It's only two more months until sailing season warms up again, but winter still has plenty to offer armchair sailors with boats in storage, as well as active frost-biters and those who have taken their shows to the warmer climes of Florida or the Caribbean islands.
Interesting and informative seminars, lectures and learning opportunities abound.
Among the many choices still to come, several local chandleries are offering or continuing their series of special events and winter seminars for shore-bound sailors in the coming weeks.
At Fawcett Boat Supplies on City Dock in Annapolis, the weekly Tuesday evening series is continuing into April with February presentations from Harken, Ancor and Schaefer.
The West Marine store in the Hillsmere Shopping Center on Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, is offering more in its Thursday evening series of informative seminars.
John Potter of Ocean Outfitters will be on hand for three weeks running to discuss safe storage of propane, 12-volt system upgrading and solar panels and inverters, and Paul Barielle of Better Boat Company will explain the advantages of electronics
integration later this month.
And the BOAT/US store in Glen Burnie, in the shopping center next to the Motor Vehicle Administration at Route 2 and Ordnance Road, is starting its winter series of seminars and special events Feb. 20.
It will have all-day availability of factory representatives from Micrologic electronics, Interphase depth sounders and GPS, Richie compasses, Onan generators and Star Brite cleaners.
For seminar reservations or more information on a store's schedule of seminars and special events, call Fawcett's, (410) 267-8681 or West Marine, (410) 268-0129.
All seminars and special events at each of the stores are open to the public and free of charge.
Fawcett's seminar schedule
Tuesday, 5 p.m. -- Harken Furlers, Travelers, Blocks; Tripp Estabrook, factory rep.
Feb. 16, 5 p.m. -- Ancor Wiring, Meguires Polishes & Cleaners; Kevin Williams, factory rep.
Feb. 23, 5 p.m. -- Schaefer Sailboat Hardware; Dick Purdy, factory rep.
March 2, 5:30 p.m. -- Hubbell A.C. Wiring Devices; David Bragg, factory rep.
West Marine seminar schedule
Tomorrow, 7 p.m. -- Propane Aboard -- How to Make it Safe; John Potter, Ocean Outfitters.
Feb. 11, 7 p.m. -- Upgrading Your 12-Volt System; John Potter, Ocean Outfitters.
Feb. 18, 7 p.m. -- Solar Panels & Inverters; John Potter, Ocean Outfitters.
Feb. 25, 7 p.m. -- Electronics Integration -- What Do I Gain?; Paul Barielle, Better Boat Company.
BOAT/US special event schedule
Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Representatives on hand from Micrologic, Interphase, Richie Compass, Onan Generators, Star Brite Cleaners. Free refreshments.
Feb. 23, 5 p.m. -- Bottom Paint Seminar; reps from Woolsey, Pettit, Interlux.
March 5, 7 p.m. -- GPS Seminar; reps from Garmin.
March 27, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Reps from Panasonic, Hummingbird, Richie, New England Ropes, Forespar and Titan winch handles. Annual Wine & Cheese Buffet, noon.
Changes at Shore Sails
A recent stock transfer has made two Annapolis men the majority owners of the Shore Sails Annapolis loft after six months of successful operation under their management.
Kevin Ryman, who has been affiliated with Shore Sails for eight years, has served as general manager for the new Shore Annapolis loft since its opening last summer. He is now chief operating officer of Shore Annapolis.
Jeff Reidle, who has been serving as production manager for Shore Annapolis, will continue in that capacity while adding the responsibilities of vice president in the company.
He and Ryman also will maintain their sales and service responsibilities.
Shore Sails Annapolis is a full-service loft providing custom-built racing and cruising sails and custom canvas work.
Services also include sail repair, complete rigging, and sail and canvas cleaning.
The loft is on the upper level of a Spa Creek-front building in the Yacht Haven complex at 326 First St. in Annapolis.