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February 11, 2024 Update from Friday Harbor:

Seattle Boat Show Seminars were packed! In 48 years of presenting at the show, I’ve never seen better attendance at mid-week seminars. The six-hour Introduction to Offshore Sailing proved a hit with close to 30 attending, so it’s likely the producers will invite me to present it again in 2025.

2024 Scotland expeditions are now sold out, HOWEVER, we always have cancellations. If you’d like to be #1 on the waiting list, just send in a completed (doesn’t have to be notarized) application and I’ll contact you immediately when we have a cancellation.

2025 Scotland expeditions dates are posted here: and applications are already arriving.

2024 New Zealand training expeditions have just six berths remaining. Details here:

Check out new list of seminar co-presenters and colleagues HERE. My goal is to make this Team Mahina page a resource linking to my trusted colleagues around the world, saving you time and money.

Nigel Calder, technical guru and prolific author will be co-presenting with me, Pete McGonagle and Elizabeth Shaw in my October 11 Mahina Offshore Seminar at Cruisers University during the Annapolis Boat Show. Nigel is also offering new two-day hands-on Boat Electrical Systems seminar April 17 & 18 and October 29 & 30 in Portland, Maine.

Just updated BOATS TO CONSIDER FOR OFFSHORE CRUISING LIST I’ve just totally gone through updating, adding and eliminating boats from my four-page list, based on recent findings and input from surveyors, boatyards and owners worldwide. Click HERE for the updated list.

NEW ASA-JOHN NEAL SEMINAR SERIES! Go to for details on the five-part webinar series, and the first one is FREE!

VIRTUAL MAHINA SEMINAR with ebook version of the 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion completed and available! After an exciting and intensive four days of filming with two camera crews going simultaneously, the 10+ hour version of our 2-day Mahina Offshore Workshop held annually early March at the Marine Tech Center in Anacortes is available, with unlimited digital access or as a USB drive. The $299 price includes periodic updates and the 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion (normally $60). Email me: for payment details. A huge thanks to Julie and Gio Cappelli and of course to SVC Program Chair Mike Beemer.

More updates coming soon!