Is the regular conference not enough for you? Do you wish there were more sessions that you could participate in? We hear you! Captain Jonathan Kabak has put together not one but two (!!) additional days of workshops before the conference even starts!
The workshops are $75 for both Saturday and Sunday, or $50 for just one day. You can sign up for them on the registration page (scroll all the way down to the end) on the conference website.
February 23rd, Saturday- Demystifying the Engine Room: An introduction to marine engineering for tall ship sailors
Led by Captain Jonathan Kabak
This one day workshop will introduce three key areas of marine engineering to attendees: Propulsion Mechanics, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems, with the goal that participants will emerge with a greater understanding of the relationship between the three and an ability to complete basic trouble shooting.
Topics will include:
Diesel Engines — Outboard Engines — Transmissions — Propeller
Basic Electrical Theory —Direct Current (DC) Systems —Battery Types and Battery Charging —Alternating Current (AC) Systems Electrolysis
Saltwater Systems — Freshwater Systems —Pumps —Hydraulics
Captain Jonathan Kabak is the Director of Marine Operations for the USMMA Sailing Foundation, which operates and maintains a fleet of over sixty vessels ranging from high performance race boats to luxury motor yachts. He is responsible for vessel surveys, planning and implementing major maintenance periods as well as regular upkeep of the fleet. In addition to his USCG Master’s License, Jonathan is an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certified Marine Electronics Technician and has completed the National Marine Manufacturers Association Basic Installer Training.
February 24, Sunday- Riddle of the Strands: The Liverpool Eye Splice Revealed
Led by Captain and Master Rigger Jamie White
“Every finger a marlinspike, every hair a rope yarn and blood of Stockholm Tar!” is the traditional description of the ship’s bosun. In this workshop, master rigger Jamie White will lead you through the mysteries of the Liverpool Wire Splice. This is a handy skill for any sailor, and a must for any bosun, with more applications than you might think. Good for standing rigging, stropped blocks, and running rigging gear, to name a few. Seemingly mysterious and yet amazingly simple once you know the tricks, this is a hands-on chance to wire splice with a master rigger who has taught wire splicing from Scotland to Australia.
Wire rope splicing is a maritime craft rich in tradition and functional beauty that can be intimidating and mysterious to the novice. Jamie will help to take the mystery out of the Liverpool splice with hands-on instruction.
Learn the basic principles and practical hands-on techniques in turning in a Liverpool wire rope eye splice in a rigging vise, machinist vise, or in your hand when a vise is not available.
Captain and master rigger Jamie White began working in the traditional rigging and square-rig sail training industry in 1982. He has sailed over 30,000 miles as bosun, mate, or master on many square-rigged & traditional vessels including: HMAV Bounty, the three-masted barque Elissa, topsail schooner Californian, galleon Golden Hinde, barque Star of India, brig Pilgrim, schooner Adventuress, 3 masted split-topsail schooner Jacqueline, square-topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, brig Lady Washington, schooner Atlantis, and the brigantine Soren Larsen. He served as Chief/Master Rigger on the three-masted barque Glenlee, the four-masted barque Moshulu, the three-masted ship Balclutha, and the three-masted schooner C.A. Thayer. Captain White has served as a rigging consultant on the four-masted ship Falls of Clyde, the three-masted ship Discovery, and the three-masted barque Polly Woodside. Most recently he spent much of 2016 supervising and directing the $3.5 million rigging restoration of the largest wrought iron commercial sailing ship in the world, the full rigged ship Wavertree, launched 1885. Jamie crossed the Equator three times under square-rig and had the good fortune of working on several Hollywood movies as a consultant, sailor, or rigger, including two Pirates of the Caribbean films, among others.
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