NEWS & NOTES
In July, Active Interest Media’s Marine Group (parent company to PassageMaker) launched a new endeavor called Boaters University, an online platform for continuing boating education. Based on the tremendous success of TrawlerFest seminars over the years, Boaters University will bring the same expert knowledge and resources to you, but on your schedule and at a pace that suits you. Debuting with an in-depth, 11-segment series on marine diesel engine maintenance and troubleshooting, this first series is designed to convey the mechanical know-how that students need to venture past the sight of land or to destinations beyond the range of SeaTow. This coming year we will introduce additional courses, with classes on Boat Handling and Docking, First Aid, Navigation, Weather, and much more.
Find out more: boatersuniversity.com
KNOT WAFFLEN’ IN ALASKA
We recently had the pleasure of joining Aspen Power Catamarans’ owner, Larry Graf, aboard the recently launched Knot Wafflen’ in Juneau, Alaska. While Alaska isn’t officially part of the 40-foot powercat’s 10,000 Mile Tour, owners David and Sue Ellen Jenkins rightfully headed north when they took delivery of the boat in order to check the Inside Passage off their cruising bucket list. As part of the joint venture between the Jenkins and Aspen, Larry is able to get press aboard the boat in various locations en route. For three days we explored the Tracey Arm Fjord and Lynn Channel up to Skagway, Alaska. We had unusually snotty weather for the summer months while we cruised but it allowed us to really see how the Aspen 40 could perform in rough conditions, and we were impressed, having sailed through sustained 30-40 knot winds with significant 6- to 7-foot waves with ease, even with boat speed in the high teens. Taking advantage of the cat’s friendly accommodations, the boat was comfortable with four relative strangers aboard, and provided a solid cruising platform for the entire trip. We look forward to catching up with Knot Wafflen’ farther along on her tour that will ultimately end in Annapolis, Maryland, sometime next year. For more on our adventures in Alaska, check out passagemaker.com.