John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal Present Exciting Free Seminars 2019
Chicago Boat Show: January 10 & 11, 2019
Toronto Boat Show: January 20, 2019
Seattle Boat Show: January 25-28, 2019
Pacific Boat Show, Richmond, CA: April 4 & 5, 2019
Free Boat Show Seminars Sponsored by Blue Water Sailing Magazine
Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show
January 10, 11 & 12, 2019
Sponsored by Blue Water Sailing Magazine
Thursday January 10
3:30 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Amanda Swan Neal will guide you through the six essential components of diesel engines with detailed PowerPoint images and an actual engine, providing you an understanding of how engines work including maintenance and troubleshooting tips based on her 42 years of ocean sailing. A free handout details this seminar and copies of her just-released, “Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book” will be available.
4:45 Selecting an Offshore Cruising Boat
John Neal details 20 key points to consider when purchasing a boat for coastal sailing or extended passage making, based on his 365,000 miles and 45 years of teaching and voyaging. Drawing on his extensive and objective knowledge of boats and builders worldwide, he has helped over 10,000 sailors find their dream boats. A free handout provides additional information and resources.
Friday January 11
1:00 Ocean Voyaging Preparation
20 steps to prepare for sailing to the Caribbean, the Med or the South Pacific. Topics covered include: selecting and outfitting your boat, engine and electrical systems, navigation, cost of cruising, insurance, seamanship and communication options. Based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 622,000 miles and 77 years’ experience. A free handout details this seminar.
2:15 South Pacific Sailing from Panama to New Zealand
Sail to exotic uncrowded South Seas isles where friendly islanders are pleased to welcome you. Weather, passage planning, safe & secluded anchorages plus new services available to cruisers are detailed in images and a free handout. In December, 2018 John & Amanda Neal returned from sailing Mahina Tiare, their Hallberg-Rassy 46 15,000 miles from Panama to Tahiti and through the South Pacific, culminating in a combined 416,000 miles and 62 years of South Pacific experience detailed on www.mahina.com.
3:30 Storm Survival Tactics
Survival becomes critical when storm avoidance is no longer an option. John & Amanda Neal show you the safest survival tactics including some radical new techniques based on their thousands of miles and decades of experience in the high latitudes of the Pacific and Atlantic, six Cape Horn roundings and the Queen’s Birthday Storm. A concise 25-page text is available illustrating and detailing this seminar.
Saturday Jan 12 (Paid Seminar)
8:00 – 5:30 Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar ($149-single, $249 – couple)
Gain knowledge and insights into all aspects of coastal and long distance cruising through this comprehensive, exciting full day seminar., John and Amanda Neal plus Nigel Calder will save you substantial time, effort and money with their documented approach to help you achieve your cruising dreams. Seminar includes the 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion (normally $60) which details the 18 topics covered. The seminar outline and registration form are available on www.mahina.com. $149-single, $249 – couple.
2019 Seattle Boat Show Seminars
Sponsored by 48 North & Blue Water Sailing Magazines
January 25, 26, 27 & 28
Friday, January 25: Club Level, Stage # 4
3:00 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Six essential components of diesel engines plus troubleshooting and preventative maintenance tips based on Amanda’s 42 years of ocean voyaging. Copies of her just-released Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book will be available.
5:00 Boat Selection for Offshore Cruising
John Neal and Pete McGonagle feature 22 key points and latest trends to consider when purchasing a boat for extended voyaging, based on their combined 1,460,000 sea miles and 80 years of experience. With their extensive, objective and worldwide knowledge of boats and builders, they’ll quickly allow you to narrow your search. There’s a free handout and a 37-page booklet is available.
Saturday, January 26: Club Level, Stage # 4
1:00 Shorthanded Sailing Techniques
John and Amanda will share valuable tips for setting up your boat plus procedures and checklists addressing the following: safety, overboard prevention, watch standing, electronics for safety, sail handling, weather resources, dealing with sleep deprivation, docking, communications and storm tactics. A handout featuring key points and resources is included.
3:00 Storm Avoidance & Survival Tactics
Based on their combined 658,000 ocean miles and decades of high-latitude experience John & Amanda Neal highlight the essence of storm avoidance including latest weather resources. When avoidance is no longer an option, survival becomes critical and ten specific tactics are highlighted including some radical new techniques that keep both crew and boat safe. A concise illustrated 25-page text is available.
Sunday, January 27: Club Level, Stage # 4
1:00 South Pacific: How to Sail from Seattle to New Zealand
Sail safely through Paradise - uncrowded South Seas isles await where friendly islanders welcome you. Latest information on passage timing & El Nino, new services, safe & secluded anchorages plus provisioning are detailed with colorful images and a free handout based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 416,000 miles and 62 years of South Pacific adventures.
3:00 Anchoring Techniques: From Puget Sound to Worldwide Regions
Six specific techniques and related equipment necessary for easy and safe anchoring whether in the Pacific NW, tropics or high-latitudes are detailed based John and Amanda Neal’s anchoring experience spanning 44 years in 54 countries. A free handout is included and a 20-page text is available.
5:00 Blue Water Voyaging Preparation
Prepare to sail to Mexico, Alaska, Caribbean or the South Pacific with 20 steps detailing Boat Selection and Outfitting, Engines & Electrics, Piracy, Route Planning, Cost of Cruising and Communications. Based on John & Amanda Neal’s combined 658,000 miles and 81 years’ experience this seminar’s resources and outline are included in a free outline and their 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion is available.
Monday, January 28: North Hall, Stage #2
1:00 Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda
Six essential components of diesel engines plus troubleshooting and preventative maintenance tips based on Amanda’s 42 years of ocean voyaging. Copies of Amanda’s just-released Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book will be available.
3:00 Galley Essentials with Amanda
Learn how to excel and simplify in provisioning, organizing, cooking and entertaining aboard as 48 North magazine’s monthly culinary columnist shares her recent offshore galley adventures.
Toronto 2019 Monday
Women’s Day Seminars Amanda Will Be Presenting
GIRL POWER: DIESEL ENGINE ESSENTIALS
Amanda Swan Neal will guide you through the six essential components of diesel engines with detailed PowerPoint images and an actual engine, providing you a clear understanding of how engines work.
You’ll learn how to undertake basic engine checks and when it’s time to hire a mechanic to keep an engine running smoothly. She will also demystify normal maintenance procedures including belt tensioning, fuel system maintenance, oil and filter changes, water pump impeller replacement and winterizing.
Troubleshooting and simple repairs are also clearly covered. Amanda is by no means a mechanic, although over the past 42 years she has helped maintain and repair engines on various boats on which she has worked and sailed worldwide. A free handout details this seminar and copies of her just-released, “Marine Diesel Essentials, A Learning and Coloring Book” will be available.
In this hands-on seminar with PowerPoint illustrations, professional rigger and Whitbread Race veteran Amanda Swan Neal will guide you through learning essential knots useful for boating. You will receive a piece of line and detailed handout to create your own unique “Sistaship Bracelet”. For each knot Amanda will relate its application with friendly anecdotes and stories gathered from her 50 years of worldwide boating experience along with explaining the history of line construction and line terminology.