2021 Salty Dawg Webinar Recordings

For 2021 we have planned an exciting and informative webinar series, with new speakers, new topics, many of our popular speakers from years past, and a perfect mix of technical webinars by industry experts, as well as informative webinars by seasoned sailors. All webinars are free for Salty Dawg members, but you must register. Non-members can register for a nominal fee.

We have grouped our webinars into several series. The first is "Winter Series Part 1." Members can register for all webinars in a group with one easy registration. Remember, these webinars are free for Salty Dawg members. Just another perk of membership.

Each webinar is an amazing value. Doing all of them is a super investment in your blue water knowledge.

The link below provides the topic and schedule for each webinar, along with the Group that each is in (Winter Series Part 1, Winter Series Part II, Summer Series Part I and Summer Series Part II).

The cost for non-members is $25 per group (i.e. Winter Series Part I) or $12 per individual webinar. Please note that the cost for the 4 upcoming groups is $100, but membership in SDSA is just $75! Membership has its perks.

All times are Eastern Time.

Winter Webinar Series – Part II (March 2 to March 30)

March 2-30, 2021
Recordings of the Entire Winter Webinar Series - Part II

Register for All

  • Free for Salty Dawg Members
  • Non-Members pay $25 for all in this group.

Recording of Refit/Restore an Older Boat: Part I – Above Decks

Rigging, mast, boom, furling, winches, arch, davits, wind, solar and more.  What to look for in a used boat. Typical projects, lead time, budget, things to be careful of, DIY or contract.

Steve Madden, M-Yachts Services


The Cruiser’s Medical Kit

Recommended contents of a cruisers medical kit. Training, prescription drugs and other medications to consider, crew questions, pre-travel visit to your healthcare professionals, insurance types, resources before departure and from afar, predeparture checklist, accident and injury avoidance, recommended first-aid guides. (Pre-recorded; watch at your leisure, ask questions in ‘Ask the Experts’ session.)

Jo Barnes, long time cruiser and Ocean Class sailor, s/v Starburst


Recording of Weather Models 101

What are weather models? How they are created, and assumptions that are made.  Degree of uncertainty. How they should be used.  Major weather features and how they are portrayed on models. My favorite models and their limitations. 

Nick Olson, PredictWind

Basic Diesel Maintenance: Keeping Her Humming

Review of basic maintenance procedures on a diesel engine, diagnostic of common engine problems, recommended spares, and focus on becoming comfortable in doing basic maintenance functions. (Pre-recorded; watch at your leisure, ask questions in ‘Ask the Experts’ session.). 

Russ Owen, s/v Nexus, Salty Dawg World Class sailor 
Recording Recording of Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Special tools you should have aboard.  Helpful little things to have on your cruising boat - things to save you time, do a job better, facilitate boat maintenance, and help in emergencies. And, and some cool galley thoughts as well. Hank & Seale have compiled some of their tried-and-true things from 200,000 miles of sailing, and have pulled in favorites from many other seasoned Dawgs. You'll be taking notes!

Seale and Hank George, World Class Sailors,
Salty Dawg President

Recording of Becoming a Successful Cruising Couple

A discussion on the steps to take to  get both to the stage of being competent sailors, how projects are handled, workable watch schedules, boat setup and handling considerations (approaches they have devised from sails to docking) , lessons learned on managing crew dynamics, keeping entertained and questions from the participants.

Lisa McKerracher and Pierre Caouette, s/v BiotrekSalty Dawg World Class sailors 

Recording of Choosing Your Cruising Multihull

Noted multihull designer Gino Morrelli of Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering will share thoughts on key features of performance cruising multihulls to look for, and what that tells you about the designer’s intent – speed, ability to sail to windward, comfort in a seaway, stability, light-air performance, payload, comfort at anchorage, storage space, etc. All boats are a result of compromise – you need to decide what is important to you in a cruising multihull.

Gino Morrelli, Morrelli & Melvin

Recording of Our Favorite Dinghy

Hank will pose questions on preferred makes and models of dinghies and outboards, key features, things to avoid, nice additions like chaps, seats, and storage, where stowed when offshore, security, and more.  All important considerations for the “Family Car.”

Panel Discussion, moderated by Hank George, SDSA President; Panel: Jo Barnes, Brian Stork, Barbara & Ted Owen – Salty Dawg World Class and Ocean Class sailors

Recording of Transition from Coastal Cruising to Extended Time Aboard

Being aboard for a few weeks on a summer vacation or weekend sailing is much different than being aboard, covering distances and living on the hook for months at a time.  Making the boat a home, keeping comfortable underway and being sure that you are prepared to deal with gear issues that inevitably crop up. It has been said that being aboard for a year puts as much wear and tear on a boat as a decade of weekend cruising.   This discussion will dive into the changes that can be made to ensure the most rewarding time aboard.

Bob Osborn, s/v Pandora

Recording of Sails: the Fundamentals

Sail fundamentals (materials, terms, loads); sail repair basics and common causes of problems; self-inspection before going offshore; observations while underway.

Jamie and Behan Gifford (Sailing Totem)

Recording of Q&A Session, Ask the Experts

Pose a question on prerecorded webinars, other webinars in this series, or other sailing-related question you’d liked addressed.



Winter Webinar Series – Part I (Jan 21 to Feb 23)

Jan. 21 to
Feb. 23, 2021
Recordings of 
Entire Winter Webinar Series - Part I

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Free for Salty Dawg Members

Non-Members pay $25 for all in this group.

FREE Webinar
January 21, 2021

Recording of Cruising the Lesser Antilles
Learn more about what cruising the Islands from Antigua to Grenada has to offer. Bob, SDSA board member and Port Captain for Antigua, will share thoughts on what a season cruising this region might look like. He will highlight must-see events and top places to visit in the Windward and Leeward islands.

Bob Osborn
SDSA Antigua Port Officer
Ocean Class Sailor
FREE Webinar
January 26, 2021
Recording of How is a Salty Dawg Rally Different?
SDSA Board Member and Rally Director, Sheldon, will share information on how we run our rallies, what features are provided, why they appeal to old salts as well as those new to blue water sailing, and how these are different from most folk’s perception of a “rally.” The Salty Dawg Fall Rally is the most popular rally on the east coast of the US, by far.
Sheldon Stuchell,
SDSA Director of
Rally Management and
Ocean Class Sailor
January 28, 2021
Recording of A Recommended Path for Developing Blue Water Skills

This webinar discusses the Salty Dawg guidance paper on this subject, providing the collective wisdom of experienced Salty Dawgs on how one might go from little to no sailing experience, all the way to being comfortable in the world of offshore sailing. The guidance is designed to allow anyone to enter at their current level of experience, and will describe a variety of experiences and pathways that are available. These will include discussions of particular classes, passagemaking and experience opportunities, webinars, and reference materials that are designed specifically to help you to achieve your blue water sailing goals.

Bennett Kashdan,
SDSA Director and
World Class Sailor

Hank George,
SDSA President and
World Class Sailor

Feb. 2, 2021
Recording of Choosing Your
Blue Water Yacht – Monohulls
How can you evaluate blue water and long-term cruising capabilities of boats you are considering? This webinar aims to help that decision process using generally accepted design parameters, ratios, and other qualitative factors that are most important to you. Noted naval architect Bob Perry will cover these questions in this most informative webinar.
Bob Perry,
Yacht Designer,
world renowned
Feb. 4, 2021
Recording of The Sailboat Purchase Process
Purchasing a blue water boat is a sizeable financial transaction, and it needs to be done properly. The quality and condition of the vessel must be confirmed, and the funds transferred properly to protect you, the buyer. Issues of survey process, selecting a quality surveyor, buying from a private seller, using a buyer’s broker, negotiation, contract process, protecting funds, custom’s duty, shipment, and taking delivery are some of the topics to be considered.
Josh McLean,
David Walters Yachts
Feb. 9, 2021
Recording of Selecting Your Blue Water Sail Inventory
Taking your boat offshore is very different than coastal cruising. Which sails should you have and the priorities of a limited budget. Today’s sails are made from a bewildering array of fabrics and it is important to choose the cut of the sail and materials to ensure long life and performance, especially in the conditions that you are likely to encounter on passage. Dave will demystify the process of choosing the right sails.
Dave Flynn,
Quantum Sails
Feb. 11, 2021
Recording of Satellite Communications at Sea
Staying in touch is more important than ever and is changing every year. E-mail, Internet, Weather data, GRIB files, TV. Learn about the latest satellite technology available, how it can keep you safe and in touch wherever you go, and the newest technology available.
Jeff Thomassen,
Pre-recorded Recording of Outfitting Your Boat for Offshore Passages
Pre-recorded and a must-see; watch at your leisure. Russ Owen is a Salty Dawg World Class sailor and circumnavigator. He covers essential systems and upgrades for safety and convenience for ocean passage making. From batteries, charging options, inverter hints, anchoring choices, Watermakers, dinghies, and much more…
Russ Owen,
World Class Sailor
Feb. 18, 2021
Recording of Rigging Fundamentals
Moving beyond a credit card solution:
1. Rigging basics: materials, terms, loads, tune
2. Common rigging faults and how to find them.
3. Pre-passage inspection
Behan and Jamie Gifford,
Sailing Totem
Feb. 23, 2021
Recording of  Ask the Experts, Q&A Session
This interactive session will permit you to ask further questions related to the topics covered in the webinars in this segment, as well as other cruising related topics. A panel of experts will be available for this session.
Russ Owen, Bob Osborn and Jo Barnes;
moderated by Hank George