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Five things you need to know before you buy a boat.

Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine     

Friday, December 4, 1-5PM, Tent D  $99

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Buying a cruising boat is likely one of the most significant purchases you will ever make in your lives. Think back to when you bought your first home and all you had to learn. The marine industry is unique from homes or cars and has its own process and requirements for boat buying. When planning to buy their “Dreamboat”, many folks overlook learning about the details involved until it is too late. Skipping this step has the potential to create your largest financial loss and a case of buyers’ remorse that is very costly to undue. Jeff & Jean review a Five Step Plan that will help you create your own plan of action for moving forward with your dream.  

Jeff and Jean assist couples in realizing their sailing dreams with their company Two Can Sail. They work with couples to provide both training and consulting on the cruising lifestyle including; formal training, catamarans, boat shopping & buying, surveying and personal training aboard the couple’s boat. Both Jeff and Jean are 100GT Masters and ASA Certified Sailing Instructors, and Jean is a Marine Surveyor (SAMS AMS). Jeff & Jean have a passion to share their experience from over 60 combined years of cruising, racing and teaching couples.

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How to choose the right boat for your intended use and personal taste.

Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine     

Saturday, December 5, 8AM-12PM Tent C  $99

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Once your foundation of knowledge is in place (see Five Step Plan) and you are ready to buy your dream boat, you will want to make sure it is the boat that really matches your needs and style. The buying process can sometimes be complex and has several opportunities for expensive pitfalls. Jeff & Jean show you where the “stepping stones” are that allow you to navigate the buying process without making potentially six figure mistakes. We will review these steps that should help assure you focus in on the right boat, at the right price, for you: 1. The Budget – create a realistic plan. Financing? Buy or explore the possibilities of charter ownership programs? 2. Determine your intended use for the boat, Bluewater or coastal cruiser (be honest with yourself.) 3. Examine the tradeoffs: Monohull or Catamaran, New or Used, Performance or Comfort 4. Determine the top ten features you will want on the boat: exterior; interior, electronic 5.  The Buying process: Brokers, Surveyors, Contracts, Deposits, Short Hauls, Sea-Trials, AOVs, Closing and follow up.     

Jeff and Jean assist couples in realizing their sailing dreams with their company Two Can Sail. They work with couples to provide both training and consulting on the cruising lifestyle including; formal training, catamarans, boat shopping & buying, surveying and personal training aboard the couple’s boat. Both Jeff and Jean are 100GT Masters and ASA Certified Sailing Instructors, and Jean is a Marine Surveyor (SAMS AMS). Jeff & Jean have a passion to share their experience from over 60 combined years of cruising, racing and teaching couples.

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Outfitting for Blue Water Cruising Above and Below Deck

Pam Wall            

Saturday, December 5, 8AM-12PM, Tent D $99

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What can I do to make my boat a blue water sailing yacht?   Come and see Pam Wall’s educational seminar on “Outfitting for Blue Water Cruising.” Learn from Pam and her families’ experiences while sailing across the oceans.  Her expert knowledge will help anyone learn the essentials of blue water cruising equipment.  Along with the obvious little products that are so important.  Pam gives knowledgeable and practical ideas on how to make your boat, easier to handle, safer, and more fun to sail.          

Pam Wall is well known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective routes for sailing, her sailing instruction, and as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle to all who attend her seminars.  Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children Samantha and Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their custom made Freya 39 KANDARIK.   Pam's boat was built at home and then took her family Around the World and later back and forth across the Atlantic to Europe three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager and Cruising Consultant.  Now if you are in need of help outfitting or just getting information on your cruising needs, contact Pam at:  pam@pamwall.com and visit her web-site: pamwall.com and Face Book Page: Pam Wall Cruising and Sailing Consulting

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Cruising the Abacos in the Bahamas

Pam Wall            

Saturday, December 5, 1-5PM, Tent D $99

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I don’t have to sail around the world to be in Paradise!  Pam Wall has sailed around the world, but her most favorite place of all is in her back yard!  The Bahamas are Pam’s favorite cruising grounds, and she takes you there with a flair!  See the beauty of these magnificent islands, so near, yet so far.  This slide presentation will have you jumping into the clear water before you know it.              

Pam Wall is well known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective routes for sailing, her sailing instruction, and as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle to all who attend her seminars.  Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children Samantha and Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their custom made Freya 39 KANDARIK.   Pam's boat was built at home and then took her family Around the World and later back and forth across the Atlantic to Europe three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager and Cruising Consultant.  Now if you are in need of help outfitting or just getting information on your cruising needs, contact Pam at:  pam@pamwall.com and visit her web-site: pamwall.com and Face Book Page: Pam Wall Cruising and Sailing Consulting

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Surface Pressure Map Workshop

Lee Chesneau

Saturday, December 5, 3-6PM Tent C $65

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This reinforcement workshop takes a closer look at and examines more in-depth Surface Pressure Maps.

• There will be a reinforcement exercise built around surface pressure map symbols, beginning with reviewing one’s understanding the surface station plot (wind direction & speed, atmospheric pressure,& current weather conditions (fog, rain, or thunderstorms)).

• Attendees will be given an opportunity to practice drawing isobars around surface atmospheric pressure readings from station plots; then one will learn what it means to identify where low and high pressure systems are.

• There will be a practice learning exercise to consolidate the difference between “Issued” and “Valid” This is important to understanding the 24 -hour tracking of directional movement of the low and high pressure centers on the surface pressure from the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC).

• Attendees will practice determining true wind direction & speed barbs from a surface pressure map depicting “Low” & “High” pressure only.

• Ref: the National Weather Service marine advisory, watch, and warning program; there will be a couple of scenarios for attendees to consider strategy options before leaving the dock, as well as after leaving the dock.

• Finally, based on reviewing additional surface pressure maps symbols (fronts, troughs, ridges), there will be a practice exercise on being able to identify the specific weather conditions associated with the map symbols; such as associated clouds, visibility restricting weather conditions (fog, or precipitation types; rain, or thunderstorms).

Pre-requisite: Attend free seminar “The Weather Briefing…Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills” (see boat show free seminar schedule)

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Understanding the 500 mb Workshop

Lee Chesneau

Sunday, December 6, 8-11AM, Tent D $65

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We will breakdown the different components of a 500 mb chart, considered to be the holy grail of weather forecasting, and then go deeper into your understanding of weather forecasting; Specifically in addition to the 500 mb station plot, we will delve into the components of a 500 mb chart (altitude versus pressure); iso-height contours, wind barbs & their spacing, iso-height labeling.

Specifically, you will learn:
• to identify upper level troughs and ridges.
• How 500 mb has direct impact on where surface low and high pressure weather systems originate, intensify, weaken, and move (direction & speed of motion).
• To identify and recognize through practice exercises the four (4) basic flow patterns well depicted on 500 mb charts.
• To apply and practice the 500 mb “Rules of Thumb” as it impacts surface weather conditions and forecasting including predicting where the strongest winds on the surface will be.
• To use and exercise the A.B, C, & D zones associated with a 500 mb chart (as discussed in detail in Heavy Weather Avoidance by Chen & Chesneau, (www.chesneaumarineweather.com/?p=214)

Prerequisite: Attend “The Weather Briefing…Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills” & “Unlocking the Mystery of 500 Mb Charts”- Free Seminars (see Seminar Free Schedule)

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Understanding Weather and Cruise Decision Making Workshop

Lee Chesneau

Sunday, December 6, 11:30AM-2:30PM, Tent D $65

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Offshore Blue Water Cruising on the high seas waters always involves receiving the marine weather forecast issued from NOAA or other government agencies such as Environment Canada. We will delve into integrating the core weather maps for vessel forecasting and route decision making inclusive of 500 mb, surface pressure, & wind/wave analyses & forecast charts.

This course exercise will practice:

  • Discuss concepts utilized for long distance voyage planning for both North Pacific & Atlantic Oceans (from pilot charts, to graphical, & text based marine weather forecasts).
  • We practice the importance of developing a culture documentation & verification of 48/ 96 hour Graphical Forecast Verification Page
  • Utilizing the Graphical Pacific Briefing Page from the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), we will get an understanding of synoptic scale weather through 5-days (120 hours) by the integration of surface pressure, 500 mb, & Wind & Wave Analyses and Forecasts Charts.
  • We then tie that into the local marine weather forecasts through 5-days, along with the marine interpretation message from the OPC. Plan a North Atlantic Ocean virtual voyage from Tampa Bay to Bermuda, to the Azores & into the Mediterranean Sea (or the English Channel.

Pre-requisites: “The Weather Briefing…Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills”, “Unlocking the Mystery of 500 Mb Charts”, & “Wind and Wave Concepts & How to Integrate the Charts with the Surface Pressure Maps” – Free Seminars (see boat show schedule)

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The 1-2-3 Rule for Tropical Cyclone Avoidance Workshop

Lee Chesneau

Sunday, December 6, 3-5PM, Tent D $65

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  • Exercise: Interpreting  the Tropical Cyclone Message (TCM)  & construct a “Danger Area to Avoid”
  • Exercise: Applying the  1-2-3 Rule for the Gulf of Mexico, practice Tropical Cyclone avoidance
  • Exercise: Applying the  1-2-3 Rule for the north Atlantic Ocean, practice Tropical Cyclone avoidance
  • Exercise: Applying the  1-2-3 Rule for eastern North Pacific, practice Tropical Cyclone avoidance

Pre-requites: attend the free “Tropical Cyclone Basics &the 1-2-3 Rule for Avoidance" seminar

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