This introductory course assumes no previous knowledge of drafting. The student will learn basic mechanical drafting techniques and practices. Instruction will be given in using a scale rule, drawing instruments, applied geometry, third angle projection, auxiliary views, dimensioning and related areas. The area of marine drafting will include techniques and practices to include lines plans and reading construction drawings.
Construction of shop projects will be used for instruction in the use of hand tools, power tools, and their maintenance. Various boat construction methods, basic hull materials, hull shapes, and shop management will be discussed. There will be an emphasis on improved wood working skills, terminology, and tool maintenance.
This course teaches basic electrical theory as it applies to DC and AC circuits and equipment found in typical marine applications. Theory, maintenance, troubleshooting and field repairs for components (batteries, starters, alternators, etc) from the battery through to the main distribution panel are covered. Heavy emphasis will be placed on mastering the multimeter as a diagnostic tool in troubleshooting electrical problems.
This course covers those engine systems that are unique to gas engines – the theory of operation, troubleshooting, and repair of gas fuel systems including present day computer managed engines. Gasoline engine ignition systems from point/condenser to present distributor-less models are explained.
This course covers those engine systems that are unique to diesel engines the theory of operation, troubleshooting, and repair of diesel systems including high-pressure fuel injection systems and air intake pressure boosting systems common or unique to diesel engines and present day computer managed engines.
This is a hands-on course in piloting a boat from the mooring to the dock and securing to the dock focusing on water safety, proper towing techniques, and basic marlinespike seamanship. It will also include the safe start up and shut down procedures for outboard, gas and diesel engines. Hauling a boat with a hydraulic trailer, sling lift and proper cradling/use of boat stands will also be covered. This course may lead to certification of marine sling lift operation.
In this course, the students will gain experience in using ABYC standards for proper engineering and installation of the systems needed in today's fleet. Topics will include potable and non-potable water systems, sanitation systems, and engine systems. Basic repair and winterization will also be covered.
Students will be instructed on various methods of determining condition of hull, including metal components. During the course, various boats will be surveyed, damage documented and repair techniques suggested. Cost estimates and project management topics will also be studied.
Students will be instructed in the repair and restoration of both wood and composite boats. Many of the skills learned in Hull Survey will be applied. The actual projects will vary according to our inventory of boats and the work to be done.
This course will cover installation of common propulsion/drive train configurations. Students will get an overview of proper service and basic maintenance of the above. This is a lab-orientated course designed to provide hands-on experience through actual engine/drive train installation using live projects or mock-ups.
This introductory course will cover surface preparation of wood and fiberglass surfaces on boats above and below the waterline. Application of primers, top coats, varnishes and bottom paints will be covered. Adhesives and abrasives will be discussed as well as sealants used in the marine industry.