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Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Sailors ahoy: Boating seminars begin

EVERETT -- The Everett Sail & Power Squadron is planning to offer several classes and free seminars starting next week.
The group is a member of the United States Power Squadrons -- one of the oldest boating organizations in the nation. It's dedicated to educating boaters, civic service and fellowship with other boaters.
Free boating seminars are scheduled to be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Orca Room at the Port of Everett/Yacht Club building, 404 14th St., Everett.
Here are the seminars:
n Tuesday -- Boat Handling Under Power. Learn about boat propulsion systems, steering, close quarters maneuvering, single and twin screw engines, docking and departing, and more. Contact Jim West at phnx789@msn.com to register.
n May 21 -- Knots, Bends and Hitches. Practice and learn how to tie knots essential to boating and when to use which knot. Non-boaters are welcome. Contact Lloyd Richmond at lerichmond6@comcast.net to register.
n May 30 -- Boating on Rivers, Lakes and Locks. Learn about special navigation rules on rivers, river currents, how to read a river, using locks, and how to communicate with lock masters and bridge tenders. Contact Jim West at phnx789@msn.com to register.
n June 18 -- Mastering the Rules of the Road. The rules on water are different than the ones on land. The seminar helps people understand who has right of way, how to avoid a collision, vessel responsibilities, restricted visibility, sound signals, lights and shapes on vessels, distress signals and more. Contact Jim West at phnx789@msn.com to register.
The squadron also is beginning a basic boating class called "America's Boating Course" starting July 15. The class runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for six Monday evenings in a row and it covers all the subjects required for the Washington State Boaters' Education card. Go to www.parks.wa.gov/boating/boatered/ for details about who must have the card.
It will be held in the conference room at Cabela's at 9810 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. Cost is $50 for the first family member and $17 for each additional member of the household who is sharing the materials.
To register or for questions, please contact Jim West at phnx789@msn.com.
More information, go to the group's website at www.usps.org/localusps/everett/.
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