SDMC Webinar Lecture Series

“Steve, I thought the webinar, and your producer, were extraordinary in conveying easy to understand information about an array of complex subjects. Ditto your answers what I thought were challenging questions.  You’ve outdone yourself.  Fabulous idea to do these.  Can’t wait for the next one.”

-Linda Bialecki & Douglas Klassen

Learn from the Comfort of Your Home, Boat, or Office, at Your Convenience

Now you can get the benefit of attending an authoritative lecture, on a range of technical subjects, from common boat building and repair flaws, to diesel fuel system design and installation, from the comfort of your home, boat or office.  The SDMC Webinar Series enables you to virtually attend a 2 hour lecture, without the need to fly, drive or cruise anywhere.  Start and stop the lecture as you like, over the course of the lecture rental period.  Attendees are entitled to pose two questions per lecture, which can be submitted to Steve directly, and they are provided indefinite access to a special electronic folder, filled with related technical articles, please e-mail Katie for access. New subjects are being added monthly.

Once purchased you will be able to access the webinar for 30 days.  Recordings of the live webinars become available for purchase through our Vimeo on Demand.

Viewing any of these webinars enables professional attendees to accumulate two continuing education units (CEUs), for members of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS), National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) and those maintaining American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) marine technician certifications. For proof of attendance, contact us.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Identifying the Most Common New and Used Vessel Construction and Systems Flaws Part I

New builds, repairs and refits provide ample opportunity to do things right, and to follow both ABYC and equipment-manufacturer guidelines and instructions. In many cases, however, that’s not the way it goes.

In this photo-intensive presentation marine industry consultant, and ABYC Master Technician Steve D’Antonio, will share with attendees examples of errors he’s encountered over the course of hundreds of new and used vessel inspections, including running gear, steering, raw water plumbing, electrical, powerplant, rigging and more, with the goal of learning from the mistakes of others. This will not simply be a case of sharing horror stories and photos, each example will identify the flaw, as well as the fix and how the problem could have been avoided.

Rental fee: $95.00

Identifying the Most Common New and Used Vessel Construction and Systems Flaws Part II

New builds, repairs and refits provide ample opportunity to do things right, and to follow both ABYC and equipment-manufacturer guidelines and instructions. In many cases, however, that’s not the way it goes.

In this photo-intensive presentation marine industry consultant, and ABYC Master Technician Steve D’Antonio, will share with attendees examples of errors he’s encountered over the course of hundreds of new and used vessel inspections, including exhaust, LP gas, fuel, potable water and sanitation systems, with the goal of learning from the mistakes of others. This will not simply be a case of sharing horror stories and photos, each example will identify the flaw, as well as the fix and how the problem could have been avoided.

Rental fee: $95.00

Diesel Fuel Systems: Tanks, Plumbing, Filtration and Polishing Explained

Clean fuel, it’s the very lifeblood of any diesel engine, and for that reason its importance must not be taken for granted.  The vast  majority of diesel engine problems can be traced to contaminated fuel, and/or improper or inadequate filtration.  Contaminated fuel not only raises the risk of unexpected engine shut down, it increases the likelihood of damage to fuel injection systems and metallic fuel tanks.  In this photo-intensive presentation you’ll learn about the details of fuel tanks, plumbing, filtration and polishing, from how these systems work, to how to select materials, design and install each for the cleanest fuel, and highest engine reliability.  You’ll discover why all fuel tanks and filtration systems are not created equal, and how to distinguish between poor, adequate and the very best of these components and designs.  Common misperceptions and myths about fuel filtration will also be dispelled and clarified.  Making heavy use of images from hundreds of Steve’s vessel inspections, as well as tens of thousands of miles of remote location cruising, an emphasis will be placed on real-world experience, as well as material selection and American Boat and Yacht Council Standards compliance, along with understanding inspection, design and installation techniques.

Rental fee: $95.00

Aftermarket Installations: Follow Best Practices by Learning from the Worst Examples

After-market installations, including water makers, inverters, cranes, generators, thrusters and diesel heating systems, can make or break a vessel. In this photo-intensive presentation Steve will share with attendees examples, good and bad, he has encountered in his day to day work as a systems consultant, as well as providing guidance on how to best avoid the most common, costly and dangerous errors.

Rental fee: $35.00

How to keep the water out of your cored fiberglass, cabin, hull or deck

A single misplaced or improperly installed canvas snap, through hull or pad eye can insidiously cause tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, and lead to potentially serious structural weakness and failures.
 
When a boat leaves a factory or service yard with improperly closed-out core, where for instance caulk is relied upon to keep water out of core material, it’s a case of the proverbial ticking time bomb, one that will ultimately cost someone, it may be the builder, or the yard, but more often than not the financial burden will be borne by one of the vessel’s owners; someone will pay, and often a lot, either for the repairs or in diminished resale value. The good news, it’s all avoidable.
 
In this webinar, marine industry veteran and consultant Steve D’Antonio will walk attendees through common core-related installation errors, and then explain, using a variety of images, the steps required to avoid and/or correct them. This session is a must for the owner of every fiberglass vessel, as well as anyone engaged in fiberglass boat building, as well as installers of gear such as life rafts, windlasses, seacocks, antennas, tenders, cranes, navigation lights, canvass etc., anytime a saw or drill is taken to cored fiberglass structures, the rules Steve shares will apply.
 

Rental fee: $95.00