Cruisers University Instructors Spring 2023

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 of Kinetic Sailing

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 which 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;  they 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 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 live seminars and webinars throughout the year. 

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, Master Instructors, cruisers, coaches, analysts and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.

Classes:

Cruising Readiness – an all-day seminar

Dinghies & Outboards – Cruising Essentials

Navigation & Weather Planning for a Bluewater Passage

Take the Stress out of Docking


Scott Berg

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 operated Chardonnay Boatworks, a full-service marine electrical and systems company for 34 years before selling to his partners in order to focus on marine surveying and consulting. He enjoys sharing his decades of experience in the evaluation and repair of sail and power boats of all sizes with his classes.

Scott is a Commodore and past president of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) as well as a member the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), the Capital Yacht Club, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  A graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship as both a Surveyor and Professional Mariner, he is an active member of the USCG GDMSS Task Force and is an operator of FCC Licensed Public and Private Coast Stations. He holds a USCG 100T Masters license, a Marine Radio Operators Permit,  an Amateur Extra Ham License (Call Sign WAØLSS), and a Marine Coast Station License (Call Sign KCQ); when not sailing aboard his 60’ Seaton Ketch, CHARDONNAY, he lives in Baltimore, MD.

Classes:

Troubleshooting Basic Electrical Problems

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

Working with a Marine Surveyor as a Buyer or a Seller


W. Frank Bohlen

W. Frank Bohlen

      Frank Bohlen is a physical oceanographer and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut.  His research interests include the dynamics governing coastal sediment transport and long-term observations of currents and associated weather conditions. He started and continues to be involved with the Long Island Sound Observatory (https://lisicos.uconn.edu/ ).  Past Commodore of the Off Soundings Club he’s an experienced offshore racer/cruiser having participated in 21 Newport Bermuda Races, numerous coastal races and five transatlantic sails, two racing and three cruising.  On the majority of these passages he served as navigator. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee preparing regular Gulf Stream tutorials and analyses of conditions that are posted on the Race homepage during the months before the Race and briefing participants on expected Stream characteristics as part of the pre-Race Skipper’s Meeting. He regularly participates in Safety at Sea Seminars discussing weather and ocean currents and the associated effects on passage making.    

Classes:

Coastal Tides & Currents

Heavy Weather Sailing – Governing Factors & Management

Ocean Currents & Weather Interactions and Effects

The Gulfstream – Strategies & Tactics for a Safe Crossing

 


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:

Watermakers 101 – A Cruising Essential

 


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


John Calogero

John ‘Sockeye’ Calogero

After a scientific cruise to Greenland as a student on a 144 foot square rigged barquentine, John “Sockeye” Calogero stepped up into the role of a deckhand and a maritime educator for the first time.  That was in 1983 and launched a varied career including boat building and a voyage to Saudi Arabia on a merchant vessel during Desert Shield (after Desert Storm).  Since 1994 he has captained and instructed Outward Bound courses in open oar and sail boats in Washington, British Columbia, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, and the Bahamas. In between Outward Bound courses he ran a charter boat in Alaska, delivered goods to an orphanage in the Bahamas by schooner, monitored whale watching in the Salish Sea, instructed ASA sailing courses, and two times completed the Race to Alaska.  

Classes:

Avoiding a Hurricane Using Popular Apps

Cruising Maine & New England

Sail Theory & Points of Sail

 


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.

Line Handling

Nighttime & Limited Visibility Sailing

Traditional Navigation – an all-day class


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

Introduction to Celestial Navigation

Traditional Navigation – an all-day class


Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine of TwoCanSail

Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine

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:

Basic Marine Solar

Docking & Linehandling for Couples

Hurricane Preparation – What Worked (& Didn’t) during Hurricane Ian

Watt’s Up – Electricity Simplified

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 recently 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:

Bahamas (Part 1) – Getting Your Boat and Crew to the Bahamas

Bahamas (Part 2) – Cruising Around the Bahamas

Composting Heads:  Successful Tips for Use

Cruising on a Tiny Budget for the Non-Retired Cruiser

Good Copy – VHF Use & Etiquette

Insider Secrets for the Newbie Cruiser

Now Your Cooking with Gas:  Propane Safety in the Cruising Boat


Deb 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:

Introduction to Charts & Chartplotters

Rules of the Road – Staying Safe while Underway

The Thornless Path

The Ultimate Boat Management Plan

What to do When Cruising is not Your Dream?


Betty Nance-Floyd

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 for the Cruiser

What’s in Your MedKit?


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

Simple & Frugal Cruising Ideas 


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


Ed Tillett

Ed Tillett, Editor of Waterway Guide Media

Ed Tillett is Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of Waterway Guide Media.

A lifelong resident of Virginia, Ed is an award-winning multimedia producer who has been honored with five Tellys and seven Communicator of the Year awards for his work in instructional design, media production, scripting and directing. A former radio and television news anchor with WHRO public broadcasting (NPR & PBS) and the NBC TV affiliate in Hampton Roads, his lifelong enthusiasm for learning has provided multiple opportunities to engage in projects with corporate, broadcast and government clients worldwide.

In his previous position with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ed was a member of a diverse team of IT engineers and instructional designers responsible for launching an enterprise resource planning system for U.S. Army logistics. Transferring those skills to Waterway Guide Media has sustained expansion of the company’s digital delivery of content and data across multiple mobile and web-based platforms.

Growing up sailing, fishing and boating on Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina’s beaches, Ed recalls the stories of his grandfather’s tenure with the Lighthouse Service and U.S. Coast Guard as keeper of Cape Henry, Corolla, Thimble Shoals, Old Plantation Flats, Lower Cedar Point, Bodie Island and other assignments during his lifetime.

Ed’s extensive travels in Cuba over the past 20 years resulted in the new Waterway Guide Cuba publication.

Classes:

Navigating with Today’s Technology


Bob Williams

Bob Williams, founder and an owner of SALT Inc. (Sea Air Land Technologies), a company dedicated to helping clients meet their energy management needs whether in marine, land-based, or mobile environments. In 1978, Bob began working with boat builders in the US, Asia and Europe in designing fully engineered cruising systems. This focus has evolved to working more with the needs of the end user, especially cruising sailors, offering tailored energy solutions engineered for their individual offshore lifestyle where reliability and sustainability are paramount. Bob is an experienced yachtsman, holding a 100-Ton USCG license, having delivered many yachts throughout the Caribbean.  Currently he demonstrates his sustainable lifestyle while cruising his Beneteau Oceanus 473, Gitana.  He has developed a line of energy management monitors, eutectic refrigeration and DC icemakers.  A licensed pilot, he has used his plane to provide on site support for remote off-grid home systems in the Bahamas. Bob is a state-certified solar contractor, allowing SALT to become a significant player in providing residential, military and commercial solar systems in Florida, Africa and the Caribbean.  Bob expressed his environmental passions through the design and construction of a sustainable, passively-cooled home on Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida.  He is experienced in full spectrum systems design and installations including refrigeration, desalination along with other power requirements that can be fully supported with sustainable energy production on world cruising yachts, off-grid homes.  He has written articles on these subjects for Bluewater Sailing, Cruising World and Practical Sailor Magazine.

Classes:

Cruising Energy Management

Cruising Systems Resilience

Keeping Your Boat Cool Below

Reliable & Efficient Marine Systems


Jim Zima of Great Lake Diesel

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 101 – An introduction to diesel engines

Diesel Maintenance – 2 Day Master Class

Advanced Diesel Diagnostics – an all-day seminar

 




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