Cruisers University

Due to the cancellation of the United States Power Boat Show & the United States Sailboat Show by the City of Annapolis, the decision has been made to cancel all aspects of Cruisers University this fall.  Our program offers the best educational opportunities for future cruisers but it also is about the social aspects of cruising that will be impossible to recreate on a virtual platform. The decision is not an easy one but it is time for us to put our energy in creating the best program for you to start the new year with something amazing to look forward to.

Cruisers University will return in Spring 2021!



More than 50 classes are available for sailors and power boaters alike who have an interest in learning the fundamentals of blue water cruising.

The Cruisers University curriculum addresses a complete range of cruising topics for all levels and experience to help you prepare to live aboard a boat and begin your boating adventures with confidence. From cruising the Chesapeake Bay to coastal waterways, or circumnavigating the globe, our experienced instructors have been there and done it. 

Some examples of our classes include marine weather forecasting, traditional navigation techniques, electronic tablet navigation, diesel maintenance, heavy weather sailing, electrical systems and much much more! 

Click here to see our Cruisers University Schedule

Classes are held at The Historic Inns of Annapolis – The Governor Calvert House at 58 State Circle, Annapolis.  This Historic Inn is just a short walk to the United States Powerboat & Sailboat Show and Historic Main Street. All remote students will attend Cruisers University through Zoom Meetings.

All In Person Tuition Packages Include:

  • Educational Materials
  • Instruction by Renowned Cruising Experts
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Evening Social Activities
  • Additional days of recorded classes once the fall session raps up
  • Admission to all days of United States Power Boat Show (October 1-4th, 2020) & United States Sailboat Show (October 8-12th, 2020)
  • Complimentary One Year Basic Boat U.S. Membership – $30 Value

2020 Fall Tuition Packages                      

Four-Day Master Cruiser Series  $800 

This is an intensive four-day Master Cruiser Series, students may select one intensive study Master Class plus two additional days of up to eight individual electives.

    • Diesel Maintenance  – A hands-on class taught by Jim Zima of Great Lakes Diesel, using many cutaway models and working Yanmar Engine provides skills in learning how to maintain diesel engines.  
    • Marine Weather Forecasting  – This class taught by Mark Thornton from LakeErieWx, will provide you with the understanding of all things weather and the skills to find and use a weather forecast for your cruising grounds.
    • Cruising WomenThe cruising woman class offers two unique days of education for women, by women!  Pam Wall & Behan Gifford have traveled tens of thousands nautical miles around the world and have a wealth of knowledge to share with fellow cruising women.

Cruising Preparedness In Person Series 

The Cruising Preparedness Series can be attended in one, two, three, or four day customized packages. Each day you can choose to attend three to four individual classes or you may opt for an all day course if one is available. 

  • Four Day Package – $750 

  • Three Day Package – $625 

  • Two Day Package – $490 

  • One Day Package – $325

Full Day Courses

Individual Classes – 90 – 180 minutes each and so many to choose from!




Classes will be held at The Historic Inns of Annapolis – The Governor Calvert House at 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD

Refund Policy:

      • Refunds are acceptable up to 30 days prior to the start of the event.
      • Inside 30 days of the event, only credit towards future Cruisers University sessions will be given.
      • No refund or credit for cancellation within 10 days of the start of the event. 
      • Credits are good for up to 365 days. 

Questions?  Contact us at or (410) 517-9979

Annapolis, Maryland

"We gained a wealth of knowledge from people who have been doing what we want to do. The instructors are seasoned, knowledgeable, fun, and happy to share what they have learned over the years. We now have many new friends in the cruising community, and are looking forward to seeing them on the water at some exotic location in the world.”

“Besides the immersion of cruising life presented in the courses, it was even more exciting (and unexpected) to connect with wonderful people who will be friends forever in our future life on sea.”

"Presentation on Marine Weather was outstanding!"