Cruisers University

The spring Cruisers University program will be held April 28th – May 1st, 2022 at The Historic Inns of Annapolis.  The spring schedule will be published for the beginning of December 2021, so please check back then for more details.  You may also ask to be added to the notification list when the program is open for registration by sending an email to!

See you in April 2022!



More than 70 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 will be held at The Historic Inns of Annapolis – The Governor Calvert House, State Circle, Annapolis.  The Historic Inns are just a short walk or shuttle bus ride to the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show and Historic Main Street. 

All Tuition Includes:

  • Educational Materials for classes attending
  • Instruction by Renowned Cruising Experts
  • Evening Social Activities
  • Admission to all days of the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show (April 29th – May 1st, 2022) 
  • Complimentary One Year Basic Boat U.S. Membership – $30 Value

2022 Spring Tuition Prices                   

Two-Day Master Cruiser Series  – $700/Master Class

In the Master Cruiser Classes, students will attend the Master Class 0f their choice, each Master class includes breakfast and lunch for both days.

    • Diesel Maintenance – A hands-on class taught by Jim Zima of Great Lakes Diesel Marine, using many cutaway models and a working Yanmar Engine provides skills in learning how to maintain diesel engines.  
    • Marine Electrical Systems  – A hands-on class taught by Nigel Calder.  He will help you understand how marine electrical systems are designed and how to troubleshoot electrical issues.
    • 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.

All Day Seminars – $300/Seminar 

Each all day seminar includes an intensive of day of study, as well as breakfast and lunch served on the day of your seminar.

  • Navigation  – taught by Teresa & Ben Carey of Morse Alpha Expeditions

  • Marine Communications in the 21st Century – taught by Scott Berg of Chardonnay Boatworks

  • Advanced Diesel Diagnostics – taught by Jim Zima and Jeff Thayer of Great Lakes Diesel Marine

Elective Classes:

Each elective class is either 90 -180 minutes in length.  The topics range from weather, marine electrical issues, solar systems, line handling and docking, as well as many other areas to chose from.



Spring 2022 classes will be held at The Historic Inns of Annapolis – The Governor Calvert House, 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

"I want to thank you for all the knowledge you bestowed upon me! I learned so much and I feel a lot more confident about our upcoming cruising adventure!"

"A wonderful event for people hungry for knowledge. Great opportunity to meet and share experiences with other cruisers."

"My wife and I met a lot of wonderful people who, like us, were focused on developing their skills and knowledge base as cruisers."