Cruising, Chartering, Provisioning, Living Aboard, Regional Boating, Watermaking
Speaker Location Specific Topics
Sahuarita, AZ
Cruising Lake Powell and inside passage from Seattle to N. Vancouver Isl. BC in Powerboat, Family Boating and has other charter experiences. Videos available.
Paradise Valley, AZ
Coastal Navigation, Cruising, Marine Communications, Radar, GPS, Loran
George LeBaron Chula Vista, CA

Cruising in Baha Mexico and Southern California, boat maintenance. What is the fair market value of your boat?

Marine Appraiser/Surveyor (Power and Sail

Capt. Mike Whitehead Costa Mesa, CA

Cruising, boat purchasing, boating instruction, deliveries, skippering, regulations. Extensive cruising knowledge of Pacific Coast from Ensenada Mexico up to Canada and down to Hawaii. Host of Boathouse TV & Radio Shows, weekly column in LA Times community paper, the Daily Pilot, Sea Magazine Boat Test writer, Dockside Magazine:”Where’s Mike?” cruising column, Boat Review writer, Charterboat Operators Alliance, Newport Marine Committee.

Capt.Mike LeButt Irvine, CA

“Sailing the Inland Seas” - The Great Lakes best harbors, resorts, lighthouses, shipwrecks, geography, history & people navigation, avoiding steamer traffic, anchoring, equipment, weather, heavy weather sailing, hypothermia, safety issues, Mackinac Races. CG Master & USPS Navigator.

Ralph Folsom, Pixie Haughwout San Diego, CA

Canal cruising in South of France, Lake Huron’s North Channel. Ralph Folsom and Pixie Haughwout are authors of 2 cruising guides: Canal Cruising in the South of France--The Romantic Canal du Mid, and Well-Favored Passage--The Magic of Lake Huron’s North Channel (4th edition). Presentations are 1 hr. Slides

Bruce Martens San Diego, CA Boat buying and selling, marine surveys & pre-surveys maintenance, boat handling, living aboard, sailing, powerboating, seamanship, coastal navigation and piloting, preparing for cruising, especially getting your ship ready. Surveyor, towboat operator, scuba diver and author.
Valerie Field Sausalito, CA

Living on a yacht, 1) from 20 to 60 min: Ten Years Before the Mast," on historic sailing ship, "General de la Rey." with children and pets. 6 months "on the hook," 3 1/2 yrs. tied up at end of pier, 6 yrs. at a marina. 2) from 20 to 60 min or 3 hr workshop, "Living on the Water.....on a Yacht." Includes workbook and Compatibility Test, a communication tool to share with a prospective live aboard partner. Valerie's 17 yrs. of living aboard also includes 2 yrs. on a Catalina 27 and 5 yrs. on a Catalina 320. Visit Valerie, a professional speaker/trainer, on her web site, . Reimbursement negotiable. Requests screen.

Neal Doten Redwood City, CA

- Cruising the California coast
- Cruising the Pacific coast of Mexico
- Cruising the Pacific coast of Central America to Panama
- Boat preparation for cruising (power or sail)
- Coastal navigation training
- Boat search and acquisition (power or sail)

Slides and handouts available, AV equipment available. San Francisco Bay area and California

Doten Consulting Ltd,

Gail Ostrow Bridgeport, CT

Cruise planning/provisioning, sailing the ICW. Simplifying your life -moving aboard.

All About Anchoring: types of anchors and rodes, connectors, anchoring situation variable, stories about leaving your ground tackle at home, accidental anchoring, sailing while anchored, etc.

Former PS Education Officer, CTS Certified Sailing and Boating Instructor. May need equipment, not available Wednesdays.

Ronald Fransom Delray Beach, FL Vacation cruises, why cruising is so popular - the fastest growing segment of vacation industry, facts and history of the cruising industry, comparing cruises, cruising on sailing vessels, river cruises.

Joel Busse Jupiter, FL Anchorages along the Florida Keys that are dog friendly! CD Cruising Guide: “Cruisin’ The Keys With Sailor The Wonder Dog”

Capt. Wayne Robinson Lake Mary, FL Safety, sailing, boat handling, navigation, rules of the road, cruising.

Delivery Captain Instructor. Can cover areas: Portland, ME - Newport, RI.

Capt. Pete Seidel Palm Coast, FL The need for mandatory boater safety education. Vessel operation in NY Harbor. Running “the ditch” - The Intracoastal Waterway, preparing for a cruise.

Captain Seidel is a delivery captain holding a 100 Ton Master USCG license.

Grant & Astaar Breining Punta Gorda, FL

Living aboard & cruising, ICW, “Houses are Boring!-Part 1” is 55min pres w/slides, describes 2500 mi/37 day trip along Tennessee River and Tom Bigbee Waterway. Other experiences include NE coast ICW to St. John's River, FL Keys and North on Hudson.

Requests donation to Peace River Wildlife Assn or Chesapeake Bay Found. in Group’s name.

J. Jopie Helsen St. Petersburg, FL

Dealing with boat yards, why surveyors are important in insurance claims, what I have learned in the last 40 years in the boat bushiness. Presentations included "The Rescue of the sailboat JADE by the USCG Vessel Harriet Lane W903" and also "Sailing the Mediteranian, Coatia, Italy, Greece and Turkey"

Yacht Designer, Sailor’s Wharf, Inc. owner

Baxley, GA
Author: "Macedonia Passage: Dangerous Cargo - a Novel of Adventure and Intrigue". 6 months deck hand on styas’l schooner, transatlantic and extensive cruising in the Med. Assisted in sail training on 137’ brig Unicorn, Delivery Captain of sailboats along the East Coast/ BVIs. Marine Coordinator for Robert Altman- directed film “The Gingerbread Man”. Raced Hobie Cats 18 yrs and cruising sailboats.
Honolulu, HI
State of Hawaii Boating Program (general) and future of Boating in Hawaii, state boating laws & rules, boating facilities, ramps, marinas. Development of private marina facilities, ocean user conflicts.
Kailua-Kona, HI
Weather, sailing, cruising.
Susan Scott Kailua, HI

2014 Book: "Call Me Captain, A Memoir of a Woman at Sea.", Sailing Through Menopause: Crisis Turned Adventure, Sailboat Repairs For The Mechanically Impaired, Sailing the Coconut Milk Run -- Minus The Husband, The Marine Life Of Tropical Pacific Islands And Atolls, Sailing the Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Atoll, A Unique National Wildlife Refuge, Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument -- also known as Hawaii's Northwest Chain, Counting Albatrosses On Midway Atoll.

Slide shows for each of these topics and can combine some. Author of 6 additional books. Marine biologist. See for more information. Requests reimbursement for travel.

Barrington, IL

Cruising catamarans.

Extensive travel experience, winters in FL, summers in Barrington IL. Area: anywhere in US, fee only if cannot combine with business or not local.

Mt. Prospect, IL

Sea Scouts of America: History and Future Multihulls, History of Power Trimarans, boat building, sailing down the Mississippi and back, salmon fishing on Lake Michigan.

Director of Boys No More - vocational/educational organization for teens at risk. Mentoring teens. Can customize talk to your group’s needs.

Terre Haute, IN

River History and Travel on MS, IL, OH, TN, MO, KY, White, Cumberland and Wabash Rivers, Tenn-Tom Waterway and others aboard the Wabash Queen.

Author: "Beyond The Bridges: Rediscovering Our Waterway". Slide Presentation. Confessions of a River Rat, Reading the River, Where All the Waters Come From, Indiana’s Best Kept Secrets, Lewis & Clark Expeditions. Writer and Graphic Artist. Director, Indiana Waterways Association.

Louisville, KY Houseboats: types, history and development. Sea planes.
Chatham, MA Cruising - Long Island Sound, boating safety, legal rights and obligations in boating.
Ludlow, MA River power boating, safety and education, boating on the Connecticut River, MA, recently named an American Heritage River, its hazards and beauty.
Annapolis, MD Plan your Cruising Life! Brooke Perkins and Marilyn Henderson focus on budgeting, controlling your cash and investments. What you need to know before you quit your job and go cruising! Discuss early retirement, creating a budget, bill paying while traveling, currency exchange, obtaining cash in foreign ports, managing risk and physical health issues.
Annapolis, MD

Communications installation, maintenance, and operation aboard ranging from wifi and cellular to HF/SSB and satellite systems, ham radio at sea, provisioning and cooking aboard while passagemaking, transatlantic passages, heading offshore to the Bahamas, and chartering in the Caribbean. See

Fred Hallett Arnold, MD 12,000 mile "Retirement Cruise" from Annapolis to Bermuda, Azores, England, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Martinique, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas aboard FANTASIA, a Baba 35 cutter. Powerpoint and video presentation together take you on the 10 month journey. Fred and Anne present route in detail, including the importance of prep and lessons learned from problems encountered with a volunteer crew on long voyages.
Capt. John McDevitt Grasonville , MD

Marine and AAS Fire Protection, Marine Electricity - Certified ABYC Marine Electrician and Master Technician, Marine Surveyor (SAMS) specializing in Marine Electrical surveys, Boating Safety. USCG Licensed Captain 100 Tons. Geographic Experience Maine to Florida Keys, AICWW, Bahamas, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, New York Canal System, Inland Rivers: Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Tom-Bigbee, Gulf of Mexico, GICWW, Okeechobee Waterway. Speaker at industry events, author of many articles, industry and recreational boating teacher. Has handouts. May need projector for presentation.

Escanaba, MI
Underwater salvage, Great Lakes cruising, metal boat building.
Backus, MN
Sailing, cruising, power or sail, navigation, safety, Bahamas , ICW provisioning, preparing for a short blue water crossing.
Long Beach, MS
Cruising, navigation, boat construction, rigging, fiberglass
Camden, NC

Marine electronics consulting/installation, boating legal installation requirements, radio, radar, Loran, GPS, Rose Buddies, cruising: middle East coast (Baltimore, MD to Oriental, NC).

Active in US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Kinston, NC
Navigation, cruising, sailing. Two 11 month circumnavigations with visits to over 80 countries, historic vessels-life at sea on traditional sailing ships, diving on wrecks, photo-safaris and more. May need reimbursement for travel expenses. Photos available by email upon request.

Forked River, NJ

1. Cruising New Jersey . slides & lecture. Cruising areas on the nearly 400 mi. of NJ navigable waters, from Hudson River down along Atlantic, up the Delaware River to Phila. & Trenton

2. The History of Navigation: demonstration of navigation instrumentation from earliest to present. Author: A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters, The Galley: How Things Work; Navigation Through the Ages, Lessons From My Good Old Boat, Dictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations, and many magazine articles. USCG Licensed Captain. In Oct 2010, will be inducted into the Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame.

Matawan, NJ

Cruising on Long Island Sound to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, boating safety, weather, navigation, anchoring, marlinspike, boat handling and etiquette, all about the USPS Sailing Course.

Milford, NJ

Cruising, singlehandling, planning trips, living aboard, gear.

Area: 60-75 mi radius, would like reimburse for travel if poss.

Moorestown, NJ

Boat handling, safety, anchoring, cruising, electronics, proper equipment, navigation and making boating fun!

Has handouts. Offers beginner/ intermediate and advanced seminars, 90-120 minutes. Needs advance notice for May, June and July . May need OH projector, screen, Power-point projector, large white board, tables/chairs.

Albany, NY

Coastal and inland cruising - east and west coasts. Schedule will feature cruising grounds covered in his book, "Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain" (464 pgs. $28.95). Choose from the Hudson River, Erie Canal, portions of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands, Lake Champlain and more. Discover new anchorages and area history. Author.

Hamlin, NY

Sailing, navigation, cruising safety, Rules of The Road, lights & sound signals, history of US Coast Guard Auxiliary, heavy weather vessel handling, cruising L. Ontario, Virgin Islands, San Francisco Bay.

New York, NY

Barque Jeanie Johnston, November North Atlantic trip- Newfoundland to Ireland, boating safety, ferry operations, dinner boats, yachts, shipyard & marina operation.

Captain licensed for sail and power since 1960, experienced with East Coast and NY Harbor.

Pittsford, NY

Cruising and racing on the Great Lakes, racing tactics, crew selection, motivation.

Extensive experience racing in different parts of the world. Raced different kinds of boats from 12-Mtr to Rhodes 19, many annual races, incl Newport- Bermuda, Port Huron and Chicago Races to Mackinaw Island Admiral Bayfield Award, won Cabot 500 race series cup-New Foundland 1997. Past President LYRA. Small Honorarium.

Skaneateles, NY

NY State Boating Rules, launching, trailering, equipment, legal requirements

Tomkins Cove, NY

Intracoastal WaterWay: Norfolk to Jacksonville, Bahama Islands to the Exumas, ICW distances, living aboard, cruising, anchoring, anchorages, passing in a narrow channel, meaning of “one short blast”, locks and bridges, docking, effects of currents, “Aground!”, women & boating.

Author, Chartracker to the ICW, USPS Instructor.

White Plains, NY

Cruising Long Island Sound. Cruising from Long Island to Jericho Bay / Isle Au Haut- -(New York to Maine), passages. Slide show 'quiz' on harbors from City Island to Plymouth, Cruising with Children, Boat Repairs / Upgrades, Cooking for Cruising (Preparation).

Wolcott, NY

Lake Ontario- environmental topics, local issues, politics (wind power, etc), ANS, single handed sailing, maritime history- gales, wrecks, cargo schooners & commerce, as a boating writer/ charter skipper, teaching women sailing. Author: Passages On Inland Waters, Ariel’s World, The Edge Walker’s Guide To Lake Ontario Beach Combing. and other ‘05 titles. The Lake Ontario Log publisher, slideshow, readings.

North Olmsted, OH

Safety equipment& procedures, extensive cruising: Lake Erie, North Carolina coast, Gulf of Mexico, New England, Japan. Expert Witness testimony. Design, construct pres. w/associate. Current electronics/ GPS. 30 yrs Coast Guard service. Slides, Edmund Fitzgerald sinking, Great Lakes Maritime History, Why recreational boaters should be licensed.

Oregon City, OR

Cruising, Navigation (Celestial & GPS) and Safety , Using Boats For Humanitarian Service, Cruising The Central Pacific-Kiribati Isles, Cruised 5000 mi from FL along Atlantic East Coast through Great Lakes then down MS River, and 2500 mi trip CA to HI in 18' boat. Area: 200 mile range may be possible.

Red Lion, PA

Erie Canal: 12 Years of experience - 25 minute slide presentation. Canoe and small boat hull design and use. Tips for cruising Chesapeake to Erie, Oswego and Champlain Canals, and FL Okeechobee Waterway from Stuart to Ft Myers.

Canoe Shop Owner.

Nashville, TN

Cruising America’s Great Loop - an approx 5600 mile trip circumnavigating Eastern North America. Cruising the Tennessee River, cruising the Cumberland River.

May be able to speak in AL, TN and KY.

Nashville, TN

Cruising inland waters; Cumberland, Tennessee Rivers, Tenn-Tom, waterway boat handling & delivery, marine safety & law, locks & dams. Appeared in boating accident lawsuits. Licensed Captain and Attorney.

Roanoke, VA

Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, boating safety, VA State Boating Education Program

Wendy Hinman Bainbridge Island, WA Preparing for offshore voyaging, provisioning, living aboard, simple cruising, cruising on a budget,
living without refrigeration, keeping your relationship off the rocks, cruising comfort, sea stories,
nautical history, sailing, racing, seamanship, docking, women in boating, Sailed 34,000 miles on a 31-foot sailboat. Requests projector, screen and mic. Author: “Tightwads On The Loose: A Seven-Year
Pacific Odyssey”,, Travel reimbursement requested outside Seattle area.
Port Ludlow, WA

Living aboard before and after retirement. What to expect when cruising south (Mexico, Central America, Panama Canal, Western Caribbean) including winds, anchoring/docking, seamanship, food, local customs, pros & cons of sailing with pets, weapons, etc. Knots & splices.

100 Ton Captain’s License, 50 years sailing experience, certified ASA Sailing Instructor.

Seattle, WA

Marine surveying, fiberglass technology, boat maintenance and repair, long cruise preparation.

Franklin, WI

Cruising America’s Great Loop, the continuous waterway that circumnavigates the eastern part of the U.S. - Great Lakes passage, Mississippi and inland rivers, Gulf ICW, Atlantic Coast-ICW, Hudson River, Erie Canal. Bridges, best times to cruise each section, locks.

USCG Licensed Captain, 50 Ton Master