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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 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 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.

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