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Re: Looking for marine systems training school

Key West Community College has an excellent 2 year marine systems program
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Re: Looking for marine systems training school

[QUOTE=eherlihy;956759]Uh... I am not discounting the value of attending an ABYC certified course, but I don't put all my faith behind the ABYC designation.

I had also enrolled in, and attended, a two-day ABYC seminar in Marine Electronics. Come to think of it, I got a certificate too! QUOTE]

Big difference between a Certification Course and a certificate of attendance at a seminar. The nice thing about the ABYC courses is that you don't have to commit to a long semester or a year. You can take the courses individually. I've been taking them for years and found them all very worthwhile.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS :- I Was at a lecture in Liverpool John Moors University Yesterday Monday about the effects of Electrical sytems Failure on Marine Platforms. Even if you get the correct certtifcation and time in on your subject matter there are no garrentees that the systems are compatable and will work acorrdingly (gas tanker had upgrade and was unusable for Five Days BIG CERRCHING) the lecture was given by a Lloyds Register Group His final question was Would yoiu get on a plane knowing the systems upgrade has just been done ? FOOD FOR THORUGHT AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
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Re: Looking for marine systems training school

I took a one day diesel course at Mass Maritime. Students paired up and took apart and put back together a Westerbke diesal. They also offer a few other "continuing ed" type courses. It was pretty cool, but I think a trouble shooting and repair class would have been better. I am also looking at Annapolis School of Seamanship. They look like they have a pretty good curriculum of short term courses. Has anyone taken a course there before?

As for the discussion about do it yourself work or taking a course, I know for myself I need both. If I don't go out and work with what I've learned, I forget a lot of it. For me the doing reinforces the learning.

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Re: Looking for marine systems training school

Had a great experience with the Mack Boring 1-day class - they did a custom version here at the Naval Academy specifically for the Yanmar 4JH that was installed in the new Navy 44 sailboats. Frankly we got just as much value from the mechanic in Oriental NC who did the 1,000 hour service on the Yanmar on our own boat, and encouraged us to look over his shoulders and take notes while he did the work. I'd offer his name, PM me if you want, but he's a long way from Ithaca, NY.

Funny side note: after I wrote my blog post on learning to rebuild the carburetor on our outboard (Life Afloat Archives: Pink Jobs and Blue Jobs) I've been getting pop-up ads for "Marine Mechanics" schools. Gotta clean out my cookies!
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Re: Looking for marine systems training school

It's a world away from you but the Fla. Key's Comm. College has a bunch courses from small engine repair, fiber glass, and boat survey, rigging, scuba etc.
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This is why I honestly believe that the OP would be better off with buying a cheap boat, participating here, and studying the excellent Maine Sail "How To" Articles.
Thanks I appreciate that, and that is often how I've done it, but I find that being self taught can take much longer than a headlong plunge into a program or apprenticeship. Can you provide a link to the Maine sail "how to". Was this what you were referring to ?

The Landing does have a great rep. but it's almost twice as long and twice as expensive as IYRS- anybody out there have first (or second) hand experience with IYRS?

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Maine Sail's "How To" Articles
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Thanks Chuckles, once again you're a big help.
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Thanks I appreciate that, and that is often how I've done it, but I find that being self taught can take much longer than a headlong plunge into a program or apprenticeship. Can you provide a link to the Maine sail "how to". Was this what you were referring to ?

The Landing does have a great rep. but it's almost twice as long and twice as expensive as IYRS- anybody out there have first (or second) hand experience with IYRS?
That link is to my forum Musings With Maine Sail and a lot of my stuff is there.

There is also my free "How To" web site here: Compass Marine How To
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