Friday, May 3rd


Boat Equipment & Electrical for Beginners

10:30 - 12:00 Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine (Two Can Sail)
Starting with the basics of understanding how the electrical system operates on your boat, this class will explain the difference between voltage and current before outlining how that relates to all the systems on your boat. This course lays the foundation for future classes.


Empowerment for Women on the Water

12:15 - 1:15 Speaker LUNCH & LEARN (lunch included)
Be prepared to be encouraged, empowered, entertained, and informed during this panel presentation from women who are cornerstones in our industry!
These incredible minds will shape the image you see in the mirror:
Captain Boomies
President of SSCA Joan Conover
Her Helm Kristin Rutkowski
Nica Waters
Yacht Brokers of Annapolis Deanna Sansbury


Finding Your Tribe: Creating a Network of Boat Buddies

1:30 - 3:00 Carolyn Shearlock (The Boat Galley)
How do you find the people you need? The ones who really have your back? Whether it's boat work, destinations, family, lifestyle, coping with an emergency, or just conversation with someone who "gets" your life, there's someone out there to help you. Learn how to find them and make them part of your tribe.


Venturing Beyond the Chesapeake: ICW and Bahamas

3:00 5:00 - John Herlig (
Are you preparing to leave your home waters for the first time for some warm-latitude boating? If so, the path to those waters often includes the Intracoastal Waterway and a crossing to the Bahamas.

Transiting the ICW is a rich experience that doesn’t have to be stressful. John will teach you about route planning, tides, fuel, water, provisioning, and marinas. Is the Dismal Swamp Canal treacherous? Do you know drawbridge etiquette? What are the states’ anchoring laws?

After you make it to Florida you will need to know how to execute a safe crossing to the Bahamas. Do you know how to calculate a Gulf Stream offset? How to use Click-2-Clear? How to find a doctor or a veterinarian in the islands?

Learn about groceries, anchoring, potable water, telecommunications options, and become more confident in your plan with a deeper dive into the ICW and the Bahamas with veteran cruiser John Herlig.


Saturday, May 4th


What I Need to Know Before Buying a Boat

10:30-12:00:  Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine (Two Can Sail)
When you don't know what you need to know, how do you get started? We will lay out the whole process from shopping to purchase to help you achieve your goal without stumbling over tricks or traps and then coming up short.


The Fine Print – All the Contracts You Sign as a Boat Owner

12:15-1:15: Kerry Gonzalez (AMG Insurance Int’l)
I’m sure no boat owner has ever signed something without reading it?!? What do you mean ‘fine print’? In this seminar, learn to speed read through all the ‘traps’ of contracts and take control of your own consequences. Are you within the terms of your loan? Did your ‘buyers’ broker’ include conditions in your purchase agreement related to the ability to lower the purchase price based on the FMV (Fair Market Value) of the survey or are you stuck with your purchase price regardless of the condition and valuation of the survey? How are you titling/registering your boat? When someone maintains your vessel, do you know if they are licensed or insured? How do you formally manage the expectations of your caretaker, captain or crew, especially if you are not around? Are you contemplating signing a ‘hurricane haulout contract’ for Named Storms? If so, are you reading the disclaimers? Do you know when you sign a contract with some of the largest marina conglomerates, that you agree to pay for damages that you can’t even insure?!? This seminar will give you both fear and relief at the same time. Most important, it will put YOU in the driver’s seat and empower you with the ability to quickly recognize key words in the ‘fine print’ that could significantly impact your budget in these and other contracts: Lending, Captain & Crew Agreements, Purchase, Survey, Maintenance, Towing & Salvage, Insurance, Chartering, Caretakers, Marina/Boatyard, Hurricane Haul-out and Contractors.


Sound Like a Pro Using Your VHF Radio

1:30-3:00 John Herlig (
Your VHF radio may be the single most important piece of safety gear you own—but do you really know how to get the most out of it? It seems so simple: turn the radio on, click the mic, and talk. But what channel do you use to call another boat at a drawbridge? Do you say “Over” at the end of every sentence? What is squelch and how does it work? And how do you use advanced features like automated distress calling, AIS, and weather channels? In this fun and fast-paced class you’ll learn everything from how to make basic VHF calls to what lingo you should avoid using, how to properly use your radio’s advanced features, and lots more.


Optimizing Storage – in the Galley and Beyond

3-5:00 Carolyn Shearlock (The Boat Galley)
The refrigerator is smaller, the lockers weird-shaped, and you've got all this stuff to store! Learn proven techniques for food and gear storage, no matter what size or type of boat you have.


Sunday, May 5th


Boat Maintenance & Survey Surprises

10:30 12:00:  Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine (Two Can Sail)
You bought a boat!?! Now how do you handle items that turned up during the survey? This session will address tackling and prioritizing the list as well as creating your ongoing maintenance list. We’ll help you understand how to work with vendors and get it done!


The Purposeful Boat:  Working Remotely & Using Your Boat to Help Others (*proceeds of this seminar to benefit

12:00 1:00:  Kerry Gonzalez & Guests (AMG) - LUNCH & LEARN (lunch included)


Certification Class: Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

1:10-4:30: RED CROSS
This is the full two-year Red Cross certification for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED at a fraction of the classroom Red Cross thanks to our sponsors. On the water, YOU may be the FIRST responder are you ready? Be sure to wear comfortable clothing for this class as you will be participating in practical activities.



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