Due to Covid 19, Classes will be held online until further notice.
January 11, 2021
Cost: $50 Members/$90 Non-Members Pay Online
Instructor: Jonathan Ward
Location: On Zoom
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Marine Communication Systems
January 13, 2021
Cost: $60 Members/$110 Non-Members Pay Online
Instructor: Raul Biascoechea
Location: On Zoom from Puerto Rico
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
January 25, 2021 Mondays for 7 weeks
Instructor: Mike Kondrat & wife Chris of Beaverton Power Squadron
Location: by Virtual Conference Meeting
Time 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Questions: email Alf.Dueser@alum.rpi.edu or call 914/826-4127
Contact: P/Lt/C Joellyn Jackson, S
This course attempts to make students more self-reliant afloat, with trouble-diagnosis and temporary remedies given special emphasis. It covers both marine gasoline and diesel engines, including concepts of operation, maintenance and repair of their:
Power train components
Ancillary propulsion components
The Marine Electronics course consists of three modules:
ME 101, Marine Electrical Systems
ME 102, Marine Communications
ME 103, Marine Electronics for Navigation.
There are no prerequisites for any of these modules; however, it is suggested that a member take ME 101 before taking ME 102. All three modules must be successfully completed to receive credit for Marine Electronics.
Marine Electrical Systems (MES)
This course covers the properties of electricity and the practice of wiring your boat for both DC and shore power (AC). Galvanic and stray current corrosion are covered, as is lightning protection. The course manual concludes with a chapter on troubleshooting and repairs. This has been found to be extremely helpful to make boaters feel more comfortable and safe hen maintaining their boat’s electrical system.
This course covers everything you need to know about on-board communications. It begins with a brief history of radio communications and an explanation of the various types of marine radios, focusing especially on the VHF/FM radio. Important radio operating procedures are included as well as Federal Communication Commission rules and licensing procedures, as are. If you are an offshore, deep water boater, options for long range communications are covered. A helpful troubleshooting and communication system maintenance chapter is included.
Marine (Electronic) Navigation Systems
This course goes deeper into electronic navigation systems than other courses. Topics and equipment covered include modern GPS chartplotters, the Automatic Identification System (AIS), up-to-date descriptions of electronics such as radar, depth sounders, sonars, autopilots, computers for navigation, smart phones and tablets for navigation, troubleshooting and maintaining your electronics, and so forth.) Newer devices such as ght vision aids also known as Forward Looking Infrared Systems are covered. In addition, a chapter on networking will demystify the connection of all these devices so boaters get the maximum enjoyment out of their boat’s electronic navigation systems.
This course is designed for members who plan to cruise for a year or just a weekend - in either a sail or power boat. It covers such topics as:
Planning a voyage
Financing a voyage
Managing commitments back home
How to equip a cruising boat
Entering and clearing foreign ports
RADAR FOR BOATERS
Developed by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, this course is up to date for radar technologies available now and into the near future. The course covers the different types of radar, their capabilities and limitations, as well as their features and how they apply to student needs. It covers what you need to know about radar, from how and where to mount the antenna to how to interpret the displays, so you can use your radar for collision avoidance and for navigational purposes.
Students attending this course should have completed America’s Boating Course (or another NASBLA-approved boating safety course), preferably have completed Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation(currently Piloting and Advanced Piloting), and have boating experience. Radar for Boaters is a required course for BOC-Offshore Navigation certification.
Scheduled Date: September 9 or 16 2019, Day TBD 8 - 10 week course
Combines an excellent USA Today text with excellent illustrations and sidebars that works well on two levels. For the beginner it makes the concepts clear without being technically incorrect. For the more experienced person it shows all the detail that has been learned in the last decade with doppler radar, better computers and more sophisticated satellites.
Next we have a Power Squadron book that tailors it to boating issues such as reading weather charts and reports. Finally we will draw on some supplementary books for the very unique weather patterns of the Northwest due to our complex and lofty terrain.
Weather fundamentals: highs and lows, fronts and troughs, jet stream, fog
Weather maps: how to interprept forecast charts and descriptions
Forecasting: how its done, what is predicatable and what isn't
Local phenomenon: convergence zone, Qualicum winds, ...
Winds and waves: when and why our local winds do not follow the theory
Learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced USPS sailors. Then tackle the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of difficult sailing conditions. This course will benefit non-sailors as well as novice and experienced sailors:
Types of sailboat rigs and hull shapes, including sail configurations and standing rigging
Wind and water forces affecting sailboat stability and balance
Sail shape and tuning the standing rig
Steering and helmsmanship
Sailing upwind, downwind and spinnaker handling
Heavy weather sailing and storm conditions
Boat operations including docking, anchoring and safety issues
Unlike other USPS courses, IQ is not designed to enhance boating skills. Rather, it deals with effective communications for speaker and teacher - a quality that benefits the individual in all walks of life. It offers practical instruction in:
Preparing for teaching assignments
Preparing for meeting presentations
Effective teaching techniques
Conducting efficient meetings
Selection and use of audio-visual aids