Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore cruising seminars and boat purchase consultation.

Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore cruising seminars and boat purchase consultation.

FREE SEMINARS

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal Present Exciting Free Seminars


We will presenting free, one-hour seminar at the following shows in 2017. We will post our schedules of seminars once they are confirmed with the shows.

Jan. 20 & 21, 2017: Toronto Boat Show | Jan. 27-29: Seattle Boat Show


2017 Toronto Boat Show Seminar Series

with Nigel Calder and John & Amanda Neal
January 20-22, 2017

Friday: 9-4  Understanding Boat Electrical Systems with Nigel Calder
Saturday: 9-5  Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar presented by John & Amanda Neal with Nigel Calder
Sunday:   9-5  Understanding Marine Diesel Engines with Nigel Calder
Price: $100 CAN per seminar

Free Seminars:
Sunday: 10:30 – 12:30: Ocean Cruising Freedom forum panel with Sarah & Will Curry and John & Amanda
Sunday: 1:00 PM: Storm Survival Tactics with John & Amanda

Nigel Calder
Nigel got into motorcycles and sailing dinghies as a teenager in England, and has never been far from mechanical things and boats ever since.  In a varied career, before becoming a full-time sailing writer he worked on automotive assembly lines, in foundries and machine shops, and on offshore oil production platforms.  He and his wife, Terrie, have built a couple of 70-foot canal boats (on which they lived in England), and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter. 

They then sailed a Pacific Seacraft 40 for 5 years, following which they had a Malo 45 built in Sweden. This was sold to be replaced by a Malo 46 with an experimental electrical distribution and propulsion system. It has been used for extensive testing of cutting edge systems, including a 4-year European Union funded project, of which Nigel was the Technical Director, investigating the applicability of hybrid technologies to marine propulsion systems. Nigel and Terrie have sailed in the North Sea, the Atlantic as far north as the Faroe Islands, the U.S. east coast, the Bahamas, Cuba and extensively in the Caribbean, with Pippin (now aged 30) and Paul (28) augmenting the crew along the way. 

Nigel is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual (now in its 4th edition with over 300,000 copies sold), and his Marine Diesel Engines (in its 3rd edition), both considered the definitive works in their field.  In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has also authored a ‘Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’, ‘Cuba: A Cruising Guide’, ‘Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors’ and ‘How to Read a Nautical Chart’. Nigel is currently the Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues.


2017 Seattle Boat Show Seminars

Sponsored by Blue Water Sailing Magazine January 27, 28, 29 & 30

Friday, January 27: North Hall, Stage #2

3:00 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Six essential components of diesel engines will be explained by Amanda Swan Neal enabling you to understand how engines work. Amanda also features troubleshooting and preventative maintenance based on her 39 years of ocean voyaging. A free handout highlighting the essential points and resources is included.

5:00 Boat Selection for Offshore Cruising
John Neal and Pete McGonagle feature 22 key points and latest trends to consider when purchasing a boat for coastal or offshore voyaging, based on their combined 1,440,000 sea miles and 74 years of experience. With their extensive, objective and worldwide knowledge of boats and builders, they’ll quickly allow you to narrow your search. There’s a free handout and a 37-page booklet is available.

 

Saturday, January 28: Club Level, Stage #4

10:15 - 12:15 Offshore Cruising Forum
Join us at the Offshore Cruising Forum for an engaging panel discussion with active sailors/adventurers. John & Amanda Neal, Andy & Jill Cross, and Will Curry will draw on years and miles of experience to answer host Sarah Curry’s questions. What should you prioritize when choosing and outfitting an offshore boat? How can you best prepare yourself for the cruising lifestyle and situations you may encounter? Learn from our mistakes too!

1:00 Blue Water Voyaging Preparation
Prepare to sail to Mexico, Alaska, Caribbean or the South Pacific with 20 steps detailing Boat Selection and Outfitting, Engines & Electrics, Piracy, Route Planning, Cost of Cruising and Communications. Based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 658,000 miles and 81 years’ experience this seminar’s resources and outline are included in a free outline and their 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion is available.

3:00 Storm Avoidance & Survival Tactics
Based on their combined 658,000 ocean miles and decades of high-latitude experience John & Amanda Neal highlight the essence of storm avoidance including latest weather resources. When avoidance is no longer an option, survival becomes critical and ten specific tactics are highlighted including some radical new techniques that keep both crew and boat safe. A concise illustrated 25-page text is available.


Sunday, January 29: Club Level, Stage #4

1:00 South Pacific: How to Sail from Seattle to New Zealand
Sail safely through Paradise - uncrowded South Seas isles await where friendly islanders welcome you. Latest information on passage timing & El Nino, new services, safe & secluded anchorages plus provisioning are detailed with colorful images and a free handout based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 408,000 miles and 60 years of South Pacific adventures.

3:00 Anchoring Techniques: From Puget Sound to Worldwide Regions NEW SEMINAR!!!
Six specific techniques and related equipment necessary for easy and safe anchoring whether in the Pacific NW, tropics or high-latitudes are detailed based John and Amanda Neal’s anchoring experience spanning 42 years in 50 countries. A free handout is included and a 20-page text is available.

 

Monday, January 30: North Hall, Stage #2

1:00 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Six essential components of diesel engines will be explained by Amanda Swan Neal enabling you to understand how engines work. Amanda also features troubleshooting and preventative maintenance based on her 39 years of ocean voyaging. A free handout highlighting the essential points and resources is included.

3:00 Galley Essentials with Amanda
Learn how to excel and simplify in provisioning, organizing, cooking and entertaining aboard as 48 North magazine’s monthly culinary columnist shares her recent offshore galley adventures.

 

 


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