Fall   2017 schedule of Maritime Workshops:

DC Electrical for Vessels, in Kodiak. October 20-21 (Friday and Saturday) 9:00AM-4:00PM including a 1-hr break for lunch (bring your own). This $150 workshop only costs you $55, due to a generous donation to the college. Register here.

Maintaining Your Outboard, in Kodiak. October 27-28 (Friday and Saturday) 8:00AM-5:00PM including a 1-hr break for lunch (bring your own).  This $200 workshop only costs you $75 due to a generous donation to the college.  Register here.

Troubleshooting Gauges, in Kodiak.  November 4 (Saturday) 12:30PM-4:30PM.  This $50 workshops only cost you $25 due to a generous donation to the college. Register here.

Vessel System Overview, in Larsen Bay. November 9-10 (Thursday and Friday).  Call Heather Bogardus at Larsen Bay School for information and registration: 907.847.2252. Vessel System Overview is an expanded version of From Stem to Stern (see workshop descriptions below) with elements of Preventative Maintenance for the Engine Room included. 

Description of Workshops:

 DC Electrical for Vessels (An Introductory Workshop)

This is a 12-hour workshop for all beginners -women and men- who want to learn basic theory and practices of direct current electricity aboard vessels.  Practice crimping wires, assemble a circuit of common vessel components, use a multi-meter to test your circuit, apply basic safety standards, read and draw an electrical diagram, learn and use the power equation, plus more.  If you own a boat or wish you did, if you go fishing, if you'd like to know what makes a float-switch work, if you have casual interest in electricity, or if you're exploring the career of Marine Technician, this workshop is for you.  No testing, just learning.

Maintaining Your Outboard

This is a two day (16-hour) workshop covering theory and hands-on maintenance of 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard engines of 25-horsepower and larger. Classroom instruction is organized by the three major components of an outboard: power-heard, mid-section, and the lower unit. Hands-on practice in the lab follows each section that is covered in the classroom. Topics include machinery of each component, compression tests, changing sparkplugs, oil changes, trouble shooting, parts replacement, the importance of maintenance, winterizing, and more. This class is for set-netters, sports fishing enthusiasts, owners of commercial fishing vessels, non-boaters, those wishing to explore a career in outboard maintenance, and any other interested party. If this description caught your eye, this workshop is for you!

Troubleshooting Gauges

Are you having trouble with gauges on your boat? Does your start circuit sometimes fail? Do you wish you knew more about gauge function? Are you sure your engine sending units are working properly?
This 4-hour hands-on workshop combines electrical theory, a test light, and a volt-meter to
troubleshoot vessel gauges and other critical circuits. Learn how sending units, fuses, grounding wires and terminal connections can cause faulty gauge readings and even keep your engine from starting. Taught by local professional Corey Pedersen.

Preventative Maintenance and Other Skills for the Engine Room

Extend the life of your main engine and other equipment with the essential practices taught in this 6-hour workshop. Topics include preventing water and algae in fuel, choosing filter micron size, avoiding dangers to diesel injectors, pre-start engine room checks, dos and don'ts of cold starting, oil additives, choosing and maintaining quality coolant, sea chest facts, maintaining pumps in the engine room, understanding your marine gear, critical checks underway, protecting your engine room's wiring, and back up plans.  Taught by local professional Corey Pedersen. This workshop emphasizes the concerns of commercial fishing vessels, however all interested parties are welcome. No experience necessary, no testing, just learning. 

From Stem To Stern - Examining the Machinery of Vessel Systems

This 6-hour workshop focuses on the primary components of vessel function. Helm and rudder, engine controls and adjustments, shafts and bearings, water cooling systems, and bilge pumps, and just a few of the topics covered.  Get a thorough overview of vessel systems with a functioning, interactive display in the classroom. Hands-on exercises are combined with theory and discussions in this introductory workshop.  Taught by local professional Corey Pedersen, this workshop is aimed at vessel owners and crew, though all are welcome. No experience required.

Gill Net Construction

Subsistence fishing can fill your freezer and feed your family quickly. Get the true Alaskan experience by catching fish with a net you have built yourself!  In this workshop you will construct your own gill-net from start to finish under the direction of master net-maker Shelly Eagle. The first class session will detail the supplies you'll need to purchase on your own. Plan ahead! You can expect to spend about $500 on this investment so you may want to get a partner or two. Well-cared for gill-nets can last 20 years, and that represents a lot of food in the freezer! From lead-line to float-line, and for all the web in between, you will enjoy the friendly pace of this workshop which meets one night a week, three hours each meeting. In 8 weeks, your net will be ready to fish! 

Net Mending

Name your fishery and if it involves a net, this workshop will show you how to repair that net. From patching a small hole to replacing a panel, learn how to do-it-yourself in this 6-hr workshop. Techniques to mend gill-net, trawl, seine, and subsistence web will be taught by local net expert Shelly Eagle.  Shelly has over 30-years professional experience hanging and repairing nets of all kinds. All materials necessary for the workshop will be provided with your registration fee. No experience necessary.

Knots Online

This 8-week class is exclusively for high school students of the Kodiak Island region including area villages, ages 14 and up. Each week the individual student will log into the online at a time that fits their school schedule, and watch the online instructor tie a knot.  For their assignment each student posts a video of themselves tying the same knot. In this way students learn the knots that are commonly used in fishing and maritime work.  While they’re at it they gain other skills necessary for success in online learning. Contact the Maritime department for further details.

 Call 907.486.1239 to give your input on dates and times! When do you want to learn?