John Neal’s 400,000 offshore miles include six Cape Horn roundings plus expeditions to Antarctica, Africa, Australia, and Spitsbergen. Since 1976, John’s passion has been sharing his ocean cruising knowledge through 204 sail training expeditions aboard Mahina Tiare III, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 and various other yachts. John is author, co-author or contributing author of 17 books including Log of the Mahina. When John’s not at sea leading sail-training expeditions he teaches Mahina Offshore Cruising Workshops and offers boat purchase consultation services. Details on mahina.com
How to Buy an Offshore Cruising BoatDiscover the ins and outs of boat buying and insurance in today’s market
Both the new and used boat markets today pose their own challenges. Layer in obtaining boat insurance and the entire purchase process can become overwhelming. If you are thinking of purchasing a boat or even curious where to begin, this online class will give you the fundamental understanding of the boat buying process, things to consider, and what makes a boat right for your sailing style.
Selecting A Boat
Purchasing A Boat
The Ideal Cruising Boat
Intro to Short-Handed SailingLearn short-handed sailing strategies to safely navigate your next voyage
If you are sailing with a smaller crew than usual, typically with just one or two sailors, this class is for you. Short-handed sailing requires a different set of skills and tactics compared to sailing with a full crew. Whether you’re short-handed sailing to challenge your abilities or simply lack available crew members, the procedures taught in this class will set you up for success.
Onboard Safety Ethic
Docking & Anchoring
Worldwide Anchoring TechniquesAnchoring methods to enhance your cruising experience
As you prepare to sail beyond local harbors, anchoring becomes a cruising essential. Anchoring techniques vary due to the local conditions you are facing. Wind direction, sea floor, crowds, and much more, all play a role in what to consider while anchoring. This class will give you the essential anchoring skills to be able to safely and confidently anchor in various parts of the world.
Selecting an Anchorage
How to Anchor
Six Anchoring Techniques