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2020 Free Seminar Schedule

Advance Registration Seminars also listed and highlighted in yellow.

Schedule subject to change.

The world’s top instructors, tacticians and authors will share their passion, tips and techniques to help educate, motivate and inspire you to take the next step in your boating journey.

Time

Space

Speaker

Title

Thursday, April 16, 2020

10:00AM – 2:00 PM

A

Chuck Hawley & John Taussig

US Sailing Sanctioned Coastal Safety at Sea Course.
Advance Registration Required HERE.

10:30 AM

B

Wendy Hinman

Keeping Your Relationship Afloat

10:30 AM

C

Pat & Carole McIntosh

Cruising Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

11:45 AM

B

Thomas Trimmer

What to Know About the LiFe PO4 Marine Batteries

11:45 AM

C

April & Bruce Winship

READY, SET, GO; The nuts and bolts of launching your cruising adventure with Bruce & April Winship.

1:00 PM

B

Paul Exner

Hawaii Sailing … Allure and Analytics

1:00 PM

C

Kira Maixner

Women’s-Only Sailing Courses – Are they for me?

2:15 PM

A

Katie Burgess

Going Solar Aboard

2:15 PM

B

Sarah & Will Curry

Self Steering Windvanes: Your Best Crew Member

2:15 PM

C

Richard Markie

Mexican Cruising Paper Work

3:30 PM

A

Robert & Virginia Gleser

How the Cruisers Living Their Dream Create Community in Mexico and Beyond

3:30 PM

B

Mike Gunning

It’s 2020 – Diesel or Electric- What I’ve Learned After Converting 500 Boats to Electric

3:30 PM

C

Ross Tennant

Cruising to Alaska- Key Things That You Need to Know

Friday, April 17, 2020

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A

Nigel Calder

2 DAY SEMINAR :Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems
Advance Registration Required HERE.

10:30 AM

B

Richard Markie

Cruising Mexico

10:30 AM

C

Dan Leininger

How to Get Your Captain’s License

11:45 AM

B

Mike Gunning

It’s 2020 – Diesel or Electric- What I’ve Learned After Converting 500 Boats to Electric

11:45 AM

C

Pat & Carole McIntosh with Christine Weaver

Widen Your Cruising Area & Have More Fun Sailing!

1:00 PM

B

April & Bruce Winship

Cruising on a Shoestring Budget with Bruce and April Winship

1:00 PM

C

Fito Espinoza

Visiting Mexico by Private Boat

2:15 PM

B

Tom Alston

Sales Tax Exemptions for Vessel Purchases

2:15 PM – 4:15 PM

C

Sarah & Will Curry

Cruising Forum

3:30 PM

B

Michael Moradzadeh & Other Veterans

Cross That Ocean: Preparing for Pacific Cup and Other Ocean Voyages

4:45 PM

B

Paul Exner

Hawaii Sailing … Allure and Analytics

4:45 PM

C

Lisa Chapin

The Many Pathways to Sailing

Saturday, April 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A

Nigel Calder

2 DAY SEMINAR :Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems
Advance Registration Required HERE.

10:30 AM

B

Thomas Trimmer

Designing the Best Solar System for Your Boat

10:30 AM

C

Pat & Carole McIntosh

Part 1: What’s it Really Like Getting Ready to Cruise? “Things to Know Before You Go!”

11:45 AM

B

Vivian Matuk & Adrien Baudrimont

Mast to Keel – Keeping it Clean and Your Playground Pristine

11:45 AM

C

Pat & Carole McIntosh

Part 2: What’s Cruising Really Like in Mexico? “Things to Know Before You Go!”

1:00 PM

B

Robert & Virginia Gleser

Taking the Leap of Faith to Throw Off the Dock Lines and Go Cruising

1:00 PM

C

Jeremy Davis

Weather Basics

2:15 PM

B

Richard Markie

Cruising Mexico

2:15 PM

C

Richard Anderson

Take Your Business Aboard: Running A Business While Cruising

3:30 PM

B

Leigh Hunt

Global Destinations Chartering – Exploring the Southern Caribbean

3:30 PM

C

Sarah & Will Curry

Tips & Traps: Cruising the Coast, Mexico & South Pacific

4:45 PM

B

Garry Domnisse

Planning and Preparing for Offshore Cruising

4:45 PM

C

Kira Maixner

Women’s Only Sailing Courses – Are they for me?

Sunday, April 19, 2020

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

A

John & Amanda Neal

Offshore Cruising Seminar
Advance Registration Required HERE.

10:30 AM

B

Paul Exner

What’s It Like to Live Aboard a Cruising Sailboat on a Long Voyage

10:30 AM

C

Ken Johnson

Overview of Wilderness First Aid Skills for the Adventurer

11:45 AM

B

Zack Smith

Parachute Sea Anchor and Storm/ Steering Drogues

11:45 AM

C

Richard Anderson

Making Your Electronics Work Together: Preventing Wifi Sprawl and More

1:00 PM

B

Ken Johnson

Overview of Wilderness First Aid Skills for the Adventurer

1:00 PM

C

Richard Markie

The Puddle Jump to the South Pacific

2:15 PM

B

Robert & Virginia Gleser

Harmony Afloat with your Partner in the Small Space of a Boat 24/7

2:15 PM

C

Jeremy Davis

Weather Basics

3:30 PM

B

Dan Leininger

How to Get Your Captain’s License

3:30 PM

C

Fito Espinoza

Visiting Mexico by Private Boat


2020 Advance Registration Seminars

Nigel CalderUnderstanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems
2 Day Seminar
April 17-18, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day
$300/single or $550/couple

The number one source of problems on boats large enough to have an electrical system, both power and sail, lies in these electrical systems. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling ‘Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ (now in its 4th edition, with over 300,000 copies sold) takes participants through the core design requirements necessary to head off electrical systems problems, and to optimize electrical generating efficiency. There will be an extensive review of key installation issues, many of them commonly overlooked or violated, with a hands-on segment installing cable terminals, which are critical to the reliability of electrical systems. Nigel will delve into step-by-step troubleshooting techniques, including using a multimeter, that will rapidly identify most problems should they arise. Various common electrical faults will be simulated and tracked down. Although the focus is on DC systems, Nigel will look at essential safety issues with respect to AC circuits, and measures to prevent galvanic and stray current corrosion. Not only will you leave class with a far better understanding of your electrical systems and knowing how to fix common problems, but you will also likely save the price of admission by not having to make service calls or swap out perfectly good parts in search of solutions. No previous experience is necessary, although this will be an intense two days for those with zero electrical experience! Basic wire terminal installation tools are required. These will be available for purchase for those who do not have them. The course includes a file with a set of 500 slides which can serve as an essential reference for years to come.

This Advanced Seminar comes with a 2-day pass for the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show. The seminar ends each day at 4:00 PM to give attendees 2 hours to walk the show floor and visit the docks as well as attend Latitude 38’s party, on Friday, April 17, 2020 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and the Cruiser’s Party, hosted by Latitudes and Attitudes (previously Cruising Outpost), on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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About Nigel Calder

Nigel Calder is best known for his ‘Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ and ‘Marine Diesel Engines’, both considered definitive works. In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has also authored ‘A Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’, ‘Cuba: A Cruising Guide’, ‘Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors’, ‘How to Read a Nautical Chart’, and, most recently, ‘Shakedown Cruise’. Nigel is currently the Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, and Ocean Navigator magazines and a consultant on marine energy issues. He is a longtime member of the American Boat and Yacht Council’s Electrical Project Technical Committee. He was the technical director of the European Union funded Hybrid Marine (HyMar) project. He and his wife, Terrie, spend several months every year aboard their Malo 46, ‘Nada’. Over the past 35 years they have cruised and written about the East Coast of North America and the Bahamas; the Caribbean; the U.K and points as far north as the Faroe Islands; the Atlantic coasts of Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal; and Scandinavia.

John and Amanda Neal Mahina Offshore Seminar
April 19, 2020
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
$139/single or $249/couple

Self-sufficiency and preparation for your cruising adventures, whether to the Caribbean, South Pacific or the Med are the focus of this full-day seminar with John & Amanda Neal.
The Offshore Cruising Seminar features 18 dynamic topics illustrated with PowerPoint presentations that are documented in the included 260-page of the 46th edition of the Offshore Cruising Companion. Topics include: Selecting and Outfitting a Boat for Offshore Cruising, Diesel Engine Maintenance, Storm Survival Tactics, Rigging & Sails, Communications, Anchoring, Piracy & Security, Managing Your Escape and Cost of Cruising. This is the 176th Offshore Seminar John and Amanda have presented to 12,000 sailors since 1976 and draws from their 732,000 miles and 89 years combined worldwide experience. Visit http://www.mahina.com/seminar.html for the list of topics and timing.

The Mahina Offshore Seminar comes with a one-day ticket for the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show.

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John Neal’s 387,000 ocean miles over 46 years include 30 years of conducting 205 worldwide sail-training expeditions aboard Mahina Tiare, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 detailed on www.mahina.com. He is author, co-author or contributing author of 16 books. John and his wife Amanda annually spend seven months at sea, sailing 10,000 miles. Their seminars incorporate the latest information, techniques and resources.

Amanda Swan Neal’s 345,000 ocean miles include completing the Whitbread Around the World Race as rigger aboard Maiden, two Sydney-Hobart Races and seven Cape Horn roundings. She has worked as a rigger and sailmaker in England, Australia and New Zealand. Additional experience includes coaching women’s international sailing teams and tall ship sail-training. She has instructed aboard Mahina Tiare II & III since 1994 and is author of Diesel Engine Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book and The Essential Galley Companion plus 137 magazine articles.


Chuck Hawley and John Taussig Safety At Sea Seminar
Thursday, April 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$65

US Sailing Sanctioned Coastal Safety at Sea Course

Ever wonder what you would do if someone fell overboard from your boat? Do you have a plan to deal with heavy weather if you can’t reach a safe harbor? Are you interested in selecting the right emergency communications equipment or storm sails, but you’re not sure what to buy? If so, a US Sailing Certified Safety at Sea Course is for you. This 4-hour Coastal Safety at Sea Course is for Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers and will teach you essential safety information for coastal sailors presented by experts that you can use immediately.

Topics include giving assistance, personal safety gear, crew overboard rescue, emergency communication, and search and rescue.

Cost of the course includes one ticket for that day of the boat show and a certificate of completion upon request.

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Chuck Hawley- Chuck is a lifelong sailor, having sailed over 40,000 miles on a variety of power and sail vessels ranging from ultralight 24 footers to the 125 foot catamaran PlayStation. He has sailed across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and has incorporated the lessons learned from those voyages into hundreds of videos and articles on safety and seamanship.

Chuck is a nationally known speaker on marine safety, and served as the chair of the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee from 2011 to 2018. As Chairman, he oversaw the creation of the Safety Equipment Requirements, and was the primary author of an online Safety at Sea course comprised of 175 videos on 15 topics, and co-authored the Safety at Sea book, which is used in courses nationwide.

Chuck worked for 30 years in the marine industry and held senior positions in marketing and product development. He is currently a marine industry consultant. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Susan, and is the proud father of five daughters and one granddaughter.

John Taussig–Paramedic, USCG 50 Ton Master- Adventure sailor, career paramedic, and Executive Director for Backcountry Medical Guides, John has 20+ years working in EMS as a flight, ground, and ranger paramedic throughout the West. He’s skippered voyages up and down the coast from Alaska to Panama and sailed extensively throughout the Caribbean. John currently splits time between boats in Santa Cruz, CA and Bellingham, WA.


Seminar Descriptions

US Sailing Sanctioned Coastal Safety at Sea Course
Ever wonder what you would do if someone fell overboard from your boat? Do you have a plan to deal with heavy weather if you can’t reach a safe harbor? Are you interested in selecting the right emergency communications equipment or storm sails, but you’re not sure what to buy? If so, this four-hour US Sailing Certified Safety at Sea Course is for you. It is for inland and coastal racers and cruisers. Experts will teach you essential safety information that you can use immediately. Topics include giving assistance, personal safety gear, crew overboard rescue, emergency communication, and search and rescue. The course fee includes one ticket for that day of the boat show and a certificate of completion upon request. Cost: $65


Keeping Your Relationship Afloat
A happy crew makes for a happy voyage. Venturing offshore in a small boat puts new pressures on even well-established relationships. Don’t let 24/7 start feeling like a life sentence. Learn techniques for addressing the diverse needs of a crew and dissipating tension aboard so that you can enjoy the places you visit and the unusual way of traveling there. Wendy Hinman, award winning author of “Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials”, shares the wisdom she gathered during her seven-year, 34,000-mile voyage aboard her 31-foot cutter.


Cruising Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

If you think you might enjoy sailing in warm conditions this next winter without having to go to the Caribbean, this seminar will get you on track. This is a destination where you can easily “commuter-cruise” or spend many years just relaxing and “gunk-holing” without ever being out of sight of land. Some folks use it as a staging and jumping off point to enjoy all of Mexico or even the South Pacific.

You can arrive after sailing down the outside of the Baja Peninsula, charter a sailboat in La Paz, or trailer your own boat from home. The McIntoshes can help you be at ease in this wondrous sailing rejoin. They have navigated the coastal waters of Baja and the Sea of Cortez and will help you figure out the roads, airports, marinas and tiendas with first-hand information.

They have helped thousands of other sailors prepare for cruising, and attendees at their seminars will receive a free copy of their latest book “Cruising Notes – Underway to Mexico”.


What to Know About the LiFe PO4 Marine Batteries
It’s time to replace your batteries again. Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO or LFP) batteries are expensive, but are they the best long-term investment for your power needs? Many experts say yes! What is this battery technology all about and how do I determine if it is the best alternative for my boat? This seminar will address LiFePO4 battery technology and how to design a battery bank to meet your power needs.


READY, SET, GO: The Nuts and Bolts of Launching Your Cruising Adventure with Bruce & April Winship

Meet the authors of “Set Sail and Live Your Dreams” and learn the five simple steps to prepare yourself, your boat and your pocketbook to turn your dream into reality. Whether your dreams are big or small, we hope to inspire you to drift off the beaten path, even for just a little while.


Hawaii Sailing … Allure and Analytics
The Hawaiian Islands are the first port-of-call for any Pacific-cruise embarking from North America—the island chain offers rewards and challenges for water-people looking for “real” sailing and NO crowds. Paul presents the analytics and allure of sailing Hawaii’s oceanic waters influenced by volcanic mountains, frontal weather, high surf, and mixed lava/sand roadsted anchorages with few marinas. He also describes, in actionable detail, strategies for crossing inter-island channels (like Alenuihaha between Maui and Big Island) that frequently blow gale conditions. He’ll share with the audience proven strategies for anchoring in Hawaii and information on which sail-inventory provides the most flexibility for the conditions. As well, he’ll present logistical tips on Hawaiian yacht maintenance facilities, provisioning, and state harbors.


Women’s-Only Sailing Courses – Are They for Me?

This seminar explores female-only sailing courses and race teams. It includes discussion on the kinds of women-only sailing opportunities available in the Bay Area and how these courses are beneficial for everyone.


Going Solar Aboard: How to Become Energy Independent

Chat with Katie Burgess of Sun Powered Yachts, and learn all about the benefits of going solar aboard your yacht. Topics include types of marine solar panels, efficiency, shading installation methods, other components needed to install, and available Federal and State tax credits. Go solar to be more energy independent and sustainable sailors!


Self Steering Windvanes: Your Best Crew Member

How about a crew member who spends endless hours on the wheel, doesn’t eat or sleep, and never complains? A self steering windvane will steer your sailboat for short distances or across oceans with absolutely no power consumption. Let us walk you through various systems and how they work. Having an emergency rudder is another consideration and should be high on every offshore sailor’s list!


Mexican Cruising Paperwork

This seminar covers all paperwork needed to enter and cruise Mexico. Learn to use the internet to do all the necessary and required forms before you go.


How the Cruisers Living Their Dream Create Community in Mexico and Beyond

One of the essential ingredients to an enjoyable cruising experience is staying in touch with your cruising friends and taking part in the warm community spirit that exists in Mexico and beyond. Single-side band and HAM radio nets, VHF radio and the Internet, along with dock parties and dinghy raft-ups keep the community vibrant and in touch. Special guest, the mayor of Tenacatita, will give a preview of what goes on at the world-famous Friday night mayor’s raft-up in the exotic Tenacatita anchorage.


It’s 2020 – Diesel or Electric: What I’ve Learned After Converting 500 Boats to Electric

This is a point-by-point comparison of electric and diesel propulsion systems on a sailboat:

1. What it takes to push a boat
2. A Ben Franklin listing of advantages of each technology point-by-point
3. Comparing costs
4. Comparing environmental costs
5. List of marine electric propulsion vendors

The material is taken from interviews with hundreds of clients with Electric Yacht, Elco, Bell Marine, OceanVolt, and Thoosa motor system. We will likely have several electric boat owners at this seminar or at the booth.


Cruising to Alaska: Key Things That You Need to Know

NW Explorations has been leading flotilla trips to Alaska for 15 years and has learned a lot about preparedness, destinations and how to have a safe and enjoyable adventure. In this presentation, the NW Explorations team will share the key steps in getting your boat prepared, required equipment, locations for provisioning, and stops that you will want to take in. Topics include checklists, float-plans and best-practices based on NW Explorations’ experience in the area. The team will provide valuable insights into what it takes to have the adventure of a life-time and to do it safely and comfortably. Routes and destinations will cover the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka as well as the outside of Vancouver Island. Attendees will receive sample checklists and float plans.


TWO-DAY SEMINAR: Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems

The number one source of problems on boats large enough to have an electrical system, both power and sail, lies in these electrical systems. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling “Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual” (now in its 4th edition, with over 300,000 copies sold) takes participants through the core design requirements necessary to head off electrical system problems and to optimize electrical generating efficiency. There will be an extensive review of key installation issues, many of them commonly overlooked or violated, with a hands-on segment on installing cable terminals, which are critical to the reliability of electrical systems. Nigel will delve into step-by-step troubleshooting techniques, including using a multimeter, which will rapidly identify most problems should they arise. Various common electrical faults will be simulated and tracked down. Although the focus is on DC systems, Nigel will look at essential safety issues with respect to AC circuits and measures to prevent galvanic and stray current corrosion. Not only will you leave class with a far better understanding of your electrical systems and knowing how to fix common problems, but you will also likely save the price of admission by not having to make service calls or swap out perfectly good parts in search of solutions. No previous experience is necessary, although this will be an intense two days for those with zero electrical experience! Basic wire terminal installation tools are required. These will be available for purchase for those who do not have them. The course includes a file with a set of 500 slides, which can serve as an essential reference for years to come.

This Advanced Seminar comes with a two-day pass for the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show. The seminar ends each day at 4:00 PM to give attendees two hours to walk the show floor and visit the docks as well as attend Latitude 38’s party, on Friday, April 17, 2020, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and the Cruiser’s Party, hosted by Latitudes and Attitudes (previously Cruising Outpost), on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.


Cruising Mexico

Rumors, lies, innuendos and sea stories. After extensive cruising and 25 years of managing marinas, Richard will bring you the truth about when to go, what to believe and who to believe. He will discuss the paperwork and all of the mysteries you will run into. All of your questions will be answered with humor and real information.


How to Get Your Captain’s License

Come and learn everything you ever wanted to know about getting a Captain’s License. Learn who needs a license, the requirements for different types of licenses, and all about the U. S. Coast Guard application process.


Widen Your Cruising Area and Have More Fun Sailing!

This seminar is about helping you find great new destinations and having more fun sailing while you expand your cruising range and your knowledge and abilities. You will come away understanding how to prepare yourself, your crew and your boat to avoid the perils that nightmares are made of. This seminar includes discussions on how to find good, new, close-to-home destinations in the delta, further afield trailer-sailing destinations, easy to reach bay spots, or even heading out ‘The Gate’ and turning left (or right).
Got some questions? Ask away! There will be lots of time for Q&A. These sailors can help you figure out where to go, how to have fun getting there, and how to have a great time sailing in some fantastic locations you may have thought were beyond your reach.


Cruising on a Shoestring Budget with Bruce and April Winship

Just how cheap can you go? Is bigger better? Meet the authors of “Set Sail and Live Your Dreams” and learn how they defined and met their financial goals to launch their adventure. Learn how boat selection and lifestyle expectations can play a crucial role in your cruising experience.


Visiting Mexico by Private Boat

This session presents a quick guide to entry requirements for private vessels, owners and crew with agencies such as Immigration and Customs and interactions with port captains, CONEPESCA (sportfishing permits), and the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP).


Sales Tax Exemptions for Vessel Purchases

There are many things that go into completing a vessel acquisition, and it can get expensive! Tom Alston will teach you how to save on your next boat by legally avoiding the California sales tax. Aero & Marine Tax Professionals are the preeminent experts in California sales tax involving airplanes, vehicles or vessels.


Cruising Forum

Please join us for an engaging panel discussion with active sailors/adventurers. Learn, laugh, be inspired! This intrepid group will draw from many years and miles of experience to answer host Sarah Curry’s question. How best to prioritize when outfitting an offshore boat? Night watch schedules? Mistakes made? What breaks? We’ll cover topics from communications to heavy weather tactics to life changing landfalls. Benefit from expert tips for safe passages to exciting destinations beyond… the freedom to explore the world in this amazing way is yours to realize.


Cross That Ocean: Preparing for the Pacific Cup and Other Ocean Voyages

Consider the possibility of sailing across an ocean. Whether you are racing in the Pacific Cup or some other race or just having a cruise, we will cover the overall picture of preparing for the passage.


The Many Pathways to Sailing

Captain Lisa will describe ten different opportunities to get out and sail from local community sailing organizations, how to find crew positions, charting opportunities, the sharing economy for sailboats, buying boats and offshore trips. This is the perfect seminar for new sailors!


Designing the Best Solar System for Your Boat

Having plenty of electric power on board while cruising can make the difference between a fantastic experience and a marginal one. Solar energy is an excellent source of electrical power for the cruising sailboat or power boat. Figuring out the size of solar panels you need and matching them up with the various accessories required for a complete high-performance system can be a daunting task. This seminar will address how to approach the design and procurement of solar system and provide information on the current technology available.


Part 1: What’s it Really Like Getting Ready to Cruise? “Things to Know Before You Go!”

Although separate, session I and session II are presented back-to-back as sessions of a single, comprehensive seminar. Since some topics cover multiple or overlapping information and areas, our presentations are compiled and presented to give you ample time to get all the information you need and to ask all the questions you want. After attending these combined seminars, you will be ready to enjoy your cruise heading confidently and safely down the California and Mexico coasts. All attendees will receive a copy of the presenters’ newest book, “Cruising Notes – Underway to Mexico”.

Session I will deal primarily with important preparations for your boat and crew and getting your cruise underway heading south. We’ll cover what we think are the most important basic skills you and your crew must master to be safe and enjoy your cruise. We’ll show you why these skills are important, using as examples the places you will visit along the California and Baja coasts and the Sea of Cortez. Also covered, depending on time remaining and the questions and answers, are the crossings to Mazatlán or the Puerto Vallarta/Banderas Bay areas and putting your boat away for the hurricane season.


Part 2: What’s Cruising Really Like in Mexico? “Things to Know Before You Go!”

Session II will, depending on topics covered in session I, continue to cover putting your boat away for the hurricane season and the southern crossings to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. We will continue to relate these important skills to the various locals and conditions you will be in. The majority of time will cover the “Gold Coast” of Mexico from Banderas Bay, Tenacatita, Barra de Navidad, down to Zihuatanejo and, time permitting, further down the coast to Acapulco, Huatulco, and the Golfo De Tehuantepec (and possibly Panama). These two seminar sessions will tie it all together so you will have a safe and enjoyable, “no surprises!” cruise of a lifetime!


Mast to Keel: Keeping it Clean and Your Playground Pristine

Seminar participants will learn some simple, environmentally-sound boating practices that can be implemented to address oil, fuel, trash and sewage. Participants will receive the California free boater kit that includes an oil- absorbent pillow and sheet, a fuel bib, information about environmental boating laws, oil- related disposal site information, the ABCs of Boating laws and the San Francisco Bay Clean Boating and Pumpout Maps. As well, there will be information on the great new, free Pumpout Nav app.


Taking the Leap of Faith to Throw Off the Dock Lines and Go Cruising

Turning your dream into a reality requires hard work, money, time and, most importantly, reaching take-off velocity to break out of the heavy magnetic pull of life’s responsibilities that keeps you firmly tied to the dock. We’ll take you through the changes that can prepare you to sail off into the sunset, ready to take on the challenges of the ocean. Knowing the opportune seasons to cruise and how to prepare yourself and your vessel—all while flowing gracefully into your newly chosen lifestyle—are just a few of the topics of discussion.


Weather Basics

Understanding the importance of weather is critical to planning a voyage. This presentation will provide a general introduction to weather basics, including discussions on climate, air masses, reading observations, radar and satellite interpretation, and sources of weather information important to the mariner.


Take Your Business Aboard: Running a Business While Cruising

You don’t have to wait until you retire to go cruising! Learn how to take your business with you as you travel the world, as we discuss everything from managing staff to managing bandwidth and budgeting for internet. All it takes is a little planning to turn your business into a mobile operation that will pay for the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.


Global Destinations Chartering: Exploring the Southern Caribbean

Learn to explore the most beautiful destinations in the world via sailboat! Many aspiring sailors dream about the warm water and beautiful scenery of the Caribbean, the exotic islands of the South Pacific, or the historic sites of the Mediterranean. Using his recent charter experiences in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines in January 2019, Leigh with show you how easy and accessible destination chartering can be!


Tips & Traps: Cruising the Coast, Mexico and the South Pacific

Bring a pen and a sense of humor! Gather information as the presenters share their sailing experiences down the foggy Washington, Oregon, California coast; cruising Mexico; and setting sail west across the South Pacific to Australia. Hear what worked and what didn’t. Hear their favorite tips for prioritizing gear, comfort, and passage timing. Learn how to NOT get picked up by the local police in Tonga. And hear why having two heads aboard can come in handy!


Planning and Preparing for Offshore Cruising: The Results of Uncertainty and Predictably

In this session, discussion is on finding the right boat and on outfitting and preparing the captain, crew and boat for offshore cruising. The presenter gives three real-life examples of weather-related issues, guests who made part of the trip miserable, and equipment failure that changed how and where they sailed. Discuss how to prepare, if possible, for events that can changes your plans.


Offshore Cruising Seminar

This full-day seminar with John and Amanda Neal focuses on self-sufficiency and preparation for your cruising adventures—whether to the Caribbean, the South Pacific, or the Mediterranean.

This seminar features 18 dynamic topics, illustrated with PowerPoint presentations that are documented in the included 260-page of the 46th edition of the ”Offshore Cruising Companion”. Topics include: selecting and outfitting a boat for offshore cruising; diesel engine maintenance; storm survival tactics; rigging and sails; communications; anchoring; piracy and security; managing your escape; and, cost of cruising. Since 1976, John and Amanda have presented this Offshore Cruising seminar to 12,000 sailors, drawing from their 732,000 miles and 89 years of combined worldwide experience. (This year’s seminar presentation is number 176 for John and Amanda!)

Visit http://www.mahina.com/seminar.html for the list of topics and timing.

The Mahina Offshore seminar comes with a one-day ticket for the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show.


What’s It Like to Live Aboard a Cruising Sailboat on a Long Voyage

At some point in their sailing career, every yacht that ventures into the deep ocean will sail through high-winds, encountering squalls or thunderstorms on the edge of unstable weather, likely becoming engulfed in thrashing conditions seen within a frontal boundary or low pressure system. Paul Exner presents the strategy and equipment to help prepare for and handle heavy winds and seas offshore. He will discuss avoidance tactics, mental and physical preparation, on-board organization, heavy-weather gear and sail management, vessel performance, seamanship and prudence in a way that helps each attendee go forward with the knowledge to prepare themselves and their vessel for making lengthy voyages offshore, where severe weather is prevalent.


Overview of Wilderness First Aid Skills for the Adventurer

Whether in your backyard, mountains or 300 miles offshore, wilderness first aid skills can make all the difference in one’s survival and recovery. This presentation touches on many of the same topics covered in our Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid courses.


Parachute Sea Anchor and Storm/Steering Drogues

In this session, complete para-anchor and storm drogue setups are explained in detail. This includes discussion on storm survival, and drift control and emergency steering options for power, sail, monohull, and multihull boats.


Making Your Electronics Work Together: Preventing Wi-Fi Sprawl and More

Modern marine electronics have some incredible networking features. When set up properly, a captain can run all a boat’s systems—from navigation to power to weather to web surfing—from a single laptop or tablet. But, making it all work together requires a basic understanding of boat networking and how to choose the right electronics for your boat’s network. This session covers network basics, frequent networking pitfalls, and how to avoid those pitfalls.


The Puddle Jump to the South Pacific

This is an introduction to the group going to the South Pacific. The seminar includes information about seminars held in Vallarta Yacht Club from January to March on topics ranging from navigation to weather, safety and paperwork.


Harmony Afloat with your Partner in the Small Space of a Boat 24/7

Cruising the world’s oceans is, more often than not, a man’s dream. Meanwhile, his significant other, with some reluctance, decides to go with him. The challenge then is how to cruise successfully (meaning having a wonderful time) when you live together 24/7 on a rocking sailboat. This is a fun and interactive seminar that will give you an idea of how we’ve managed to have great cruising adventures for six months of each of the last 19 years. At the end of the cruising season, we have happily said to each other, “Let’s do it again next year.” We focus on the steep learning curve of the first year—the myriad experiences that can enhance your time together as well as those situations you want to avoid while pursuing your dream.

Meet The Speakers


Tom Alston

Tom is the CEO of Aero & Marine Tax Professionals, the preeminent experts in California Sales involving airplanes, vehicles or vessels. He was personally involved in the preparation and filing of thousands of tax returns with a 100% success rate. Mr. Alston’s management and marketing experience are the foundation and guiding hand for all of Aero & Marine Tax Professionals’ activities. His four decades of running companies, creating new services, public speaking experience, communications skills and the ability to select and train great people have resulted in Aero & Marine Tax Professionals being the premier California sales and use tax consulting firm specializing in the area of mobile transportation equipment (aircraft, vessels and vehicles).


Richard Anderson

Richard runs multiple businesses from the boat, the road, or wherever he happens to be in the world, including his primary venture Sea-Tech Systems. Richard is not only a successful digital nomad, he’s also a licensed captain and family man, having traveled over 7,000 miles by boat for two years with his family of four. Now, he helps other cruisers turn their cruising dreams into a profitable lifestyle.


Adrien Baudrimont & Vivian Matuk

Adrien is an environmental planner with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and the Clean Vessel Act Program. This program, funded by the California Division of Boating and Waterways, works with marinas, boaters and other stakeholders to increase awareness of the effects of sewage discharge. In parallel, Adrien manages nature-based shoreline infrastructure projects, including the Oro Loma Experimental Horizontal Levee. Previously, Adrien managed the San Francisco Creek Mouth Assessment Project, as well as the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) Small Grant Program before taking an active role in the Boater Outreach and Education Program. Before joining the Partnership, Adrien worked for several cities in Europe as a consultant in urban planning and sustainable development. Adrien has a master‘s degree in geography and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Paris Sorbonne.

Vivian Matuk is the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission’s (CCC) Environmental Boating Program Coordinator and Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Program Manager. Vivian manages the statewide Boating Clean and Green program led by DBW and implemented in partnership with CCC. The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters. To implement this program, Vivian works with boaters and boating facility operators. Vivian has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, South America, and a master’s degree in geography with a concentration in environmental management and natural resource planning from San Francisco State University. Vivian previously worked with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. She also worked with the National Coffee Research Center in Colombia, developing eco-toxicological tests to measure the impact caused by coffee-processing wastes.

Katie Burgess
Katie has been solar for over a decade and brings the extensive technical knowledge to you in this seminar. She started Sun Powered Yachts with her husband Lyall to bring SunPower flexible panels to the marine market. She is happy to help you find ways to go solar aboard your boats.


Lisa Chapin

Captain Lisa has been a lifelong sailor, safely navigating from sailing a Sunfish with her dad and the family dog to cruising halfway around the world on four different sailboats as crew. For the past 12 years, she has been using her captain’s license to keep sailing alive by helping busy people have a boatowner-like experience at SailTime San Francisco.


Sarah & Will Curry

Will & Sarah Curry bought their first boat in Mexico in 2012. After Will showed Sarah the ropes, they sailed into the sunset—west, across the incredible South Pacific. SV Hydroquest sold in Australia, but they were addicted to the lifestyle … On to Boat #2! After outfitting a Jeanneau 43 in Vancouver, they set off cruising again in 2017. SV Kaiquest is currently in (TBA) and Will and Sarah are busy training their newest crew: twin boys.


Jeremy Davis

Jeremy is a yacht operations manager for Weather Routing Inc. (WRI). He has been employed by Weather Routing for the past 20 years, where he provides customized weather forecasts and routing advice to clients worldwide and supervises the forecast center. He is a 2000 graduate of Lyndon State College, VT.


Garry Domnisse

Garry is retired from the United States Coast Guard and a 100 Ton Master near shore. His wife was a nurse and a boat owner. Garry and his wife both grew up around boats. They decided on a Valiant 40 Yellow Rose to sail around the world.


Fito Espinoza

A native of Tijuana, Fito has 24 years of experience as a marina manager in Ensenada’s Marina Coral, a favorite destination for boaters making their first stop in Mexico. Making sure everybody has the correct paperwork to clear in to the country is an obligation he takes seriously. Recently, Fito collaborated with the Mexico Tourism Board to promote Mexico’s nautical destinations.


Paul Exner

Paul is a master sailor, sailing coach and consultant, and mentor to adventure seekers. Paul has sailed actively with attention to detail, and awareness about seamanship for over four decades! He’s an international-level expedition leader, boat builder, refit expert, curriculum creator, and is the rare sailor who has the tenacity, knowledge and organizational experience to prepare his clients to sail voyages aboard their own boat self-sufficiently, as they venture beyond the deep-water horizon.


Robert & Virginia Gleser

Virginia and Robert have just completed their 19th year of cruising their Islander Freeport 40 ketch, “Harmony,” from San Francisco to Mexico and beyond to Latin American and Ecuador. They have been married for 48 years and have raised eight children. When their last child went off to college in 2000, they sold their business and headed out the Golden Gate and turned left to cruise in warm climes. Virginia has authored the book entitled “Harmony on the High Seas, When Your Mate Becomes Your Matey,” which has earned rave reviews from the cruising community.

Mike Gunning
Mike is the part owner and director of sales for Electric Yacht. Electric Yacht and Mike have actively converted over 500 sail and power boats to electric propulsion over the last eight years.

Wendy Hinman
Wendy Hinman grew up sailing and has been sailing for more than 40 years. She taught sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and has cruised and raced in venues around the globe in all sorts of boats as skipper and crew, sometimes winning. She spent seven years at sea, sailing 34,000 miles aboard her 31 foot cutter, Velella, with her husband and enjoyed it so much, she never wanted to stop voyaging. She did return, still married and innocent of plotting murder or divorce. You can read about her adventures in Tightwads on the Loose, which has earned rave reviews and won awards. Her second book, Sea Trials, details the story of the Wilcox family’s determined quest to circumnavigate despite being shipwrecked. Of Sea Trials, Sailing Magazine writes “A captivating narrative, full of suspense and colorful descriptions … Readers of all ages will enjoy this story and the skill with which it is told.” You can learn more on Wendy Hinman and her writing on her website and read snippets from her voyage blog at www.wendyhinman.com. She and her husband are currently building a boat for more cruising adventures.


Leigh Hunt

Leigh is the CEO of Modern Sailing School and Club. Modern has been running an active Global Destinations program since 1998 and has lead flotillas in many of the most beautiful sailing destinations in the world. With flotilla group charters in the Caribbean Windward Islands, Croatia, Tahiti and Greece in the last four years, Leigh can share the highlights of his experiences and help you plan for your next destination sail!


Ken Johnson

Ken is a retired emergency medical technician/fire chief with extensive rescue experience in both rural and urban settings.


Dan Leininger

Capt. Leininger is the Northern California Regional Manager for Training Resources Maritime Institute. He is a retired naval officer and currently holds a Master 100GT Near Coastal license. Dan runs an office in Alameda, CA, where he provides U.S. Coast Guard licensing instruction and testing. Dan has held several positions on the San Francisco waterfront, including harbormaster and director of sailing programs. Dan is the executive director of America True and a board member at the Alameda Community Sailing Center.


Kira Maixner

Kira has her OUPV Captains License. She is a sailing instructor at Modern Sailing School and Club and crew on USA 76. Alongside her captaining career, she is also the owner and chief consultant of her own, small marketing agency where she works with small businesses in the outdoors and marine industries.


Richard Markie

Dick started cruising Mexico in 1990. After selling his business and leaving California, he spent several years cruising all of the Mexican coast. He opened and ran Marina Mazatlan for many years, before moving to Nuevo Vallarta, where he was charged with designing and managing the best marina in Mexico, called Paradise Village Marina.


Pat & Carole McIntosh

Pat and Carole have had many sailboats and power boats. They have almost 50 years of experience in power boats and sailboats, accumulating many years of lake sailing, trailer sailing, chartering, coastal cruising, and blue water sailing—all while raising four kids. They’ve dealt with the anxiety of your first time being in deep water, trailering a boat hundreds of miles to sail in an unknown area, being out of sight of land, or being on the line for your first race. The McIntoshes began boating in Folsom Lake near Sacramento in the late 1960s, expanded to the delta and the bay, have chartered in the Pacific Northwest, Belize and Panama, and have spent many years cruising Mexico and beyond, including some “blue water” cruising in the Pacific. Their cruising seminars and books have helped cruisers “cut the lines” since 2009. They have co-authored two books: “CRUISING NOTES -Things to know before you go” and “CRUISING NOTES – Underway to Mexico”.


Michael Moradzadeh

Twelve-time Pacific crosser, Pacific Cup commodore, and Transpac winner Michael Moradzadeh is joined by a team of experienced racers and cruisers to map out your strategy for a successful passage.


Zack Smith

Zack is an internationally recognized expert in the design and use of para-anchors and storm drogues. He is currently working with several companies including: The Ocean Clean Up, the U.S. Navy, and several military contractors to develop safer-to-use parachute sea anchor systems. Zack has been the head of research for Fiorentino Para-Anchor since 1995.


Ross Tennant

Ross is the owner of NW Explorations, which specializes in preparing and delivering guided excursions on the PNW. NWE developed the Mother Goose concept of leader-led flotillas that have inspired many people to venture beyond the well-traveled destinations to some areas further afield—and to do it safely. Ross and his family grew up boating on Vancouver Island. He is proud to run an organization with a reputation for delivering outstanding experiences to guests all over the world.


Thomas Trimmer

Tom is the founder and owner of Custom Marine Products, a company specializing in marine solar systems for the cruising sailor. Tom has been a cruising sailor for more than 20 years and understands that the number one challenge to comfortable cruising is the availability of electrical power. His company has helped many sailors analyze their power requirements, evaluate solar products available and design systems to meet their needs. A graduate mechanical/electrical engineer from the University of Michigan, Tom has been involved in the marine industry for over 20 years. He and his wife cruise the Great Lakes for six weeks each summer, testing and evaluating solar equipment (somebody has to do it!).


Christine Weaver

Christine is a California native. She grew up around San Francisco Bay, graduated from San Francisco State University, and learned to sail in El Toros at age 12. She has been actively racing and cruising since 1992, shortly after joining the staff of Latitude 38. She is now the editor of Racing Sheet and other racing-related features in the Latitude 38 magazine. She also writes the racing reports in ‘Lectronic Latitude. When not racing, she continues to be out and about as an avid cruiser. Christine co-founded the Delta Doo Dah cruising rally in 2009. With all her other duties, she still acts as the Delta Doo Dah rally organizer, helping to expand the cruising horizons for untold numbers of sailors.


April & Bruce Winship

Bruce and April set sail with their young daughters on an adventure of a lifetime aboard their 33-foot catamaran Chewbacca. Their exploration spanned 10 years and covered the waters of Mexico, and Central and South America. They are the authors of “Set Sail and Live Your Dreams” (Seaworthy Publications 2019), and their articles about the cruising lifestyle and their sailing adventures have been featured in many publications.

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