Retired Top Admiral Salutes Diesel Instructors, Goes Cruising

As one of only about 35 vice-admirals in the Navy, Dixon Smith was in charge of every U.S. naval base in the world. Before that he commanded USS The Sullivans, the guided missile destroyer pictured above.

Vice Admiral Dixon Smith receives his certificate of completion from instructor Steve Zimmerman at the conclusion of the 2018 diesel course.

Vice Admiral Dixon Smith receives his certificate of completion from instructor Steve Zimmerman at the conclusion of the 2018 diesel course.

After tours in the Pentagon, Smith wanted to go back to sea, this time with his wife Kiki. Just before retiring earlier this year they bought a 2005 Selene 48. So how did Smith prepare for this new “command?”

He attended TrawlerFest in Baltimore last year and took our flagship course “Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines” with Nigel Calder and Steve Zimmerman. Here’s what Smith had to say about the experience:

I’ve been around boats and ships my whole life, and having recently purchased a trawler, I’m glad I took the time to attend the two-day diesel engine course. The range and depth of material Nigel and Steve cover, not just the main engine, but electrical and various auxiliary systems, is excellent and covered many areas I didn’t know, or didn’t know well enough. The “hands on” opportunities also helped reinforce / clarify what we covered in the classroom. While I certainly don’t remember everything, I do feel more comfortable moving around my engine room. When I come upon something I don’t have 100 percent confidence in, I’m now better prepared to find my way to the correct solution. I definitely find TrawlerFest’s diesel course to be of continuing value.

Smith says he plans to take Highlander Downeast to Maine this summer on her maiden voyage. Thank you, good luck and smooth seas, skipper!

For anyone hoping to follow in the admiral’s wake, Calder and Zimmerman will be teaching the diesel course together for about the 25 time in Baltimore this September. Class size is limited to 36, and it usually maxes out.

REGISTER FOR SEMINARS

SEMINARS: Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 24-28
IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 26-28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

HARBOR EAST MARINA
40 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 625-1700

Would you like to be an exhibitor? Email Ryan at rdavidson@aimmedia.com

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW
General Admission: $15 in advance, $18 onsite
Available for Thursday – Saturday, valid one day only
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kids up to age 14 enter for FREE!
Seminar participants enter in-water boat show free on day of seminar.

Admiral Dixon Smith before his recent retirement.

Admiral Dixon Smith before his recent retirement.

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