NEWS & NOTES

Passage Maker - - Contents - By BRIAN K. LIND

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.

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