Anchors Aweigh Academy and its Website

Anchors Aweigh Academy’s Popular Diesel Engine Troubleshooting and Repair Workshop
hosted by The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding near Port Townsend, and
co-sponsored by Anchors Aweigh Academy and NOAA‘s Washington Sea Grant.
(Washington Sea Grant is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
National Sea Grant College Program and is based at the University of Washington)

The nonprofit website was initially conceived by the staff at Anchors Aweigh Academy as an online resource that would provide to our own marine survey, shipwright, and on-board systems students such valuable information as the following:

  • The US Codes & US Coast Guard regulations, Transport Canada Codes and IMO, ISO, ABYC & NFPA industry standards for vessel construction, inspection and repair.
  • The sources for boat building plans, tools and equipment.
  • The sources for boat materials & equipment, and their specifications, service tips, recalls, & reviews.
  • The sources for marine publications and other media with reviews.

We quickly realized that much of this information would also benefit students of other schools, as well as boat builders, boat dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, shipwrights, refitters & Repairers, mechanics & Technicians, licensed skippers & crews, commercial fishermen, and recreational boaters around the world — so the website was opened up to everyone as a public service, and the scope of the website content was expanded to include such valuable information as:

Articles about boat inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.

The contact information, profiles and your reviews for:

  • Boat designers.
  • Boat builders.
  • Boat fitters and shipwrights.
  • Boat dealers and yacht brokers.
  • Events like boat shows, sales and auctions.
  • Marine surveyors.
  • Vessel documentation and licensing firms.
  • Marine lenders
  • Insurance companies, agents, and brokers.
  • Vessel transporters over land and sea.
  • Boat haulers and launching ramps
  • Boat moorage and storage.
  • Yacht clubs, sailing clubs, and Boat owner organizations.
  • Boating events and boating destinations with local attractions and accommodations.
  • Boating safety classes.
  • Boating and seamanship training.
  • Captain’s license training and testing.
  • Maritime schools.
  • Marine surveyor schools.
  • Marine engineering schools.
  • Boat building schools.
  • Boat repair schools including engine schools and on-board systems schools.
  • Boat yards, refitters and repair shops.
  • Law Firms practicing Admiralty law, consumer protection and personal injury.
  • Even expert witnesses for marine litigation.

Since 1961, Anchors Aweigh Academy, a small nonprofit research and training center, has been dedicated to the advancement of marine related sciences with a strong emphasis on protecting the Earth’s fragile ecological systems for future generations. The Academy has been offering classes, hands-on workshops, videos, manuals and apprenticeships to shipwrights, marine surveyors, mechanics, and the public. The practical application of this practical knowledge is ultimately everyone’s responsibility. Your part can be as simple as properly operating and maintaining your vessel which besides benefitting the environment, will also make your boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Anchors Aweigh Academy and its dedicated staff, and the website and its self-sacrificing volunteers are working tirelessly to provide this essential knowledge to boat builders, refitters, repair shops and yards, professional mariners, and the boating public at large. We have set out to accomplish this goal by:

  • Using the Academy’s resources and staff, we secured a domain name and a hosting provider, and in 2015 began constructing and testing this website.
  • From our experience as faculty at Anchors Aweigh Academy, we selected the main topics that we thought would be appropriate for inclusion on the website. See Right Sidebar 
  • Then with the help of our past & present students and none-paid volunteers we created what we call “Bare-Bones” or “Skeleton” pages for each of the main topic pages and next started putting some meat on these pages. Sorry, but some of these pages are still pretty lean. Please be patient. We are working as quickly as we can with the manpower and resources that we currently have.
    You can browse these topics under “WEBSITE CONTENTS” on the Right Sidebar
  • From our own resources and from the web, we began publishing directories of marine vendors including: Boat Designers, Builders, Dealers, Brokers, Surveyors, Transporters, Educators, Financiers, Insurers, Agents, Adjusters, Litigators, Refitters and Repairers, and Boat Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, Fitters and Repairers. Well over 5,000 so far.
  • Next, for each of these vendors we created “Skeleton” pages that included their contact information. Then we invited these vendors to fill in their pages by submitting their profiles with pictures. Many of these pages are starting to fill in. These pages also include a place for others to submit reviews and comments about the vendor.
  • As we created product pages for particular models of boat equipment such as engines and marine gears, we included a place for Specifications, Years Manufactured, and links to Tech Tips and Documentation such as Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Drawings, Operator’s Manuals, Parts Lists, Shop Manuals, etc. We have been able to accumulate over 50,000 PDF pages in our Library Archives so far. We are also soliciting detailed reviews of all these products so you can make informed decisions about purchasing, repairing, updating, etc.
  • We have added over 300 Books and 200 Magazine Back-Issues to our Academy Library just during this past year. That’s over 55,000 PDF pages so far and many more coming.
  • Daily, we are adding articles as we receive them from various contributors about operating, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing different pieces of boat equipment as well as articles on all the other topics under Website Contents on the Right Sidebar 

We have realized that the website will never be absolutely finished, but with your continuing support, we will continue to grow as marine technology keeps advancing. The website is definitely the best way to distribute this information. It is far superior to any other medium including books and magazines. The site has grown so much since we started that we have had to move to a bigger, more powerful server to accommodate the increasing bandwidth, CPU, and memory needed. We have done all this so far with only volunteer staff. We would like to afford to have at least a small professional team to help maintain the site and help it grow even faster. But, we oppose having to depend on advertisers to support the site as this would undoubtedly hinder us from providing an unbiased evaluation of their products and services. So we offer you the opportunity to support us financially by becoming an Academy Member, and we reward your support with access to Hundreds of Academy Resources including: Academy members’ Reviews, Articles, Comments and Peer Reviews, Reviews of Vendors, In-Depth Reviews of Boats, Equipment, & Tools, Practical “How-To” Articles from our on-line magazine The ANCHOR, popular and obscure Books, Magazines, & Videos from our Academy Library, Product Documentation including Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Service Manuals & Bulletins, discounted Academy “How-To” Courses about boat construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, our Posting Page for your Classified Ads (that everyone may view), our very popular “Ask An Expert” program AND Much, Much More!*

*But remember, this website is a work in progress. Not all the webpages and programs are fully developed. We are working as fast as we can with the devoted article contributors, generous supporters, and dedicated all-volunteer staff that we are thankful to have. We invite you to join us in this endeavor.

CLICK HERE to Sign-Up at $25 ⇔ CLICK HERE to Sign-Up at $100
CLICK HERE to Gift a Membership

If you wish to donate ‘big bucks’ or property including
vehicles, boats, engines, trailers, tools, books, magazines, videos,
or any other boat equipment for teaching aids or historical preservation,
Email the description to⇒ to arrange.

If there is anything on this webpage that needs fixing, please let us know via email

to see examples of our website's comprehensive contents!

Thanks to our amazing contributors for the steady flow of articles, and to our dedicated all-volunteer staff who sort, polish and format them, everyday we get a little bit closer to our goal of
Everything About Boats. If you would like to submit an article,
See Submitting Articles.


Ford Industrial Power Products Diesel Engines
How to Identify Ford Diesel Engines
Ford 2715E
Lehman Mfg. Co.
Detroit Diesel 8.2
Universal Atomic 4
Chrysler & Force Outboards
Eska Outboard Motors
Perkins Engines
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Allison Transmission
American Marine Ltd (Grand Banks)
Boat Inspection
Types of Marine Surveys
Marine Surveyors by Country
Boat Builders By MIC
Beta Marine
American Boat and Yacht Counsel (ABYC)
USCG NVIC 07-95 Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls

What our nonprofit Anchors Aweigh Academy and its website have accomplished so far.

  • Published over 300 website main topic webpages, many with full articles on the topic. See our Website Contents in the Right Sidebar for the listing of the main topic pages.
  • Published over 9,000 marine vendor webpages, all with their contact information, most with a description of their products and services, many with product documentation, specifications and independent reviews. (Includes: Boat designers, boat building tools, material and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, boat builders and dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, boat insurers, boat transporters, skippers and crews, boatyards and marinas, yacht clubs, boat rentals and yacht charters, boating, seamanship and maritime schools, marine law attorneys and expert witnesses, boat refitters and repairers, book authors and publishers, and video producers)
  • Acquired over 120,000 pages of product documentation including Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Pictures, Serial Number Guides, Installation Manuals, OpManuals, Parts Schematics, Parts Bulletins, Shop Manuals, Wiring Diagrams, Service Bulletins, and Recalls. And have made all viewable to academy members through the EAB website.
  • Acquired over 1,200 books and magazine back issues in our academy library and so far have made over 700 viewable to academy members through the EAB website.
  • Published over 500 DIY How-To articles about boat design, construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. We are working hard to do more.

We are currently formatting and polishing the Anchors Aweigh Academy online and hands-on courses. The Marine Surveying course has proven to be excellent for both the beginner and the seasoned surveyor, and especially helpful to the Do-It-Yourselfer.

Current Academy Members must SIGN IN to gain FULL access to this
website including expanded pages and valuable Academy programs
like our Academy Lending Library and our Ask-An-Expert Program!

If your membership has expired, CLICK HERE to Renew.

CLICK HERE to discover how you can become a Member and gain FULL access to
thousands of expanded pages and articles, and dozens of excellent programs

Thank you for your support. You make this website possible.

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FROM Donald: "This is an awesome website. I found the information that I needed right away from one of the over 20,000 free articles that you provide as a public service. I'm surprised that so much if this site is free. But I still signed up so I could access the thousands of expanded pages, interesting articles, and dozens of valuable programs! The member's library of books, magazines and videos that I can view online is really terrific! I understand that you and your staff are all unpaid volunteers. Please keep up the good work. And I commend you for your plans to add another 10,000 free informative articles over the next year. I'm thrilled to support you in this endeavor with my small membership donation. Thanks again for all your hard work."

FROM Huey: "I agree with my Uncle, I too have found the articles to be very enlightening. They say that it will take about 100,000 articles to cover the full scope that they have envisioned for the website. They have over 20,000 articles so far and that's doing pretty well, but it could take several years to get the rest. I also noticed that many of the Main Topic Pages and some of the article pages are still in the rough draft stage. I guess that they will fill in as they can get volunteers to work on them. But what I can't figure out is why anyone would spend the time writing informative in depth articles just to give away free to this website for publication? What's in it for them?"

FROM Dewey: "Well Huey, to me It looks like most of the articles on this website are written by very informed people, like boating instructors, boat designers, boat builders, riggers, electricians, fitters, marine repair technicians and marine surveyors. Writing such articles helps establish them as knowledgeable professionals. After all, this website was originally created by a school for marine technicians and marine surveyors. The website is growing in content every day. They even had to move to a bigger, more powerful server because the website's traffic has been growing exponentially."

FROM Louie: "I agree with everyone above. This site is quickly becoming the ultimate reference resource about every aspect of boats and ships for everyone from the beginning recreational boater to the seasoned professional mariner. I use the topic pages on the right sidebar to browse around the website. It's like a Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook for Boaters. Their Members' Library of over 300 popular and obscure books and over 200 magazine back issues that can be viewed online is fabulous. The Academy's magazine is especially informative. On top of that, there is the "Ask-An-Expert program for members where you can get an expert's answer to any of your boat questions. And a whole years membership is only $25. What a deal! I really love being part of this "Everything About Boats" community and help provide thousands of helpful articles free to the public. I think that I'll sit down right now and write an article about my experiences boating with my uncle."

FROM Scrooge: "You rave about this website like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I think it stinks. Sure, it has a lot of good information for boaters, and they're adding more every day, but it will probably never be finished. Furthermore, I don't even own a boat. And I wouldn't have a boat even if someone gave me one. Boats are a waste of money and time and energy and money! They're just a hole in the water you pour money into. If you gave me a boat, I'd sell it quicker then you could say Baggywrinkle. Then I'd lock up the cash with all my other money so I could keep my eye on it and count it every day. Bah humbug."

FROM Daisy: "I'm just so glad that Donald got the boat so we and the boys could enjoy boating — together. And of course all of the girls, April, May, and June, love to be on the water too, especially when that is where the boys are. Oh poor Scrooge, boating is more fun then you could possibly imagine."

FROM Scrooge: "After seeing how much fun you all have on the water together, I regret that I didn't have that much fun when I was young. I've had a change of heart, and I'm giving each of you a Lifetime Academy Membership."

FROM Editor: "For those of you that have stayed with us this far, many thanks. You inspire us to keep working on this labor of love. We know that we have a lot more to do. Ultimately, we hope that we can help you enjoy the wonder filled world of boating as much as we do. We are all waiting to see what you have to say about this webpage article. Submit any comments via email To⇒ Be sure to include this page's title in the subject line. Also, your corrections, updates, additions and suggestions are welcomed. Please submit them via email To⇒ Let's work together on this."