Everything That You Need to Know About Yacht School (formerly Amel School)
My wife, Judy, and I enjoyed 11 years circumnavigating the world aboard our 2003 Amel Super Maramu, BeBe. Judy and I logged over 40,000 miles and visited 58 countries. Our Circumnavigation Blog aboard BeBe, SM #387, is at www.svbebe.com. If you are interested in the Cost of Cruisinglisten to an Audio Podcast with Bill & Judy explaining costs of cruising, follow this link: Bill & Judy "Costs of Cruising" Podcast.

Originally, I called my effort "Amel School" with the slogan, "Prepare to Cast Off." Recently and because of my success, the top executive of Amel told me I could no longer use "Amel School." That actually made no difference to me because my brand is "Bill Rouse" and what I was doing was schooling Amel owners to "Prepare To Cast Off." In February of 2019, I changed the name from Amel School to Yacht School (www.PrepareToCastOff.com), which is what I should have named it in the first place. All of my clients found me because of my reputation of being helpful and supportive of the members of Amel Yacht Owners Group, and/or because of my wife's very well read bolg, s/v BeBe

During our circumnavigation aboard our 2003 Amel Super Maramu BeBe, I became self-taught on almost everything about Amel yachts and the systems installed on Amels. I obtained hundreds of OEM device installation and operations manuals, thoroughly reading every one of these.  When in doubt, I consulted experts at the OEM device manufacturer. I created maintenance instructions with illustrations that are used by hundreds of Amel Owners. I audited Amel employees performing routine maintenance. The culmination of this 11 year effort is my 400 page Amel Book which I provide, at no charge, to all Yacht School clients taking the Amel Yacht School Course, or the FastTrack Course. The Amel Book is also available to Experienced Amel Owners who purchase 24/7 Support. There is no place in the world offering any of these things I offer Amel owners and no person has written or compiled anything like my Amel Book. 

Collage of Amel Book pages. 
Collage of pages from the Amel Book - 400 pages by Bill Rouse
Yacht School Courses 
The Amel Yacht School Course is taught aboard your Amel with as many members of the crew as you choose. It is an intensive and complete course. Attendees of Yacht School receive a printed and bound copy of the Amel Book (1 per boat) with weekly online updates and also receive free of additional charge 1 Year of 24/7 Support. LifeTime 24/7 Support is available for as long as you own your Amel. Included in Lifetime Support is a new Amel Book each time there is a major new printing of the book, and Transshipment of Parts purchased from US retailers such as Amazon via DHL to anywhere in the world, charging for the cost of transport to you. In January 2019 I began offering the FastTrack Course. FastTrack is designed for those owners new to Amel that are limited with availability, time, and/or budget to take this the Amel Yacht School Course.

Free Consulting 
I will share my experience with you at no cost for 1 hour about Amel yachts, or any question I can answer about yachting or cruising. Ask anything you may want to ask and receive experienced and non-conflicted answers. I am not connected with Chantier Amel in any way. I am totally independent and receive no commission or incentive from Amel or any other person or entity.

Pre-Purchase Consulting 
Pre-Purchase Consulting is very important for new buyers of resale Amels. I understand the complexities of selecting the right Amel yacht and the issues in the purchase process. I have developed a system which combines my experience and the use of common technology to remotely perform an evaluation of the Amel you may want to buy. I review hundreds your photos (I give you a list of what to photograph), owner/broker's photos, and I ask the owner hundreds of experience-prepared and pointed questions. I also provide you with the "Amel Survey Checklist" to give to your surveyor. This is a list of items that are commonly missed by many surveyors. The combination of this information gives me a unique perspective and allows me to provide you with a qualified summary of good things and deficiencies of the proposed purchase. 

With this information the buyer can make an informed decision and negotiate with accurate information on his side. I have helped a large number of people with their purchase of an Amel. I am neither a broker nor a surveyor, but I am a non-conflicted knowledgeable consultant to future Amel owners. I have already saved my clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in their selection, negotiation and purchase of their Amel.

Yacht School Preferred Vendor Discounts

When you purchase anything from Yacht School, you become an Yacht School Client for as long as you own your Amel, qualifying you for discounts on Amel OEM and quality OEM substitute systems, devices, and parts from Yacht School Preferred Vendors. Purchase discounts for our clients include sails, rigging, pumps, some critical engine parts, membranes, Yacht Transport, and others. The discounts range from at least 5% up to 20%. Yacht School is in no way affiliated with these vendors and receives no commission or referral. I leveraged the size of of our client base to negotiate discounts for you and you alone. A client recently saved thousands over his best prices from other sources.

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I will travel anywhere in the world to teach this course.
BeBe arriving after crossing the Atlantic and completing 40,000 mile 11 year journey to 58 countries

Amel owners and Amel lovers (wannabees) may be interested in the Amel Yacht Owners Group.