John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal Present Exciting
Free Seminars at the Following 2014 Boat Shows
Seattle Boat Show Seminars
January 31 & February 1, 2014
Friday, January 31
1:00 Diesel Engine Essentials
A dependable engine and knowledge of systems is key to most successful cruises. Join John and Amanda for an overview of diesel engines, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting insights gleaned from their combined 73 years of offshore experience. A free handout highlights the essential components of this seminar.
3:00 Galley Essentials with Amanda
48 North’s monthly culinary columnist shares her recent offshore galley adventures, showing you how to excel in provisioning, organizing, cooking and entertaining aboard.
5:00 Ocean Cruising Boat Selection
John Neal details 20 key points to consider when purchasing a boat for extended coastal or offshore passage making, based on his 322,000 miles and 39 years of teaching and voyaging. Drawing on his extensive and objective knowledge of boat design, their characteristics and builder quality worldwide, he can help you quickly narrow your search. A free handout is included.
Saturday, February 1
11:00 South Pacific Cruising from Seattle to New Zealand
Sail to exotic uncrowded South Seas isles where friendly islanders welcome you. Weather, passage planning, safe & secluded anchorages plus new services available to cruisers are detailed in images and a free handout. This year John & Amanda Neal sailed Mahina Tiare, their Hallberg-Rassy 469,000 miles in the South Pacific culminating in a combined 378,000 miles and 56 years of South Pacific experience.
1:00 Storm Survival and Avoidance Tactics
Survival becomes critical when storm avoidance is no longer an option. John & Amanda Neal show you the safest survival tactics including some radical new techniques based on their thousands of miles and decades of experience in the high latitudes of the Pacific and Atlantic, six Cape Horn roundings and the Queen’s Birthday Storm. A concise 25 page text is available illustrating and detailing this seminar.
3:00 Offshore Cruising Countdown
Prepare your boat and yourself for cruising, whether to Mexico, the Caribbean, the Med or the South Pacific. Topics covered include: selecting the best possible boat within your budget, refitting/outfitting for offshore, engine and electrical systems, navigation, cost of cruising, insurance, seamanship and communication options. Based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 602,000 miles and 75 years’ experience. A free handout details this seminar.
Sponsored by: Blue Water Sailing, West Marine, Mahina Expeditions