1. The Pre-Purchase Survey
Covers all the elements of an actual pre-purchase survey of both power & sail yachts in the 30 foot plus class. Covers U/W machinery, thruhull fittings, blisters, keels/rudders, hull to deck joints, deck and hardware, propane lockers, corrosion, stringers, masts/rigging, sails, engines, electronics, wiring, pumps, tankage, sea trial, fire fighting and instrumentation.
2. Powerboat Handling Trailering (Single Screw)
This program covers proper trailering, ramp launching, handling & docking, wind and current compensation, retrieval and haul out. Plus valuable checklist covering all of the safety equipment needed & the step-by-step procedures for proper trailering.
3. Pleasure Boating for Power & Sail
In-depth guide to safe boating and navigation from harbor to harbor for skippers and families of all boaters, power or sail. Covers boating basics, navigation, rules of the road, getting underway, rough water handling, anchoring, mooring and safety.
4. Single Engine Powerboat Handling
At last a program for trawler-type boat owners. Covers everything from a basic understanding of proper mooring techniques to maneuvering under power and much more.
5. Handling & Anchoring Your Boat
Boat anchoring and maneuvering are two of the most desired skills in boat handling. The essence of good seamanship demands that the boat operator be able to leave his slip and arrive at his destination safely, and to be able to skillfully anchor the vessel. Correct anchoring simply means that the vessel is going to stay where you put it without dragging and or interfering with other vessels at the anchorage. This program (for single and twin screw power or sail) shows you exactly how to put your boat where you want it and keep it there. It covers all aspects of boat handling, dock lines – how to run & tie them, docking and undocking, effect of wind and currents, steering, “walking” the boat and maneuvering with no engine.The anchoring section will de-mystify the whole subject and discusses types of anchors, how to select them, chain and line rode, selecting an anchorage, setting the anchor, dragging surge, retrieval and stowing. Includes a section on man-over-board. A must for the entire crew. This program is designed for boaters who are looking to increase their knowledge of safe maneuvering and anchoring skills. Teaches: Docking & Undocking, Reversing & Passing Other Vessels, Sound Signals, Rafting, Fenders & Lines, Anchoring Techniques, Anchoring Definitions, Ground Tackle, Sizes & Types of Anchors and Rode, Sea Anchors, Effect of Wind & Current.
6. Handling Your Twin Engine I/O
Learn to handle your twin engine inboard/outboard efficiently in both tight quarters and open water using a step-by-step method of approach that gives you a real “feel” for operating your boat. This program covers all the controls and related instruments typical of twin engine inboard/outboard powered craft, as well as the effect of using each of them through basic to advanced maneuvers. Whether you boat for pleasure, fishing or skiing you’ll find all the skills needed to ensure safe and confident boat handling. Covers trim tabs, backing, power tilt & trim, docking procedures, turning at low speeds, launching & loading, effect of wind and current and entering & departing slips.
7. The Boaters Guide to Single Engine I/O Boat Handling
Learn HOW TO handle your boat efficiently in both tight quarters and open waters. Learn to handle your single engine inboard/outboard efficiently in both tight quarters and open water using a step-by-step approach that gives you a real feel for operating your boat. This program covers all the controls and related instruments typical of single engine inboard/outboard powered craft, including wheel, throttles, trim and tilt as well as the effect of using them through basic to advanced maneuvers. Docking your boat is demonstrated for both docks and slips, showing the various dock line setups and the purpose of each. It includes the procedures to use when approaching and departing docks and entering and departing slips under various wind and current conditions. The final segment of this program covers the maneuvers for handling your boat in close quarters under tight and crowded conditions. Find all the skills you need to become proficient and confident at boat handling in tight quarters and open water. DVD Menu – Step-by-Instructions Include: Control functions, Boat maneuvers, Departing a dock, Departing a slip, Approaching a dock, Entering a slip, Close quarter maneuvers.
8. Handling Your Twin Outboard
A step-by-step guide that teaches you how to handle your twin outboard engine and the effects of using each of the controls and instruments. Teaches docking procedures, turning, backing, trim tabs, power tilt and trim, entering and departing slips and much more.
9. Handling Your Single Outboard
Discover how to handle your single engine outboard efficiently using a step-by-step approach that gives you a real “feel” for operating your boat. Covers entering and departing slips, wind and current, docking and undocking, backing, power tilt and trim and more.
10. Heavy Weather Powerboat Handling
This program teaches you how to be prepared for bad weather before boating and how to deal with it if you are ever confronted at sea. Includes handling and maneuvering techniques in heavy seas, anchoring under adverse conditions as well as covering all the equipment needed for bad weather cruising.
11. 100 Boating Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Learning from your mistakes is definitely the hard way to go about improving your boating skills. This program includes a checklist of common and not so common mistakes that you want to be sure to avoid while boating. Subjects covered include: Running Aground, Wasting Fuel, Getting Lost at Sea, Loosing Someone Overboard, Running out of Fuel, Colliding with Another Vessel, Getting Lost in Fog, Getting Caught in Bad Weather, Fires Onboard, Extra Pounding in Heavy Seas, Electrical Failures, Anchoring problems & losing someone overboard.
12. Boating Inland Waters
Far more boating takes place on inland waterways than offshore waters. Some of the best cruising is found on networks of inland lakes and rivers and interconnecting waterways. In the United States, there are more than 30,000 miles of inland navigable waterways. In addition, there are numerous isolated rivers and thousands of lakes suitable for small boat recreation. Covers: Pilot Rules for Inland Waters, river boating, state boating laws, planning the cruise, aids to navigation, river piloting, lake boating, avoiding fog, lake piloting, river seamanship, canal boating, avoiding shoals & rocks.
13. Boatcamp: Boating Fundamentals
Regardless of age, enjoyable boating is tied to knowledge, experience and attitude. This program explores the fundamentals and basic training for boaters relating to safety, the law, operation and the language of boating. Captain Marc and his crew, with the help of members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, sailing instructors and state certified marine educators, cover boating fundamentals in a fun and comprehensive way. Subjects covered include: boating basics, anchoring, docking, navigation, safety, locks, trailering, VHF & more.
14. Boating Basics for New Boat Owners & Experienced Skippers
Includes downloadable forms for pre-launch checklist, float plan and creating your boating profile. A comprehensive guide to the Basics of Boating for first-time boat owners as well as experienced skippers with easy to understand instruction on a variety of boating subjects. Subjects covered include: navigation aids, getting underway, docking, fueling, trailering, safety gerar, outboard power & propulsion, winterizing, regular maintenance, basic navigation, marlinspike seamanship and much more. Plus professional marine surveyors give tips on buying a used boat and fiberglass experts and detailers give tips on gel coat repairs and putting a new shine on an old boat.
15. Improving Your Boating Skills & Knowledge
Take the next step to becoming a better boater by improving your boating skills and knowledge. A companion program to Boating Basics and valuable information on its own. Marine professionals teach you the how’s & why’s, practical boating tips, techniques & procedures to become a better boater. Topics include: boat handling with single and twin outboards, trailering, launching & loading, docking & fueling, batteries & chargers, communications, electronics, advanced maneuvering skills, electronics, GPS, sonar, marlinspike seamanship, navigational aids, weather and sea conditions, safety on the water, handling emergencies, downloadable forms and much more. Industry experts answer the most commonly asked questions and provide maintenance & rigging tips.
16. What To Do When Things Go Wrong & How to Prevent Them
You never know when something will go wrong on the water, from break-downs to taking on water. This information packed program helps you to understand some of the major problems that occur and how to work through them if they happen. More importantly how to prevent them from happening in the first place. Teaches: safety & boat check, filing a float plan, common problems & solutions, rendering aid on the water, mayday, preventative maintenance tips, anchoring, navigation, rigging tips and how to set up your boat for fishing. Basic rules of the road are covered, along with navigating in reduced visibility, the fix-it shop & much more. There are several do-it-yourself projects to make your time on the water more productive, safe and enjoyable.
17. The Encyclopedia of Boating Tips
Hundreds of must-have boating tips with amazing video and stunning 3D graphics! The Encyclopedia of Boating Tips includes over 3 hours of video and thousands of tips gleaned from experts and veteran boating enthusiasts alike. Easy-to-follow menus cover Basic Skills (anchoring, docking, gauges), Maintenance (Engines, painting, plumbing), Navigation (rules of the road, compass), Electronics (GPS, radar, SSB, VHF), Safety, Tables & Graphs. Plus hundreds of boating facts & tips on outfitting, operating & maintaining your boat. Includes narration, video segments, 2-D and 3D animations, graphics & charts. If you have a boat or if you’re thinking about getting a boat or just know someone with a boat, you need the Encyclopedia of Boating Tips! Subjects covered include: Basic Skills, Maintenance, Navigation, Electronics, Safety and much more.
1. The Pre-Purchase Survey