One of the best ways to learn about sailing and all the opportunities available is to visit a sailing show! Whether you are getting started in sailing, planning your dream cruise, preparing for your favorite passage, or looking to get the most out of your sailing, there is a seminar for you.
Enjoy seminars on sailing destinations, weather, tides, cruising on a budget, sail trim, voyage planning, electronics, cruising for couples, catamaran cruising, storm strategies and more. With many unique topics, you may want to spend the entire weekend!
All across the country, there are sailboat activities happening on a regular basis! Check with your local sailboat dealers, yacht clubs or sailing organizations for terrific local opportunities to get you out and on the water! You’ll find in sailors a sea of kindred spirits, and most are more than happy to help you get started!
Join 'Tech Guru' Nigel Calder at the St Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show!
Nigel Calder is best known for his publications “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” and “How to Read a Nautical Chart.” Nigel is currently the technical editor or an associate editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and is also a freelance consultant on marine energy issues. 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 and Scandinavia.
Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Saturday, December 2- 10:30-4:30pm
The diesel engine is a critically important piece of safety equipment aboard any cruising boat. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling “Marine Diesel Engines,” (now in its third edition and used as a text book in numerous diesel classes) brings his unique brand of humor to a seminar for boatowners, both power and sail, who want to get the most out of their time on the water. Distinguishing between contemporary and older diesels, Calder takes a careful look at fuel, oil, cooling, airflow and powertrain systems, describing in detail all normal maintenance procedures together with basic troubleshooting techniques for common diesel engine problems, defining what the untrained boatowner can reasonably be expected to do and what should not be attempted. You will come away with an enhanced understanding of your engine and the confidence to carry out routine maintenance — this alone will save you the price of admission. No previous experience is required.
Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems
Sunday, December 3- 10:30-4:30pm
Rate: $139 / $249 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 fourth edition, with over 300,000 copies sold) takes participants through the core design and installation requirements necessary to head off electrical systems problems and then delves into step-by-step troubleshooting techniques, including using a multimeter, which will rapidly identify most problems should they arise. You will leave this seminar with a far better understanding of your electrical systems and knowing how to fix common problems — and, as a result, might even 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 required to attend this seminar. bout Nigel Calder
November 30 - December 3, 2017
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