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This year promises to be an exciting year with a variety of boating education courses!
We will be offering a variety of courses and seminars at several different venues. Keep your eye on the Anchor Watch and our webpage for announcements and updates. We also advertise in The Capital, Spinsheet and Proptalk.


Upcoming Courses:


Marine Electrical Systems

Marine Electrical Systems (MES) covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so students should feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks after passing this course.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings, 2 April thru 4 June 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Cost: $50.00. Location: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies



Piloting is the first of the navigational classes focusing on techniques for piloting a boat in coastal and inland conditions. The course emphasizes planning and checking along with the use of GPS for determining position, and introduces digital charting along with traditional charting, compass and dead reckoning skills. Plotting, labeling, use of the compass, aids to navigation and a host of related topics are included in this all-new approach to coastal and inland piloting. This course uses the 4x15 plotter and dividers, which must be ordered separately. The Student Kit includes the Student Manual, the RosePoint Coastal Explorer DVD, and the Plotting and Labeling Guide. Course Cost $75.00 Optional extras Plotting tool $7.00, 4” Protractor $5.00, Dividers $12.00 Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, 1 April to 3 June 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Location: Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies



The following seminars will be taught at West Marine, Hillsmere Dr.,  Annapolis MD as part of the Saturday Seminar Series. They are free to the public.  Books and materials will be available for sale.

Trailering Your Boat
Trailering Your Boat explains how to select tow vehicles, hitches, and trailers. It also explains how to safely and securely trailer your boat, launch and retrieve it, and how to operate and maintain your trailering equipment. The McGraw-Hill published USPS book Trailering your Boat by Bruce Smith, will be for sale at the seminar. Saturday, 15 February 2014, 10:00 to 12:00 pm


Using GPS
This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation and shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts. The seminar also shows you how to operate your GPS - what the buttons do, what the screens show, and how to access the functions you need. You'll also get some tips for choosing a GPS if you don't currently own one. The waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain's Quick Guide Using GPS is included to take aboard to remind you of the steps, or to show another of your crew how to use your GPS will be available for sale. Saturday, 8 March 2014, 10:00 to 12:00 pm


The new Anchoring Seminar has been prepared to assist boaters in understanding the issues and problems involving the theories of anchor weight, the methods used to anchor, and the choices of anchor types for the area of boating. The slides and notations on anchoring are intended to raise awareness of the need for correct anchor choices and the mechanics of proper anchoring techniques. The knowledge gained from completing this seminar will increase the student’s understanding of the conditions and situations involved in anchoring a boat and the need for a proper anchor choice. Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 10:00 to 12:00 pm



Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies, 116 Legion Ave., Annapolis MD, 410-263-4880

West Marine, 113 Hilsmere Dr., Annapolis MD 21403, 410-268-0129


It's easy to register for a class or seminar:

- Call the Hotline at 410-263-8777. You will need Option 2 to register for member courses.

- Register online. Click on this link:

- Send an email to Please include your full name, the class you want to sign up for, and a phone number in case further information is needed.


If there is a registration problem, please contact me at 410-643-5666.


Mike Maszczenski