Cruisers University Instructors Fall 2022

Instructors are professional, well-known, and experts in their fields.


Richard Anderson

Devon & Richard Anderson from Sea-Tech

Richard Anderson, a lifelong technologist and licensed USCG captain, and his wife Devon Thurtle Anderson, an accomplished attorney, quit their career jobs in 2017 and took their two young daughters on an 18 month cruising adventure from the northern fjords of SE Alaska to the lush jungles of Costa Rica with many stops in between.  During that time they both acquired and operated Sea-Tech Systems, and also restarted Devon’s accounting company and law firm, all while still travelling by boat.  Richard combines his considerable technology experience with real world cruising, general travelling, and business operating experiences to help other cruisers learn about the realities of staying connected from a boat.  Since 2018, Richard has helped many cruisers set up their boats with communications systems including simple HF radio as well as broadband satellite at sea, and everything in between.

Classes:

Internet Everywhere Your Boat Is

Advanced Internet for Entrepreneurs, Remote Workers, & Digital Nomads

 


Lisa & Andy Batchelor

Lisa & Andy Batchelor

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both life-long sailors and retired military officers. Andy served in the Royal Air Force in aviation and intelligence, and Lisa served in the US Navy in aviation, meteorology and oceanography – a combination of skills that have proved very useful to sailing and passagemaking. 

They founded and operated Sail Solomons American Sailing Association (ASA) school and charter base, receiving numerous awards for ASA “Outstanding School” and “Outstanding Instructors.”  Andy and Lisa wrote ASA’s textbooks for Bareboat Cruising, Catamaran Cruising, and Dinghies & Outboards, and are the primary contributors to ASA’s Advanced Cruising and Seamanship text. 

Cruising for seven years onboard their Passport 47 ZINGARO and Outbound 46 KINETIC, Andy and Lisa have made numerous coastal passages and ocean voyages, conducting cruising and passagemaking training while living aboard in exotic locations.  They specialize in own-your-own-boat tuition and instructional passages, helping new boat owners advance their skills and experience. They also organize and lead sailing flotillas on cruising catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean. 

Andy and Lisa are regular speakers at Cruisers’ University and present many live webinars, including the ASA Marine Weather Course.

Andy and Lisa launched Kinetic Sailing to offer marine consulting, charter brokerage, instructional yacht deliveries and tailored instruction and sailing certifications with a global scope. They are USCG Captains, cruisers, instructors for ASA and NauticEd, analysts and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.

Classes:

Bluewater Passage Weather Planning

Optimize Your Cruising Efficiency

Night Cruising Demystified

Take the Stress out of Docking

The Dinghy & Outboard:  A Cruising Essential


Scott Berg of Chardonnay Boatworks

Scott Berg

Scott Berg has been sailing, racing and cruising for the past 50 years and has experience on a range of power and sailing vessels from an El Toro Pram to a 135’ Baltic Trader.  Scott is the owner of Chardonnay Boatworks, a full service marine repair and consulting company focusing on the repair and re-engineering of sail and motor yachts.  He frequently lectures on marine electrical systems, communication, electronics, and yacht systems and off shore sailing.  Scott holds multiple certifications from the ABYC and NMEA.  He is the a co-founder of the SSCA HF Radio Network (KPK), holds both commercial and amateur radio licenses, and represents recreational boaters as member of the USCG’s Global Maritime Distress & Safety System(GMDSS) Task Force. Scott is a member of the Ocean Cruising Club and the SSCA (Past President).  He holds a USCG 100T Masters license and currently lives on his 60’ Seaton Ketch, ‘Chardonnay’.

Classes:

Troubleshooting Basic Electrical Problems

Marine Communications in the 21st Century – VHF, AIS, SSB, Cell, WiFi, & Satellite – an all-day seminar


Rich Boren

Rich Boren of Cruise RO Water

Following a career in the water treatment, in 2008 Rich cast off on a 4 year cruise of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez with his wife and two kids (ages 8 and 9).  Having a background in reverse osmosis, Rich built their own water maker and from an anchorage in Mexico formed Cruise RO Water.  Still living in Mexico where he runs the company’s technical support and service, Rich has serviced and maintained all brands of water makers from piston pumps to energy recovery pumps.

Classes:

Water Makers 101: Understanding your water maker choices

 


Nigel Calder

Nigel Calder

The number one source of problems on boats large enough to have an electrical system, both power and sail, lies in these electrical systems. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling ‘Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ (now in its 4th edition, with over 300,000 copies sold) takes participants through the core design and installation requirements necessary to head off electrical systems problems, and to optimize electrical generating efficiency. There will be a hands-on segment installing cable terminals, which are critical to the reliability of electrical systems. Nigel will delve into step-by-step troubleshooting techniques, including using a multimeter, that will rapidly identify most problems should they arise. Various common electrical faults will be simulated and tracked down. Although the focus is on DC systems, Nigel will look at critical safety issues with respect to AC circuits, and, time permitting, measures to prevent galvanic and stray current corrosion. Not only will you leave class with a far better understanding of your electrical systems and knowing how to fix common problems, but you will also likely save the price of admission by not having to make service calls or swap out perfectly good parts in search of solutions. No previous experience is necessary, although this will be an intense two days for those with zero electrical experience! Basic wire terminal installation tools are required. These will be available for those who do not have them.

Classes:

Electrical Systems – Understanding & Troubleshooting – A Two Day Master Class

 


Teresa Carey

Teresa Carey of Morse Alpha Expeditions

Teresa Carey is a US Coast Guard licensed captain, writer, and educator. Teresa is the co-owner of Morse Alpha Expeditions, a coastal and offshore sail-training program in the Atlantic. She has worked aboard a variety of sail and power boats like schooners, motor yachts, sailing yachts, even a lobster boat — as the captain, an educator, delivery crew, and charter-boat captain. She taught for sea programs such as Outward Bound, and has also been a Marine Science educator. Teresa lived aboard a 27ft boat and sailed the northern Atlantic solo for a few years. She has given inspiring talks, such as her 2011 TED talk or 2012 National Women’s Sailing Association Keynote Speaker Address. She is also a science journalist at Freethink, and writes for NPR, Buzzfeed, The Smithsonian, and more. 

Beyond the Bowline:  Essential Knots & Theory

Leadership, Roles, Responsibilites, & Decision Making at Sea

Line Handling

Nighttime & Limited Visibility

Sail Theory

Traditional Navigation – an all-day class

Watchkeeping & Planning Your Offshore Passage


Ben Carey

Ben Carey of Morse Alpha Expeditions

Ben Eriksen Carey is a 200 Ton US Coast Guard Master’s License, 500 ton Mate. He is co-owner of Morse Alpha Expeditions, a coastal and offshore sail-training program. He has worked aboard schooners, tugboats, sailing and motor yachts — as captain, mate, and even dishwasher. Ben has a long list of maritime certifications including safety, firefighting, medical, etc. He began his sea life as a clammer in Stonybrook Harbor, NY. Ben pursued a degree in Human Ecology from Connecticut College with a focus in marine biology. In 1992 Ben attended the Sea Education Association (SEA) program, which sparked his love for sailing. Ben is a successful independent web designer. He worked and lived aboard Elizabeth, his 28ft cutter, while chasing his girlfriend Teresa’s 27ft sloop, Daphne for several years. It worked because now they are married. He is excited to sail to Newfoundland again this year with Morse Alpha Expeditions.

Classes:

Beyond the Bowline:  Essential Knots & Theory

Leadership, Roles, Responsibilites, & Decision Making at Sea

Celestial Navigation:  An Introduction

Line Handling

Nighttime & Limited Visibility

Sail Theory

Traditional Navigation – an all-day class

Watchkeeping & Planning Your Offshore Passage


Bill Cullen

Bill Cullen

Bill Cullen has been a professional captain and delivery skipper for 50 years with over 100,000 miles of offshore racing, cruising, and delivery experience. He was a yacht broker for a decade; and has owned and restored over two dozen sailboats. In addition to an extensive offshore racing background, Bill has cruised the Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean, the South Pacific, crossed the Atlantic, sailed the Med, and traveled a few French canals.  Bill has written gadget and “how to” articles for SAIL and Southwinds magazines.  He is the author of www.thebookofsail.com  

Classes:

Building Your Cruising Confidence

Great Gadgets & Ideas to Use Aboard


Dale Davis

Dale Davis of Integrity Yacht Sales

An avid sailor, Dale cruises extensively on the Chesapeake Bay and has recently completed offshore passages to Cuba, the Bahamas, Bermuda and New England.

He has owned a number of classic blue-water yachts, and specializes in offshore capable yachts.  He has particular experience with Cabo Rico, Caliber, Shannon, Valiant, Passport, Hinckley, Morris, Rustler, and Island Packet models. 

Classes:

Finding Your Cruising Dreamboat


Behan Gifford

Behan Gifford of SailingTotem

Behan Gifford sailed south from the Pacific Northwest in 2008 with her husband and three children aboard their Stevens 47, Totem. Sabbatical plans morphed into an open-ended adventure, with 48 countries/territories visited while putting over 65,000 miles under the keel – so far! She is a co-author of Voyaging with Kids, the de facto guide to cruising with children, and passionate about sharing her experiences to inspire others to chase the blue horizon. Learn more about Behan and the cruising coaching service she and husband, Jamie, offer at www.sailingtotem.com.

Classes:

A Well Fed Crew

Becoming A Cruiser – an all-day seminar

Country Hopping with Ease

Onboard Communications

She’s A Cruiser: A bridge from the unknown to the confident cruising woman

Why the Dream Fails


Jamie Gifford

Jamie Gifford of SailingTotem

Jamie Gifford is a recovering racing sailor. His therapy was a 10-year circumnavigation with his wife and three children on Totem, their Stevens 47. As a sail designer, he was behind sails for winners in the Americas Cup, Vendee Globe Challenge/BOC, Whitbread, and numerous other regattas; in recent years, Jamie’s focused on cruising sails, rigging, and systems for offshore and regional sailors. Experience from professional life and that gained in 100,000+ miles sailing gives him rich perspective on cruising topics.

Classes:

Becoming A Cruiser – an all-day seminar

Being Safe:  Safety at Sea Begins Long Before an Emergency Happens

Outfitting the Bluewater Cruiser

On Board Rigging Survey – a hands on clinic

Route Planning

Sail Inventory Survey & Sail Care – a hands on clinic


Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine

Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine of TwoCanSail

Jeff and Jean assist couples in realizing their sailing dreams with their company Two Can Sail. They work with one couple at a time to provide cruising lifestyle training including; boat shopping/purchase, surveying, and personal training aboard the couple’s boat. Jeff has been actively boating over 45 years, sailing as Captain since the age of 15. Jean has been sailing since she was12 years old on vessels ranging from sunfish to 80’ schooners. Jean is an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS), a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) and is ABYC Standards Certified. Jeff holds an Electrical/Computer Engineering degree and has worked with almost all forms of electronic navigation. Jeff is also a licensed Buyers Broker. Both Jeff and Jean are 100GT Masters, ASA Certified Sailing Instructors and together have sailed over 240 different models of sailboats including 51 models of cruising catamarans. 

Classes:

Catamaran Cruising – an all-day seminar

Cruising as a Couple – an all-day seminar

Docking & Line Handling for Couples

OMG, I Bought a Boat!

The Cruising Boat – The 5 Step Plan on Purchasing It

Weather 000 for Cruisers

 


John Herlig

John Herlig

After bringing storied world-cruiser Ave del Mar back to life, John started sailing the US east coast. In the years since, he has spent time sailing Haiti, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, as well as the greater Caribbean from Guatemala to Grenada and most through the Panama Canal.

He is the creator of the “Handy VHF Reference” sold on Amazon as well as the online course “VHF Radios: Everything You Need To Know,” which helps new cruisers get prepared for radio basics and helps experienced boaters get more out of their radio’s advanced features.

As a published poet and magazine columnist, odds are you’ll find John writing when he isn’t on a sailboat delivery. His energetic storytelling combines with his love of sailing simple to create an entertaining and fast-paced classroom experience.

Classes:

Cruising Secrets for the 1st Time Cruiser

Bahamas – Part 1:  Successfully Crossing, Clearing In, and Adapting

Bahamas – Part 2:  Out-island Points of Interest & Navigation

Good Copy – VHF Use & Etiquette


Deborah Marlor

Captain Deb Marlor

Captain Deb and her husband, Hugh sold their home in Boise, Idaho in 2014. Deb sold her award winning Sales & Marketing (21 years) company in 2016. The past 6.5 years, have  lived aboard their Beneteau Oceanis 381 sailboat, S/V Simplicity, full-time. They sailed the West Coast of the United States from Seattle, Puget Sound to the San Juans, to San Diego; from Houston, Texas, to Florida, stopping in Pensacola, Key West, and on up to Maine with 2 years of extensive Bahamian Island sailing including the Abacos, Eleuethra, and Exumas.  Most recently sailed to Turks & Caicos, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and heading to Grenada.  They have travel over 20,000 nautical miles along the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic East coastlines and Caribbean Sea.

Captain Deb is now dedicated to helping other people who love the sea to feel confident on their vessels, offering courses for every skill level. She is also a full-time advanced Certified Transformation Life Coach through the Brave Thinking Institute. Her students find her teaching style to be easy to learn from, fun and engaging.

Classes:

Rules of the Road

The Thornless Path

The Ultimate Boat Management Plan


Betty Nance-Floyd

Betty Nance-Floyd of the American Heart Association

Betty N. Floyd has over 35 years of clinical practice, nursing and interprofessional education, research, and management experience. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and recently retired Associate Professor Emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing.  

Betty and her husband, Jim, have enjoyed boating since 2011 – starting with a 25 ft Catalina sailboat followed by a 34 ft Hunter sailboat.  Later, they bought their first motorboat, a 50 ft Carver Endless Journey, in 2017.  They moved on her full-time during COVID. In 2021, they moved from Endless Journey to Our Adjustment – a 60 ft. Hatteras and cruised her from Illinois to their home slip in New Bern, North Carolina, where they live now with their goldendoodle, Bailey.

Betty is interested in improving the safety and health of the boating community.  Betty is an American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor.  She uses her skills as an educator through the lens of a boater to apply the AHA guidelines.  Her goal is for each participant to have a rewarding first aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) learning experience – to increase their confidence in live threatening situations. She is passionate about maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all boating communities.

Classes:

First Aid / CPR / AED

 


John Neal

John Neal of Mahina Expeditions

Since 1976, John Neal’s passion has been sharing his knowledge of ocean cruising through seminars and worldwide sail-training expeditions.  He has helped more than 10,000 sailors find their ideal cruising boats through his boat purchase consultation service.  John is an author, co-author or contributing author of 17 books and his 392,000 offshore miles include six Cape Horn roundings and sail-training expeditions to Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Iceland and Spitsbergen.

Classes:

Offshore Cruising Seminar – an all-day seminar

Shorthanded Sailing Techniques

Storm Survival Tactics


Lin Pardey

Lin Pardey

Lin has accrued more than 217,000 sea miles sailing on boats ranging from 24 feet to more than 60. A major portion of these voyages were on board two engine-free wooden cutters she and her husband Larry built. On Seraffyn, a 24’4” Hess cutter, they circumnavigated, east about, via the Panama and Suez Canals with many detours and going as far north as the Arctic circle of Finland. On Taleisin, their 29’ Hess cutter, they circumnavigated west about, venturing as far north as the top of Norway, and as far south as Diego Ramirez Island in Drakes Passage to the south of Cape Horn. This circumnavigation included sailing against the wind past each of the great southern capes. Together, Lin and Larry wrote 10 books and created 5 video programs. Lin authored two additional books. These, along with seminars and articles “launched 50,000 dreams,” according to the editor of Cruising World Magazine.

After 47 years of voyaging, Lin settled in at her homebase in New Zealand to care for Larry through his decline due to Parkinson’s disease and dementia. In 2018 Lin became crew on David Haigh’s 40-foot Van de Stadt, Sahula just before he completed an 11-year circumnavigation.  Over the past five years Lin and David circumnavigated New Zealand and explored Fiordland, then voyaged from New Zealand through Fiji and Vanuatu and on to Townsville, Australia where he completed his circumnavigation. They then headed south to explore the Bass Straits and west coast of Tasmania.  When covid curtailed their voyaging options, the decision was made to sail backn to Lin’s home on Kawau Island and weather the storm of Covid19. Currently, between month long forays to various interesting cruising destinations in New Zealand, Sahula is being refit with the goal of another major offshore voyage.

Classes:

Transitioning to an Offshore State of Mind

Writing, Videos, Blogging – How to make it pay – an all-day seminar


Rick Peterson

Rick & Julie Peterson

Rick and Julie Peterson come from an active racing background. Julie began racing sailboats at the age of 6. As cruisers they have sailed their Hylas 49, Believe, 40,000 nautical miles to 42 countries; extensively in Europe, as well as above the Arctic Circle, northern Africa, South America and Central America.

Both are very active in Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) with Rick previously serving on the Board of Directors. They are also active members in the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), an international group of ocean crossing sailors. Rick has sailed over 50,000 nm, holds a USCG Master license and General amateur radio license. He has interests in marine weather, long distance cruising and safety at sea.  Rick and Julie’s “Clean Wake” activity has centered around annual medical missionary trips to Rwanda, Africa.

Classes:

Prepare, Depart, and Cruising in Europe

What the Big Ship’s See


Lenny Rudow

Lenny Rudow of FishTalk Magazine

Lenny Rudow has been a writer and editor in the marine field for over two decades, and has authored seven books. He is currently the Angler in Chief at Rudow’s FishTalk Magazine, is Electronics and Fishing Editor for BoatUS Magazine, and is a contributing editor to several other publications. His writing has resulted in multiple BWI writing contest and OWAA Excellence in Craft awards. Volunteer positions have included NMMA Innovations Award judging, serving as president of Boating Writers International, and serving as the president of the Maryland Freshwater Foundation. Rudow is an alumnus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology, and The Sea School. He boats and fishes as often as possible on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Atlantic Ocean.

Classes:

Fishing from a Slow Boat – A Cruisers Guide to Feeding the Crew


Jody Schroath

Jody Schroath of The Chesapeake Magazine

Jody Argo Schroath has been an editor at Chesapeake Bay Magazine for the past 15 years, exploring and writing about the extraordinary estuary that is the Chesapeake Bay. She is also a veteran of more than a dozen passages along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and author of the Atlantic Coast ICW Planning Guide, published by Chesapeake Bay Media. A lifelong boater in both sail and power boats, she currently cruises out of Annapolis aboard Moment of Zen, a 36-foot Endeavour sailing catamaran, with her two-dog crew, Bindi and Cowboy Bob. Jody also holds a Master Mariner’s Certificate.

Classes:

Cruising down (or up) the ICW

 


Carolyn Shearlock

Carolyn Shearlock of The Boat Galley

You may know Carolyn Shearlock from The Boat Galley, her website and podcast that cover all aspects of living aboard and cruising. She’s lived aboard and cruised full-time for 14 years, in two different stints aboard two very different boats – the first, a heavy bluewater Tayana 37 monohull and now on a smaller, lighter, coastal-cruising Gemini catamaran.

She’ll be leading classes:  Eating Well with a Tiny Fridge, Creative Storage Strategies on a Boat; and her favorite: Hurricane Preparation. Her boats have survived two direct hits by hurricanes and she has always cruised in hurricane waters. Carolyn’s talks are filled with straightforward tips and how-to’s that you can put to use immediately.

Classes:

Creative Storage Strategies Aboard a Boat

Comprehensive Hurricane Preparation

Eating Well with a Tiny Fridge


Rudy & Jill Sechez

Rudy & Jill Sechez of Anchoring Consultants

Full time live-aboards and cruisers for over 25 years, Rudy and Jill Sechez built both of their cruising boats, first a 36’ wood cutter, and then their current 34’ sail-assisted trawler Briney Bug, their own design, also of wood.

In addition to their years of cruising, their experiences have included years of repairing and delivering boats, and installing and maintaining marine engines, as well as other systems. They have been contributors to PassageMaker, Good Old Boat, SAIL, Blue Water Sailing, as well as other magazines, and have authored the book “ANCHORING- A Ground Tackler’s Apprentice”.

You can access their web site trawlertrainingabc.com, where you can find numerous pages that provide ideas to bolster skills.

Classes:

Anchoring – Avoid the Art of Dragging

Navigating the Intracoastal Waterway – tricks & secrets to make the journey a fun one!


Mark Thornton of LakeErieWX

Mark Thornton

Mark Thornton has been sailing for more than 25 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting. He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters (www.lakeeriewx.com). Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches basic forecasting seminars to recreational boaters during the off-season. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Race to Mackinac since 2014. Mark is also employed as a Teaching Assistant in the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program at Penn State University.

Classes:

Marine Weather Forecasting – 2 Day Master Class

Doppler Weather Radar & Satellite Imagery

Tropical Weather Forecasting

Thunderstorm Primer – Weather in Motion

Weather Forecasting & Routing with Gribs


Tom Trimmer

Tom Trimmer

Tom Trimmer is the founder and owner of Custom Marine Products, a company specializing in marine solar and battery systems for the cruising sailor. Mr. Trimmer has been a cruising sailor for more than 30 years and understands that the number one challenge to comfortable cruising is the availability sufficient of electrical power. His company has helped many sailors analyze their power requirements, evaluate solar products available and design systems to meet their needs. A graduate mechanical/electrical engineer from the University of Michigan, Mr. Trimmer has been involved in the marine industry for over 20 years. He and his wife cruise the Great Lakes for six weeks each summer testing and evaluating solar and battery equipment. (Somebody has to do it.)

Classes:

Designing and Installing a Marine Solar System

Boating Life with Lithium


Nica Waters of fit2sail.com

Nica Waters

Nica Waters, one of the admin team for the Facebook group “Women Who Sail”, has been cruising on and off for the past 25 years. She and her husband, Jeremy, have owned and sailed their Bristol Channel Cutter, Calypso, since 1992. They have done 2 successful cruises (one before kids and one with) and are in the countdown phase for the next one. A longtime teacher and certified personal trainer, she’s passionate about the topics of provisioning, food, wellness, and how they all come together on cruising boats.

In addition to a weekly food series on YouTube called Tasty Thursday that she produced for 6 years starting in 2012, Nica regularly blogs on her website, www.fit2sail.com, and podcasts with Carolyn Shearlock on The Boat Galley Podcast. The podcast, found wherever you listen to podcasts, is designed to help you turn your cruising dreams into reality, and features stories, tips, and advice on negotiating all stages of the cruising life. We welcome subscribers and listeners!

You can find out more about Nica and all she does on her website, www.fit2sail.com

Classes:

She’s a Cruiser: a bridge from the unknown to the confident cruising woman

Provisioning – From List to Last Bite

Preparing for Your First Cruise


Jim Zima

Jim Zima is the owner of Great Lakes Diesel (GLD) in Huron, Ohio. In addition to maintaining, repairing, and re-powering marine diesels Jim teaches numerous seminars on diesel engines. GLD is the largest certified Yanmar dealer on Lake Erie, and is a certified dealer for Westerbeke, Universal, and Kubota.

Jim was just six weeks old when he first went sailing.  Since then he has enjoyed club racing, the IOR Lake Erie Circuit, and several Port Huron to Mackinaw races.  Jim got his diesel training at the Ohio Diesel Technical Institute, and from there worked in both Texas and Ohio as a truck and engine re-builder and a fleet manager. Working out of his garage on a part-time basis in 1988, Jim began rebuilding the diesel engines for the many Tartan Ten fleets found along Lake Erie.  One thing lead to another and a decade latter Jim started Great Lakes Diesel Incorporated. From a garage cluttered with engines and parts to his current multi-building facility on the Huron River, Jim Zima has built a reputation as a solid mechanic, businessman, and instructor along Ohio’s North Coast.

Classes:

Diesel Maintenance – 2 Day Master Class

Advanced Diesel Diagnostics – an all-day seminar

 




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