USPS @ Minuteman Community Education, Winter 2016

Minuteman Community Education
758 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421
Telephone: 781.861.7150,  Fax: 781.863.1747

USPS Engine Maintenance

Instructor: Charles River Sail & Power Squadron

The new Engine Maintenance course, offered by the United States Power Squadron (USPS), stresses the diagnosis of modern systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation. Gasoline inboards, outboards, and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work, both for marine and non-marine applications. Most of these systems are “black boxes” that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The EM course covers those repairs that doit-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed.
The instructor, Jack Rodewald, has more than 25 years of experience dealing with all types and sizes of engines and will customize the course to meet the specific needs of each of his students.
The course will meet once per week for 10 weeks and is open to both USPS members and non-members alike.

8 Mon, Starts Feb 1, 7-9pm | USPS Members: $100; Non-Members: $130

USPS Weather Course

Instructors: Charles River Sail & Power Squadron

The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. In this course, students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere.
The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet. This is a general weather course benefiting those sitting in their living rooms, as well as standing at the helm of a boat.
Each student receives:
• a Weather Manual – USPS Weather – an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters;
• a set of three Daily Weather Maps – learning aids with a complete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills; and
• a Quick Guide to On-Board Weather forecasting – this laminated Quick Guide presents 14 color panels of authoritative, concise information on on-board weather forecasting, designed for quick reference.

10 Mon, Starts Jan 11, 7-9pm | USPS Members: $100; Non-Members: $130

USPS Electronic Navigation

Instructor: Charles River Sail & Power Squadron

Overwhelmed by all those functions on your GPS or chart plotter? Want to use your tablet or smartphone to help you navigate on your boat? Interested in using a desktop computer program to plan your cruise and then copy that information to your GPS? This course covers the topics you need and want to know.
What’s Included?
• Navigating by establishing waypoints and routes
• Running the planned courses
• Electronic charting software for the desktop computer
• Tablet and smartphone apps that provide the electronic navigation function at the helm
• Hands-on exercises on a PC that simulates GPS functions
• Using charting software and a chart plotter emulator
• Overview of the Automatic Identification System (AIS)

10 Tues, Starts Jan 19, 7-9pm | USPS Members: $100; Non-Members: $130

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