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. 

Education Programs

American Boat & Yacht Council

The ABYC is a non-profit organization which sets standards for pleasure boats in the US and provides certification for marine technicians. Nigel has been a long term member of the ABYC's electrical standards committee.

We are in close contact with the ABYC to make sure our courses are standards compliant. If you want to get ABYC certified, check out their certification programs!

Marine How To

Marine How To was founded by Rod Collins, an independent ABYC Certified Marine Electrical Systems Specialist. Rod offers free, in-depth 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.

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.

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 also recorded a guest lecture on short handed sailing that you can find on our YouTube channel

Lin Pardey

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.

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.

SHIPSHAPE.Pro is a database for marine professionals in the US. The platform is the brainchild of Merrill Charette and Talha Bhatty, two enterprising liveaboards who want to provide all stakeholders of the marine industry with their very own online marketplace.

Part of the project is a podcast featuring interviews with people in the industry. Make sure to also check out the episode with Nigel!

Media Partners

Waterway Guide

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. 

float Magazin

The German magazine float covers every aspect of living on or around the water.

Jan writes as technical expert for boat systems for float.