Thursday, September 11, 2014


I think I want to go back to school. Power & Motoryacht University is offering courses to improve seamanship on Saturday 13th. For $150 you get full day courses, continental breakfast. working lunch, cocktail reception and graduation ceremony ... and a free admission to the Newport International Boat Show. Now that’s my kind of University!! Cocktails and graduation all in the same day. Sign me up for the Masters program. Did I mention the campus is the Hyatt Regency in Newport Rhode Island?

Here is the course outline:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Getting the Most out of your Electronics for Fishing and Beyond, presented by Navico

Daren Cole, Global Brand Director for Lowrance, will discuss the ins and outs of using such capabilities as photo-like StructureScan images, using the BSM2 Sounder Module to process CHIRP technology sounder signals including reading bottom composition and at-speed depth readings, Trackback sounder-history recording, creating your own charts and sharing them through Insight Genesis, and more.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Yacht Design Insights

Doug Zurn, of Zurn Yacht Design, discusses the challenges of yacht design and how to come up with a design to meet the needs laid out in a design brief. Plus, what you need to know when working with a yacht designer.

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break and meet-and-greet with Power & MotoryachtUniversity sponsors and vendors

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon Planning Your Boat's Maintenance Schedule, presented by VesselVanguard

Learn to keep your boat in tip-top condition with the experts from Hinckley Yachts who offer advice on setting up a maintenance schedule covering preseason, midseason, and end-of-season tasks. Presenters will also answer audience troubleshooting questions and offer advice for quick fixes of underway problems.

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch with VesselVanguard

Have lunch and learn about VesselVanguard, a cloud-based maintenance/management program.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. LED Lighting: Features and Benefits Explained

Mike Moriarty, lighting engineer for IMTRA, will discuss the benefits of LED and share tips and details on refitting with marine LED lighting.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Today's Technology Takes Cruising to the Next Level, presented by Navico

Daren Cole, Global Brand Director for Lowrance, will discuss the capabilities of the latest systems from Navico brands Simrad, Lowrance, and B&G, including powerful charting and sounder capabilities, low-emission 4G Broadband HD radar, and the upcoming ForwardScan forward-looking sonar.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break and meet-and-greet with Power & MotoryachtUniversity sponsors and vendors

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Refitting a Dyer 29

Avid boater and small business owner Grant Tankoos has refit three Dyer 29s, the latest being a diesel-powered trunk cabin that he's excited to cruise. He'll take you through the steps in the projects, and share some stories.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Marine Weather: Assessing Your Self-Reliant Skills

Lee Chesneau is a senior marine meteorologist with a distinguished and extensive career with the U.S. Navy, the National Weather Service, and as a commercial weather router. He discusses the National Weather Service marine program advisory and warning system, reviews weather maps, and discusses the development of self-reliance weather skills.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Refresh, visit with sponsors and vendors

Oh My Lord ... do you think I can pass this course and make something of myself – finally? It’s missing a few courses like ... how to mix cocktails in a rough anchorage and ... how to get female cruisers to shed their bikini tops in the name of equality for all! Seriously though it sounds like a fun weekend doesn’t it?

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