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Liveaboard seminars set for Annapolis in October

Annapolis Boat Shows said it scheduled its most comprehensive cruising curriculum program to date.

Annapolis Boat Shows said it scheduled its most comprehensive cruising curriculum program to date.

Sandwiched between the U.S. Sailboat Show and the U.S. Powerboat Show, Cruisers University will offer one- to four-day tuition packages Oct. 12-15 for liveaboard boaters. Registration opened last week.

"We provide the experienced and inexperienced cruiser with everything they need to know to slip their lines and live aboard a boat. The comprehensive curriculum includes cruise and route planning, basic and electronic navigation, destinations near and far, how to equip, prepare, and maintain your boat, forecast marine weather, care for your diesel engine and so much more,” Annapolis Boat Shows president Paul Jacobs said in a statement. “Our goal is to offer a customizable program designed to build confidence."

The company said students in the spring session said they felt much more prepared and comfortable after participating in Cruisers University.

"The knowledge acquired through the program filled in the weakest areas that have made me trepidatious about going for it,” one unnamed student said in a company statement. “I now feel much more self-reliant and comfortable managing the boat's systems."

The in-depth programs cover topics in boating preparedness. As part of the four-day program, cruisers may sign up for two days of intensive training in one of the following areas and two additional days of elective courses:

Coastal Navigation and Piloting — Utilize traditional techniques, plotting tools, charts and modern electronics to navigate.

Diesel Maintenance — Use a working diesel and cutaway model to learn how to maintain marine diesel engines.

iNavigation — Integrate the latest technological navigation methods with traditional charts to become competent and confident finding your way on the water.

Full-day elective courses include:

* Marine Weather

* Collision Avoidance — Radar and AIS

* Outfitting For Bluewater Cruising

All classes and breakfast, lunch, and evening social activities will take place at the Historic Inns of Annapolis. Rooms are blocked and reserved for cruisers on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opened last week.

Information is available at cruisersuniversity.com.

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