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 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 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 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 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 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

More information, go to the group’s website at

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