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2015 Seminar Schedule
 

Subject to change.
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(207) 774-1067

Friday, March 20th

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: “Biodiesel in a Marine Environment,” with Alex Pine, Maine Standard Biofuels. Alternative energy doesn't need to be experimental or expensive. Biodiesel is a proven marine fuel that can increase performance while decreasing pollution for little or no additional cost. Talk will cover biodiesel basics, usage, and technical information, common myths and misconceptions. www.mainestandardbiofuels.com
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Sailor’s Perspective of Portland’s Location in the North Atlantic, with Phin Sprague, Owner, Portland Yacht Services. www.portlandyacht.com or phin@portlandyacht.com
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm: “Fifty-Five Years of Wooden Boat Surveys,” with Capt. GW “Giffy” Full. Capt. Giffy Full and Capt. Paul Haley (GW Full & Associates) are known for pre-purchase condition surveys, condition and valuation (C & V) inspections for financial institutions and the insurance industry and damage claim investigations. GW Full is the only firm recognized by Heritage Preservation to conduct CAP surveys on historic vessels. Recognized wood expert by Lloyds Register of Shipping. www.gwfull.com
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm: “Handling Powerboats in Heavy Weather,” with Eric Sorensen. Eric is a well-regarded powerboat authority. His has 24 years of USCG and USN service, has operated and evaluated hundreds of commercial and recreational craft and consults for builders and owners. eric@ericllc.com
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Bonding Systems and Corrosion, with Roger Hellyar-Brook. Roger will talk about proper wire sizing, galvanic corrosion, galvanic isolators, zincs and more. Roger is a marine systems expert with Handy Boat, and former Lead Instructor for the Systems Program at The Landing School. www.handyboat.com
  • 5:15pm - 6:00pm: "Sailing South to the Caribbean,” with Capt. David Lyman. David has made the Maine- Caribbean voyage more than a dozen times. Information and conversation on possible routes, weather, crews and crewing opportunities, costs, destinations and where to keep your boat once there. For boat owners, potential crews and especially families. www.DHLyman.com and www.KidsOnBoats.net

Saturday March 21th

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: Marine Trouble Shooting Competition. Nine teams from 15 different high school technical
    programs will compete. Participants represent the next generation of leaders in the marine
    industry. Sponsored by Portland Yacht Services, Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and
    Universal Technical Institute (UTI). This competition is timed. Let’s encourage these students!
    Competition is good for the industry. www.uti.edu/programs/marine
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: "Firefly Oasis: Finally, AGM marine batteries that even you can't ruin," with Bruce
    Schwab. Bruce is a Vendee Globe Racer and marine energy storage, solar power, and
    management consultant. www.bruceschwab.com
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm: “Wicked Tuna,”with Dave Carraro. National Geographic has ordered a fourth season on this
    tuna fishing reality series. Dave will take you behind the scenes to the unrelenting North Atlantic
    waters and show you the latest progress in his new boat build at SW Boatworks,
    F/V Wicked Tuna. www.wickedtuna.com
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm: “Handling Powerboats in Heavy Weather,” with Eric Sorensen. Eric is a well-regarded
    powerboat authority. His has 24 years of USCG and USN service, has operated and evaluated
    hundreds of commercial and recreational craft and consults for builders and owners.
    eric@ericllc.com
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm: “Schooner Bowdoin,” with Captain Eric Jergenson. Bowdoin’s history, recent voyages, last
    summer’s mast repair and upcoming deck restoration.” bowdoin.mma.edu
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm: “Diesel Engine Kit and Caboodle” and “Service Department Show & Tell,” with
    PYS Tech Mike Smith and Service Manager Rob Benson. These PYS veterans will roll
    in diesel engines, discussing simple troubleshooting, precautions and kit to have aboard
    to prevent/fix small issues underway. They’ll then lead into Show & Tell, with the
    growing collection strange things we take out of boats. www.portlandyacht.com

Sunday March 22th

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: “Don’t be Shocked! Common Issues with On Board Electrical Systems,” with Mark Corke,
    a marine journalist and certified SAMS Marine Surveyor. Electrical faults are the second most common reason for boat fires. An illustrated presentation on how to stay safe and protect your boat and family. Addresses common faults, proper ABYC installation and maintenance standards, AC/DC power and bonding systems. Includes Q&A. www.onboardwithmarkcorke.com
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm: “Wicked Tuna” with Dave Carraro. National Geographic has ordered a fourth season on this
    tuna fishing reality series. Dave will take you behind the scenes to the unrelenting North Atlantic waters and show you the latest progress in his new boat build at SW Boatworks, F/V Wicked Tuna. www.wickedtuna.com
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm: “Consumer tips on the laws surrounding buying and selling boats,” with Benjamin E. Ford, Esq. Ben practices where the law of the land meets the law of the sea. Bring legal questions or just listen to the ins-and-outs of purchase and sale agreements, surveys, liens, etc. www.verrilldana.com/bford
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm: “Power Management and the Green Sailor,” with Mike Gunning, Owner, Electric Yacht California. Point-by-point comparison of sailboat electric and diesel systems. What it takes to push a boat, direct costs and environmental costs. www.electricyachtssocal.com
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: “Cruising the Maine Island Trail in a Duffy 37,” Maine Island Trail, Program Director Doug Welch, Maine Island Trail Association. A video slideshow by MITA's Executive Director Doug Welch recounting his 2014 cruising adventure along the Maine Island Trail. Experience the sights and sounds of the Trail while Doug gives a first-hand account of this trip of a lifetime with his brother from Seguin Island to Roque Bluffs. www.mita.org

Offsite

  • Oboard Dockside Tours, Schooner Westward. Westward has voyaged the Caribbean and North Atlantic as a private yacht t and a floating classroom. The steel-hulled vessel, built in Germany in 1962, has logged some 500,000 sea miles as a Sailing School Vessel (SSV) for scientific research and nautical science training. Under new owner Phin Sprague, she awaits needed restoration before becoming available for similar work in the future. Westward is docked at Portland Yacht Services’s new yard, located at 100 West Commercial St, Portland. Some logistics may change, but we plan three tours of Westward a day, leaving the boat show as a group by bus. Interested parties should visit The Landing School or Maine Maritime Academy booths for times and departure locations.
  • Shipyard Viewing Gallery, Schooner Harvey Gamage, Friday and Saturday only, 400 Commercial Street, Portland. Witness wooden ship restoration at Portland Yacht Services. Constructed at the Gamage Shipyard in 1973, Schooner Harvey Gamage was owned by Ocean Classroom foundation from 1996 - 2014, when she worked as a Sailing School Vessel. Gamage educated many hundreds of students in nautical sciences and other academic work. In 2014, Harvey Gamage was sold to current owner, Phin Sprague, who plans to make her available for similar work after completing the current yard period. There are no tours scheduled, but a ground-level visitors’ area will allow you to see yard crew working. Current projects include frame and hull plank replacement, new Samson post installation and forward bulkhead installation. The boatyard is located, next to Becky’s Diner. Turning into the parking lot, keep Becky’s on your left. Park on the wharf behind the 4-story office building but respect the marked tenant-only parking areas. This exhibit will not be open on Sunday.
 
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