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      Offshore Cruising Seminar​ with John and Amanda Neal in Anacortes

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      April 7, 2018

      Saturday   8:00 AM

      1606 R Ave
      Anacortes, Washington 98221

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      Offshore Cruising Seminar​ with John and Amanda Neal

      Worldwide cruisers and instructors, John and Amanda Neal, will be joining the 2018 Cruisers College program with their well regarded Offshore Cruising Seminar. Considering an extended cruise to the far corners of the world or the Inside Passage to Alaska? John and Amanda's program is a day full of tips and techniques starting with selecting a cruising boat to how to equip it for safe and fun cruising. Boat and engine maintenance will be covered along with provisioning and cooking, medical info, and how to communicate and stay in touch with friends, family, and business. The course fee includes their 260-page book "Offshore Companion"  (normally $60). John and Amanda spend seven months of the year teaching couples and crews how to cruise the world aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46 sailboat Mahina Tiare III. This one-day program is based on their knowledge of a combined 645,000 miles of cruising experience all over the world. Seminar Program: 7:45  Registration 8:30  Introduction 9:00 Boat Selection: Design and Construction Criteria - what makes a boat safe and comfortable for offshore voyaging 9:40  Getting Started in the Cruising Life: Understanding your partner 10:20  Break 10:35  Priority Equipment: Outfitting with the gear you REALLY need  11:30  Engines: Spares and Maintenance 11:40  Galley Essentials: We're not talking about camping out! 12:00  Lunch Break 1:00  Anchors and Anchoring:  Five anchoring techniques 1:15  Seamanship: Self-reliance, awareness, and responsibility 1:35  Storm Survival Tactics: Details of ten specific tactics 2:05  Optional Equipment:  Outfitting with the cool gear that makes cruising more comfortable 2:45  Break 2:55  Rigging and Sails: Keeping the mast up and sails set  3:15  Medical: Common problems, preventions, and treatment 3:35  Communications: Realities of staying in touch 3:50  Psychological:  The nuts and bolts of keeping the balance 4:05  Break 4:10  Cost of Cruising: How much will this cost? Working while cruising. 4:15  Managing Your Escape: Piracy, firearms and security issues, insurance, pets, keeping a home base 4:40  Clearing into a Foreign Port: Procedures and courtesies4:50  Leaving your boat in a Foreign Port 5:00  Worldwide Cruise Scenarios 5:30  Graduation Certificate: Questions and answers 6:45  Optional No-host Dinner: Wear your wildest, brightest tropical attire!

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