Diesel Engine Service and light repair-$500/1day – Learn to service your engine, change your oil and oil filter, change fuel filters, bleed your engine, change belts and alternators, learn how the cooling system works and how to change a raw water impeller and check the sea-strainer, learn what tools and spare parts you need to carry to work on your engine.
Rigging-$500/1 day – Learn rigging terminology, how to tune your rig, how to end for end your halyards or replace a halyard without ascending the mast, how to safely and comfortably ascend your mast, including what equipment you need to do so, how to service your winches, learn the knots every seaman needs to know including those with no practical use on board except to get you a free drink in the local sailors pub.
DC Electrical Systems-$500/1 day – Learn to troubleshoot DC electrical problems on board, learn how to determine proper line and fuse sizes, how to install and connect equipment to your DC electrical panel. As part of this course you will also learn how to determine your systems proper battery size and type as well has charging requirements from all sources be they engine/generator driven, shore power, solar or wind generated.
Marine Trade Skills-Learn how to do anything on board connected with maintenance and repair. We can teach you how to do most things on board-plumbing, electrical, painting, varnishing, installing a pump, installing a new piece of electronic gear, or build a dish rack, you name it. We no longer do repairs and maintanence on boats, we teach you how so later on while cruising you can take care of things on your own and not have to pay for expensive outside labor. These courses can be anywhere from a couple of hours to all day are totally hands on and are charged out at $50/hr with 2 hour minimum.
Fees-Are for instructor only. Expenses for travel, lodging and meals not included. You may combine any two courses into a weekend or consecutive 2 day period for $1000.00 or any three courses into a consecutive 3 day period for $1500.00. We like to limit class size to 6 as that is the most we can easily communicate with and allow everyone to have hands on experience. If crews from different boats attend we can move from boat to boat to look at the various set-ups and problems involved but all vessels must be close to each other so we don’t waste time traveling. Fees also do not include the cost of a boat for training or any dock fees as we assume classes will be held on a particapents boat at their marina or yacht club dock.
Class Locations; We can hold classes anywhere in the world. The least expensive locations are those that are nearby to where ever we happen to be, we live-aboard and cruise so please check our website to see where we are. Generally in winter we are in the tropics and in summer in a more northern latitude.