Wednesday, April 23

Sharing is Caring

At Crowley’s, we think sharing is caring. This spring we will be sharing our expert knowledge base with fellow boaters. Staring next Saturday, April 26th,we will be kicking off our Spring Seminar Series at Crowley’s Yacht Yard. All seminars start at 9am in the Training Room at the yard and will last approximately 1 hour.

3434 E. 95th St., Chicago, IL 60617.

See below for the skinny.

Saturday April 26th
Kiwigrip Nonskid Deck Coating
Is your non-skid wearing down? Then it’s time to take the leap and learn about this awesome do-it-yourself product. If I can do it, so can you.

Presented by Michael Argyelan
Michael (that’s me!) is the Ship’s Store Manager, jack of all trades, and master of nothing. "I like boats."

Saturday May 3rd
Basic Rig Tuning
Proper Rig tuning is essential, not only for performance but for safety as well.  Join us as we show you how to tune your rig from scratch; setting the rake, centering and straightening the mast, how much tension you should apply to the rigging, and the proper way to secure everything so it won't fall down!

Presented by John Paige
Jon is our Rigging Department Manager.  Originally from the United Kingdom, he joined Crowley’s in 2009. We’re still trying to figure out what he’s saying.

Saturday May 10th
Seacocks 101
Seacocks are a critical yet often overlooked and neglected piece of equipment on your boat.  Andrew will lead a primer seminar exploring the various types of seacocks and their operation and maintenance.

Presented by Andrew Spaulding
Andrew is the Production Manger here at Crowley’s. He came to us by way of Connecticut. It’s OK to laugh at his salmon colored, east coast, preppy shorts in the spring. I do.

Saturday May 17th
Spring Engine Commissioning
Every year mechanics at Crowley’s shake the cobwebs off tons of engines. You’ll cover pre-start procedures, shafts, couplers, hoses, flame arrestors, and all kinds of other stuff we often ignore on our vessels.

Presented by Pam Barragan & Derrick Tharpe  
Pam is new to Crowley’s yet an extremely experienced mechanic. Coming from the Coast Guard Pam intends to help us get things ship shape. You better listen up! Derrick is a 5 Star Certified Mercury and Yamaha mechanic and has been a mechanic here at Crowley’s for 4 years. His engine interests started with race cars. He’s a gear head.

Check it! On April 26th, Betsy J of the Saucy Tomato will bring her food truck down to the yard to for a special treat. Locals will recognize the stuffed pizza, beef sandwiches, and tomato bread. Their signature sandwich is the slow roasted, pulled pot roast on fresh Turano rolls.

As always if you have any questions or comments, please email me at

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