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This year’s diesel engine seminar promises to be the best we’ve ever presented at a Florida TrawlerFest because of our new partnership with Whiticar Boat Works of Stuart. “Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines” runs over two days, Feb. 28 and March 1.


Well known as an author, Calder is PassageMaker’s technical editor, and Zimmerman writes the magazine’s “Troubleshooter” column. Both men are real-deal cruisers, who bring wit as well as wisdom to the seminar.

Calder is author of six books, including Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Marine Diesel Engines, Refrigeration for Pleasureboats, The Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean, and Cuba: A Cruising Guide. Zimmerman, a long-time friend of the magazine, is president of Zimmerman Marine, which operates four boatyards, in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, specializing in repairs, refits and maintenance. He has been repairing and building boats for almost four decades.

Calder himself will lead attendees in electrical troubleshooting using multimeters and training aids that he has developed especially for the class. The program will conclude with a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

The class is limited to 36 attendees and has almost always sold out. The $495 fee includes lunch both days and a graduation party at the end of Day Two (spouses invited). Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion, which may help get them lower boat insurances rates.

Source: passagemaker.com