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Don't be them: attend 'Navigation for Husbands & Wives' in Newport

CruiserPort University brings a popular couples’ seminar called “Navigation for Husbands & Wives” to the Newport International Boat Show. The two-hour class, held at the Newport Blues Cafe, is designed to build confidence and encourage teamwork.

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This mini-course, scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, is for new boaters or more experienced boaters seeking a primer on the latest technology. Instructor Bob Sweet is a senior navigator and author of The Weekend Navigator, GPS for Mariners, Using GPS and Using GPS with Charts and a consultant to OceanGrafix.

Sweet’s seminar is a comprehensive “quick-start” guide to navigation, teaching essential skills ranging from planning a cruise to navigating underway and cross-checking your position. He will demonstrate how to use paper charts with your electronics in a complementary way and tricks for dealing with tides and currents.

Sweet’s navigation seminar is one of eight that can be purchased individually for $60, or you can buy a VIP pass, which lets you attend eight classes at a substantial savings. Two additional seminars, Nigel Calder’s “Diesel Engines: Maintenance & Troubleshooting” and “Troubleshooting Marine Electrical Systems,” are eight-hour classes and are not included in the VIP pass.

CruiserPort is organized by the same people who bring you TrawlerPort, but it is not specific to trawlers. The intended audience is cruisers or would-be cruisers under power or sail.

The Active Interest Media Marine group publishes Soundings, Sail, Power & Motoryacht, Yachts International, Anglers Journal and PassageMaker magazines.

Bob Sweet’s “Navigation for Husbands & Wives” will be presented at the Newport Blues Cafe on Friday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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