John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal Present Exciting Free Seminars at the Following 2013 Boat Shows
Oakland Strictly Sail Pacific: Apr. 11-13, 2013 (www.strictlysailpacific.com)
All Free Seminars Held in D Pavilion
Thursday April 11
3:30 Diesel Engine Essentials
A dependable engine and knowledge of systems is key to your safe and enjoyable cruising. John and Amanda Neal will show you how to save money, avoid disasters and extend the life of your engine with an overview of how engines work plus preventative maintenance and troubleshooting insights gleaned from their combined 73 years of worldwide offshore experience. A free handout highlights the essential components of this seminar.
4:45 Selecting an Ocean Cruising Boat
John Neal details 20 key points to consider when purchasing a boat for extended coastal or offshore passage making, based on his 313,000 miles and 38 years of teaching and voyaging. Drawing on his extensive and objective knowledge of boats and builders worldwide, he has helped over 10,000 sailors find their ideal boats. A detailed handout is included.
Friday April 12
1:00 Ocean Voyaging Preparation
Prepare your boat and yourself for ocean cruising, whether to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe or the South Pacific. Topics covered include: selecting the best possible boat within your budget, refitting/outfitting for offshore, piracy and security worldwide, engine & electrical systems, navigation, cost of cruising, insurance, seamanship and communication options. Based on John and Amanda's combined 584,000 miles and 73 years combined experience. A free handout details this seminar.
2:15 South Pacific Cruising from San Francisco to New Zealand
Sail to exotic uncrowded South Seas islands where friendly islanders are pleased to welcome you. Passage planning & storm avoidance, safe & secluded anchorages plus new services available to cruisers throughout the South Pacific are highlighted and detailed in a free handout. In December 2012 John & Amanda returned from sailing Mahina Tiare, their Hallberg-Rassy 46, 10,000 miles in the South Pacific culminating in a combined total of 420,000 miles and 60 years of South Pacific experience.
4:45 Storm Survival Tactics
Survival becomes critical when storm avoidance is no longer an option. With thousands of miles and decades of experience in the high latitudes of the Pacific and Atlantic including six Cape Horn roundings and the Queen's Birthday Storm, John & Amanda outline the ten survival tactics you need to know, including some new radical findings. A concise 25 page text is available illustrating and detailing this seminar.
Saturday April 13
8:00-5:00 Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar - $179 single, $279 couple. Pre-registration requested.
This exciting nine-hour seminar will give you the knowledge and tools to save years and thousands of dollars as you prepare for your cruising lifestyle. The 18 topics that include choosing the right boat, outfitting within your budget and storm tactics have dedicated PowerPoint presentations that follow the seminar's invaluable 250 page Offshore Cruising Companion. John and Amanda Neal and Pete McGonagle's organized format allows you to follow, absorb, understand plus retain crucial information vital to your safety and comfort.
Details, outline and registration at: mahina.com. Held at the Waterfront Hotel