Last week the Service Department wrapped up the 2011 Hatteras Owner’s School on Wednesday the 13th. In attendance were 24 owners and captains, as well as 9 vendors, and we’ve already received a lot of great feedback on the event.
During the 3 day course at the Jarrett Bay Marine Park in Beaufort, attendees plied deeply into the mechanical, electrical & cosmetic details of their new & classic Hatteras Yachts. Jarrett Bay Project Manager Roger Wetherington heads up the program each year, and shares his decades of intimate Hatteras knowledge & expert advice with participants.
The curriculum kicked off by reviewing each owner’s yacht diagram, followed by sessions on electrical power systems, tools & supplies, drive train systems, air conditioning & window frames.
Diving deeper into mechanicals on Day 2, participants learned about engine maintenance, troubleshooting & repowers before moving on to a host of auxiliary systems; generators, stabilizers, bow thrusters, fuel & oil systems, water makers, water & sewage systems, fire suppression, & interior design.
In the afternoon of Day 2, the group took a trip to nearby New Bern, NC to visit the Hatteras Plant and experience firsthand where their treasured yachts originated. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Hatteras conducted a tour of the plant & talked about new techniques that can be incorporated in their vintage boats as well. Participants were able to get a glimpse at the new Hatteras line while still under construction, and then pay a visit to their on-site gift shop.
The last segment of training focused on maintenance and repair, including fiberglass repair, caulking & adhesives, bottom paint and interior finish & repair.
Throughout the packed schedule, participants also had opportunities to meet with parts & equipment vendors to discuss their areas of expertise, and gain great advice from all. Participating vendors included, Covington Power Services, Engines1, Gregory Poole CAT, Sea Vision, Bosch, Bluewater Supply, Headhunter, Sea Recovery, Cummins Onan, Crystal Coast Interiors, Paxton Co., Pettit Paints, Bircher Inc., Lewis Marine & Sam’s Marine.
With such a great turn out year after year our course instructor, Roger Wetherington, will soon be announcing the dates for the 2012 edition. So please stay tuned!