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Nigel, Jan & Michael
We are passionate about technical systems on boats since the 1970s (at least two of us) and we have a mission:
We offer the internet's most profound knowledge on boat mechanics and electrics.
Stay tuned for the release of our online courses and guides to give you the practical skills to fix everything on your boat on your own!
Check Out Our Latest Articles & Videos
Listen to Nigel as he talks about the amazing advancements in technology in recent years and how they will affect our lifestyle on board.
Listen to Nigel Calder’s take on lithium-ion batteries on boats in a radio interview in Bob’s No Wake Zone.
Cranking cables on boats are the only conductors that are not required to have a fuse or circuit breaker, according to ISO and ABYC standards. Hear Nigel Calder’s view on this and why he would still recommend to put an (oversized) fuse in the cable to the starter motor of your diesel engine.
Friends & Partners
In this section we recommend noteworthy online programs and resources.
These are not paid ads. We recommend them because we like what they do.
Mahina Offshore Services
John Neal is one of the most experienced offshore sailors in the world. He offers consultation, online sail training and expedition voyages to remote places.
We think that his seminars and trainings are a good addition to what we are teaching in our courses.
John Neal also recorded a lesson on short handed sailing that we included as a bonus to our marine electrics programs.
Together with her husband Larry, Lin Pardey has influenced thousands of cruisers with their books on low-budget cruising. Jan was one of them. So if you see it this way, without Lin there would be no BoatHowTo.
Lin just released her new "Storytelling for Sailors" online course.
Skagit Valley College Marine Technology program
Mike Beemer runs the SVC Marine Technology Program, offering students great opportunities in the maritime trade. Mike also runs the SVC Skallywags YouTube channel about boat tech. If you are thinking about a career in marine technology, the SVC program would be a great start.
We work together with Mike on creating online learning content for both BoatHowTo as well as the Skagit Valley College.
Marine How To
Marine How To was founded by Rod Collins, an independent ABYC Certified Marine Electrical Systems Specialist. Rod offers free, in-depths articles and advice on boat systems. One of the most accurate sources of information on the internet that we know of.
Rod also runs a Facebook group on Boat Electrical Systems that offers a great platform for discussions.
Pacific Yacht Systems
Founded by Jeff Cote, Pacific Yacht Systems focuses on consulting and installations of electrical systems around the Pacific Northwest.
Jeff and his team have put together a very successful YouTube channel where they ask questions about systems installation.
Pacific Yacht Systems uses BoatHowTo courses as training material for their team.
Consulting & Supplies
Ocean Planet Energy
Founded by former Vendee Globe competitor Bruce Schwab, Ocean Planet Energy focuses on planning and installation of complex electrical installations on modern offshore boats. Nigel is also part of the OPE team. OPE uses our BoatHowTo courses as part of their training program for new staff.
If you need help planning a complex system, we highly recommend Bruce and his team. But we also suggest taking our courses first, as this will greatly speed up the planning process and facilitate communication.
Jan's online shop for electrical equipment on boats. If you need supplies for an update of your boat's electrical system (and live in Europe), you should check out Klabauter-Shop.
Jan and his team will help you with any questions and make sure you get quality components for a fair price.
Waterway Guide publishes a series of cruising guides, mobile apps and online resources for boaters.
We contribute to the Waterway Guide's Knowledge Center and their newsletter.
Professional Boatbuilder Magazine
Professional Boatbuilder is the leading publication for the American boatbuilding industry.
Nigel is a frequent author in Professional Boatbuilder Magazine.
The German magazine "float" covers every aspect of living on or around the water.
Jan is the expert for boat systems for the German magazine "float"