Certificate of completion
*NOT included in VIP PASS*
$175
LIMITED TO 5 PER SESSION. BOAT HANDLING ILLUSTRATED IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE

SOLD OUT! Boat Handling on the Water, Session Four
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Certificate of completion
*NOT included in VIP PASS*
$175
LIMITED TO 5 PER SESSION. BOAT HANDLING ILLUSTRATED IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE

PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION FOR ONE DAY OF THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW.

FRIDAY, MAY 19

Part 2. Boatbuyer’s Survival Guide
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Part 1. Principles of Passagemaking with Jeff Merrill

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 (Two Part Course) 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Certificate of completion
$250

Traveling between ports requires understanding and knowledge of some fundamental skills to ensure a safe trip. This two-morning course is designed to be both an introduction and a refresher for owner operators and their crew. Yacht broker and all-around boat guy, Jeff Merrill will cover basics of weather forecasting, route planning, watch standing, engine room checks, pilothouse navigation/electronics operations, and much more. If you are interested in transiting between sea ports for overnight passages on your trawler this course will review the essential preparations required.

Merrill has logged more than 14,000 miles offshore on trawlers and has spent the majority of that time training with clients on systems teaching them how to manage and operate their boats. His talk includes photos and illustrations and examples of checklists.

Discussion topics will include making sure you and your trawler are ready before you depart, knowing what to expect underway and understanding what it is really like to operate your trawler around the clock at sea. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, trade ideas and tell sea stories.

Getting the Most Out of Your Radar with Eric Kunz & Bob Sweet
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Certificate of completion
$60.00

For marine radar, World War II is over…finally. Marine author/illustrator Bob Sweet and Furuno Senior Product Manager Eric Kunz will discuss the recent and rapid rise of solid-state multi-frequency radar and the demise of pulse technology originally developed during the Battle of Britain, and what this means for today’s radar consumers and operators. As the title implies, they will share the theory and practical tips that participants can use to get the most from their radars regardless of brand. Kunz was involved in development of Furuno’s recently-announced DRS4D-NXT, a solid-state radar with “pulse compression and Doppler frequency shift sensing technology.” Now is truly the time for a radar seminar.

Troubleshooting Electronics (as opposed to your electrical system) with Eric Kunz
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Certificate of completion
$60

First of all, we said “electronics” not “electrical.” This new seminar will prove that when marine electronics fail there are remedies available to a boater other than surrender and a telephone call to the technician. Eric Kunz, senior product manager for Furuno, takes a non-partisan look at how to troubleshoot hardware, systems and NMEA 0183 and 2000 networks using a meter and common sense. As a teaching aid Kunz will bring to class a networked system in miniature to play with. This is one of those seminars that can end up saving you more than the price of admission.

Cruisers Roundtable with Bruce Kessler, Jeff Merrill, Dylan Bailey, John Clayman, Ken Fickett, Robert Reeder, Devin Zwick and Mark Bunzel
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$60

In this “town hall” event, our panel of veteran cruisers will field audience questions on a wide-range of topics, sea stories always resulting. Circumnavigator Bruce Kessler can discuss what it’s like to spend months and months treading blue water. Jeff Merrill is a yacht broker, author and trawler specialist with thousands of cruising miles with clients. Surveyor Dylan Bailey is a veteran cruiser who learned to build boats with his father. John Clayman is a prominent East Coast yacht broker, cruiser, racer and all around boat guy. Ken Fickett builds fast and slow cruising boats. PassageMaker contributor Robert Reeder is a Navy vet and professional mariner who teaches weather and navigation. Mark Bunzel publishes nautical guides that cover the waters of the Pacific Northwest and, as unlikely as it may seem, the Virgin Islands. Former PassageMaker Editor Peter Swanson, who cruised down-island on a shoestring, will moderate.

PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION FOR ONE DAY OF THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW.

SATURDAY, MAY 20

Part 2. Principles of Passagemaking with Jeff Merrill
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What To Look For Before You Call a Surveyor with Dylan Bailey
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

So, you want to buy a boat? Boatbuilder, cruiser and ace-surveyor Dylan Bailey explains what you should look for before making an offer and hiring a marine surveyor. A dream of the perfect cruising boat can be crushed when its surveyed, but some of those deal-killers could have been detected early were it not for the fact that buying a boat is rarely a rational decision; we are often lead by our hearts. Bailey explains the ways in which buyers can slow down and take a look at the boat with the rose-colored glasses off. He will cover how to inspect hoses, valves, wiring mistakes, and signs of structural damage. There will be many photos of examples of what to look for. Attendees will be given a check list to follow for their inspection.

Communications and Entertainment Solutions with Paul Comyns
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$60

Satellite communications and satellite television keep you connected to the world when you’re out of range of terrestrial systems. Paul Comyns, a veteran marine electronics expert, outlines what is available, how these systems work in layman’s terms, what to expect and how to ask for the right things. There are many new services coming online and Comyns will share what he thinks works best for live-aboard cruisers. He will also explain antenna placement and how to maximize the performance of the systems onboard.

Navigation 202: Electronics with Eric Kunz
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$60

Eric Kunz, who has been involved in the development of numerous innovative marine electronics products, offers a primer on navigation in the digital age. Chart plotters first became multifunction displays (MFDs) when they could also show radar and fish-finding sonar. Now many other possible functions have been added — like forward and side looking sonar, weather, camera display/control, engine monitoring, and digital switching — with more coming. Kunz, senior product manager for Furuno, will illustrate all sorts of integrated navigation systems now in use. He’ll also discuss techniques for managing multiple functions on one or more screens, electronic charting mistakes to avoid, and where it’s all heading.

PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION FOR ONE DAY OF THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW. 

QUESTIONS? Contact Megan at trawlerfest@passagemaker.com or (410) 990-9086 x22

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