DOCK TALK Cruisers University Comes to the Annapolis Boat Shows
re you considering a vacation charter or a long-distance cruise aboard your own vessel? Would you like to feel at ease heading out for an extended trip? Some would-be cruisers never shove off for their dream trip because they lack the confidence and skills to do so. Enter Cruisers University at the Annapolis Boat Shows October 12 to 15. This year, Cruisers University will be held the Monday through Thursday between the sail and powerboat shows. Participants will receive expert advice on how to plan a cruise, equip and maintain a vessel, and handle all manner of reallife situations that occur while underway. Course instructors are expert cruising veterans who’ll share their insider tips for living aboard and share their favorite places to cruise in the Florida Keys, Great Loop, Bahamas, and Chesapeake Bay. “We have an expanded curriculum this fall, which will include lots of options,” says Paul Jacobs, president and general manager
##Cruisers University will take place October 12-15, between the Annapolis Sailboat and Powerboat Shows. Photo courtesy of U.S. Yacht Shows
of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “We’re offering approximately 120 hours of instructional time over a four-day period, and attendees can select the courses that suit their interests. More than 40 electives will be offered, and while most classes are agnostic (good for powerboaters or sailors), we’ve added new curriculum that we think will appeal especially to powerboaters.” Class topics include diesel engines and boat systems, navigation, marine weather, collision avoidance, and more. At registration, participants will select from one to four days of programming.
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Your registration fee not only covers the lectures, but you’ll also receive comprehensive educational materials, admission to the Sailboat or Powerboat Show, and a one-year membership to BoatU.S. In addition, participants may reserve rooms at a reduced rate in a specially reserved block at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, where all classes will be held. Social events and some meals are also included. Register at annapolisboatshows.com or call (410) 2688828. Hotel reservations should be made directly with Historic Inns of Annapolis: historicinnsofannapolis.com
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