Cruisers University Instructors

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, as also restarted Devon’s accounting company and law firm, both 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.


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 and Catamaran Cruising, 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 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 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, analysts and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.


Bluewater Passage Weather Planning

Optimize Your Cruising Efficiency

Night Cruising Demystified

Take the Stress out of Docking

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’.


Troubleshooting Basic Electrical Problems

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

Let the Sun Shine In



Nigel Calder

Nigel Calder

Nigel is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical & Electrical Manual and Marine Diesel Engines.  In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has authored “A Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean”, “Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook: A compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors” and “How to read a Nautical Chart”.  He most recently published Shakedown Cruise, a look back at his early years cruising with his then pregnant wife and a toddler. Nigel is currently the Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, and Ocean Navigator magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues.  He and his wife, Terrie, spend several months every year aboard their Malo 46, Nada.  Over the past 35 years, they have cruised and written about the east coast of North America and the Bahamas; the Caribbean; the U.K. and points as far north as the Faroe Islands; the Atlantic coasts of Ireland, France, Spain, and Portugal as well as Scandinavia.


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

Cruising Couples: an egalitarian approach to cruising

Cruising Maine & New England

Line Handling

Sail Theory

Single Handed 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 be racing to Bermuda this year with Morse Alpha Expeditions.


Beyond the Bowline:  Essential Knots & Theory

Cruising Couples: an egalitarian approach to cruising

Introduction to Celestial Navigation

Line Handling

Rules of the Road

Single Handed Sailing

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. 


Anchoring for a Good Night’s Sleep

Docking & Linehandling for Couples

OMG, I Bought a Boat!

The Cruising Boat – The 5 Step Plan on Purchasing It

Watt’s Up – Electricity Simplified

Weather 000 for Cruisers


John Herlig

John Herlig

After bringing the 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, the Bahamas from the Abacos down to Great Inagua, as well as the greater Caribbean from Guatemala to Grenada.

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.


Getting Your Boat and Crew to the Bahamas

Cruising Around the Bahamas

Good Copy – VHF Use & Etiquette

Jeff Isaac


What’s In Your MedKit?

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.


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

Rudy & Jill Sechez

Rudy & Jill Sechez of Anchoring Consultants

Live-aboards and cruisers for over 20 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”.

As anchoring consultants,, they focus on helping boaters improve their gear and bolster their skills.


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 ( 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.


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.


Navigating with Today’s Technology

Nica Waters of

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,, 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,


Making Money (Legally) While Cruising

Provisioning – From List to Last Bite

Preparing for Your First Cruise

Staying Ship Shape – When Your Boat Becomes Your Gym

Website, Blogging, & Podcasts – The beginning steps to share your cruising journey

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.


Diesel Maintenance – 2 Day Master Class

Advanced Diesel Diagnostics – an all-day seminar


Annapolis, Maryland

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