Whether for a couple of hours or a couple of days, Captain John Gray offers individual coaching and instruction. Confidence comes in increments by learning through experience.. On the water coaching and instruction is the most effective way to learn skills, gain knowledge and to know your abilities. Fill the gaps in your knowledge and skill set. Maybe you are newer to boating or you are stepping up in size and complexity, or it has been a long time or you want to do cruising that is outside of your comfort zone. What is covered is highly customized to your needs. The common topics are slow speed handling skills, go-no go decision making docking, anchoring, rules of the road, line handling and simple knots, your boat's systems of water, power, engines, waste management and the basic repairs and maintenance to keep them running. We can also help you in the cruising lifestyle of food and planning.
Our niche and expertise is in single engine power boats that are less than 40 feet long. We are based in Puget Sound in Washington State. Use our contact page to send an email or send a text message to 425.334.8580 if you want more information.
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Also, get you state boater card and consider attending a course offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the Power Squadron. There are training DVD's and information on a Youtube channel offered by Captain Chris who is based in Florida. Click HERE for more information.
Comfortable Cruising In Smaller Boats: A Workshop
The goals of the workshop are to come away feeling more confident and to be inspired.
Learn about over 25 topics in a setting that is personal and conversational with both John and Laurie. Cruising couples are especially urged to attend. Topics are presented in these general areas: Your Boat's Capabilities and Essential Skills, Being Comfortable Aboard, Being Comfortable Underway, and Usual Maintenance & When The Rare Event Occurs. The topics include:
Planning & Preparation, Preparation, Attitude & Situational Awareness, Knowing Your Boat; Be A Better Crew; Organizing The Space; Go and No-Go Decision Making; Slow Speed Handling Skills; Docking, Anchoring, Mooring and Locking; Tactics When The Conditions Are Not Idea; Living in the world of 12 volts; Food Planning, Storage, Preparation and Afterwards; When It Gets Too Hot; Essential Rules Of The Road; Electronic Tools and Resources; Maintenance, Repairs and Tools; and What To Do To Be Safe When The Rare Thing Happens.
The workshop is a blend of sharing and answering questions. Here about tips, lessons learned, how-to topics are covered using demonstrations, photos stories while learning about cruising the Great Loop, the Inside Passage, the Salish Sea, Lake Powell and the historic canals in Canada and New York State.
Come away with copies of the information covered, plus where to find resources. This is intended for anyone who wants to increase their confidence and comfort while cruising in boats that are less than 40 feet long.
What some of the people who attended said: "The topics and time spent on each were very thorough. The overall knowledge of both John and Laurie was excellent." "Others should know that the topics are appropriate for new as well as seasoned boaters. Very comprehensive handouts were helpful!" "I would do it again and bring the boat next time. Loved the examples and simplistic, relaxed instruction and references." "Great!. Would highly recommend your insight and experiences - very helpful." "There is a lot of information. You will not become an expert but exposed to a lot to that you make you more aware."
Price:$200 per person or $350 per cruising couple. Can't make it for both days? Single days are $125 per day per person. Maximum of 20 people per day. Reservations are required by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested? Want to know when the next workshop is? Please send an email to: email@example.com
If your organization is interesting in hosting an event, please let us know.
Here is the information pamphlet for the previous workshops as a sample: