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This one day workshop with Norm & Beth Cooper breaks down the boat preparation process to each area of the boat ranging from below the water line to electronics and communication. The content has been update to include the latest trends and technologies in use by cruisers today.

When: Saturday, January 13
9:30 am: doors open at 9:00 AM
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum: CM Discovery Centre Room
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6J 1A3
Presenter: Norm & Beth Cooper
Contact: Shannon Rae

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Preparing Your Boat for Offshore 

Saturday, January 13, 2018  -   Norm & Beth Cooper

Vancouver Maritime Museum: CMC Discovery room

Purpose & Benefits of Course:

There are significant differences between coastal sailboats and those that venture offshore.  The process of upgrading your coastal boat to be safe and functional on long offshore passages can be daunting.  Which upgrades are essential and which are just nice to have or can be deferred?

This one day workshop with Norm & Beth Cooper breaks down the boat preparation process to each area of the boat ranging from below the water line to electronics and communication.  The content has been update to include the latest trends and technologies in use by cruisers today.

The presentation includes hundreds of photos and illustrations.  Norm & Beth will also have lots of equipment on hand including storm sails, their ditch bag and even a folding bike.

Course Content: 

The course will be a full day workshop with discussion and interaction encouraged.  Key subjects to be presented include:

Below the Waterline: bottom paint, zincs, line cutters, strainers, waterline itself

Topsides: ground tackle, whisker pole, storm sails, reefing systems, preventer, radar arch, self steering, radar reflectors, fuel storage and filtering

Inside the Boat: storage systems, refrigeration, handholds, fans, lee cloths, water makers, bilge pumps and alarms

Electronics & Communication: SSB radio, sat phones, Iridium GO!, inReach, AIS systems, radar, navigation computers and chartplotters

Power Management: batteries, alternators, LED lighting, solar panels, tow generators, wind generators

Safety Systems: life rafts, PFD's, tethers, jack lines, flares, fire extinguishers, safety procedure manual

Dinghies: selection criteria, design options, storage options, landing wheels, security issues

Recreational Goodies: dive gear, kayaks, folding bikes, hooka breathing systems

Provisioning: meal planning, pre-passage preparation, food storage systems, freezer pros & cons

Ditch Bag: contents, pre-departure check lists, tether & flotation issues

Medical Kit: offshore medical kit contents, key items you will use, medications to have on board

Spare Parts: discussion on key items to have, review of Sarah Jean II spare parts lists


Norm & Beth Cooper are experienced offshore voyagers.  They spent 3 years travelling to New Zealand and back.  Prior to that they spent two years preparing their boat, Sarah Jean II, a Saga 43, for the adventure.  This course is based on their boat preparation experience, practical experience offshore and observation of hundreds of cruising boats of various designs.  Norm is a certified ISPA sailing instructor.  He and his wife, Beth, operate Ocean Forest Voyaging, a boutique offshore sailing school providing coastal and offshore sailing instruction.  See 


Classroom style, with PowerPoint presentations and workshop discussion.


Norm & Beth will bring in samples of many of the items being discussed.  They will also have many lists as handouts.  Following the course all slides will be made available for download via Dropbox.  Certain spreadsheets, such as provisioning lists, will be available for download as well.

Dates & Times:

Saturday, January 13, 2018            9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Vancouver Maritime Museum, CM Discovery Centre Room

Vancouver, BC


Coffee will be available.

Lunch: Bring you own, and there are restaurants 4 blocks up at Cypress and Cornwall. We are trying to get a food truck down, but in the colder weather it is not as dependable.


There is free parking in the lot while you are attending the seminar. Please come and get a pass once you sign in with the organizer.


Bluewater Cruising Members  -  $85

Non-members  -  $100


There will be a $15 , charge in the event a student withdraws before the first session.

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