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Mike Phillips
03-28-2018, 10:04 AM
2019 HANDS-ON Boat Detailing Class - February 9th and 10th (https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/boat-detailing-classes-dates-and-info/118333-2019-hands-boat-detailing-class-february-9th-10th.html)

We teach this class just once a year. This class always fills up and we have to turn away people.

If you missed last year's class or the year before then clear your schedule NOW and make your travel plans to attend this class.

2-day - HANDS ON Training Class

Saturday, February 9th - Exterior Boat Detailing - $595.00

Includes hand and machine wetsanding, rotary buffers, orbital polishers and ceramic coatings

Sunday, February 10th - Interior Boat Detailing - $495.00

Includes Cleaning and detailing Non-skid, Top cap, Vinyl, Isinglass, Electronics, Metal polishing, Acrylic and Plexiglas, Canvas Enclosures, Mold removal and mitigation

Both days - $850.00 - save 20%

Click here to sign-up online (https://www.autogeek.net/mike-phillips-boat-class.html)

Or to sign-up over the phone, call Andre at

1-800-869-3011 x244

If you want to learn how to detail your own boat or if you plan to detail for money, this class is a must!

Learn the ins and outs of boat detailing from world-renowned detailing expert Mike Phillips! The Marine 31 Boat Detailing Class covers all the major aspects of boat care and detailing including

Personal safety
How to diagnose the four categories of boat condition and how to address each category
#1 New and like new
#2 Light oxidation
#3 Medium oxidation
#4 Heavy or severe oxidation
How to hand sand and machine sand to remove severe oxidation, staining and deep water spots
How to machine polish with orbital polishers to remove holograms after rotary buffer steps.
How to seal gel-coats using traditional waxes and sealants
How to seal gel-coats with a ceramic coatings
How and when to use a one-step cleaner/wax
Wet sanding to remove scuff marks and scratches from gel coat
Wet sanding to remove "ghosting" left after removing lettering and graphics
Outboard engine detailing
Trailer detailing - Aluminum polishing
How to use the Porter Cable for new and like new boats
How to use the Flex 3401 for light oxidation
How to use a rotary buffer to remove medium oxidation

Personal safety
Proper washing techniques and the order of steps
Hand and machine scrubbing molded in non-skid surfaces and sealing
Machine polishing Isinglass to remove scratches, yellowing and oxidation
Top Cap restoration - How and when to use a one-step cleaner/wax
Canvas enclosure cleaning and protecting
Mildew removal & mildew prevention
Metal polishing and protection
Electronics detailing
Acrylic and Plexiglas windscreen correction and polishing

And much, much more!

The Marine 31 Boat Detailing Class will give you the experience and knowledge to detail boats like a professional!

Boat detailing – where do I start?
Surely you’ve asked yourself that question, or else you wouldn’t be researching and reading about the best boat detailing classes in the first place. We have an answer for that question, and it’s at Autogeek's Boat Detailing Class.

Tools? You like tools?
Our one-day boat detailing class provides an in-depth look at boat detailing inside and out. You'll get thorough instructions on how to properly machine sand a boat, remove sanding marks and oxidation with a high speed rotary polisher, machine-apply a wax using a dual action polisher, and more!

We'll go over how to use the Flex 3401 (http://www.marine31.com/best-boat-buffer.html) for production boat detailing.

You'll get to use the RUPES BigFoot 21 (http://www.marine31.com/rupes-lhr-21es-big-foot-polisher.html) for creating a show car finish on black gel-coat boats.

We'll go over machine sanding using the Flex 3401 (http://www.marine31.com/best-boat-buffer.html) (that's right we're going to machine sand with the Flex 3401) and the Porter Cable 7424XP Polisher (http://www.marine31.com/poca74hdpl.html).

For sanding you'll learn how to use the Mirka Abralon Sanding Discs (http://www.marine31online.com/gallery/data/531/Marine_31_Boat_Detailing_Class_062.jpg) by machine and by hand. You'll also learn why it's smarter to machine sand heavily oxidized gel-coat boats versus compound with a rotary buffer.

Limited Class Size
The class size will be limited to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and practice the techniques. The class will be held in the fully equipped Autogeek Show Car Garage located at our headquarters in Stuart, Florida.

These are intense hands-on classes!




Carlo using the blue RUPES pad with Captain's Compound to remove holograms...


Here's Lindsey applying C1 to a foam applicator pad...


Here's Mark and Lindsey coating the side of a 28' Rinker...


Applying a ceramic coating to the 21' Trophy - REMEMBER how bad this boat started out?


From the 2018 class...




Before 28' Rinker








And here's the class of 2018

24 people trained to expertly restore the most damaged boats to look like new!


Click here to see ALL the pictures from the 2018 Boat Detailing Class and you'll see just how hands-on these classes are! (https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/boat-detailing-classes-dates-and-info/117717-pictures-2018-boat-detailing-class-autogeek-mike-phillips.html)

When: February 9th and 10th, 2019
Time: 7:30am 5:30pm Eastern Time


Autogeek's Show Car Garage
7744 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
Mapquest Driving Directions (http://tinyurl.com/l5d6vf)

What to bring: Bring a pen and paper to take notes if you like. All chemicals and tools will be provided.

Dress: Dress is casual, remember you're going to be washing a boat as well as detailing the boat inside and outside. Please DO NOT wear Flip Flops or dress shoes of any kind. Wear work clothes like jeans, t-shirt and tennis shoes, the kind of clothes that you would wear when washing and detailing a boat.

We cannot emphasis enough that these are very HANDS-ON classes so get a good night's sleep the night before the class and be ready to learn and have fun!

Note: This will be the only boat detailing class for 2019.
The timing of this is right after the Stuart Boat Show and well before the boat season starts. This gives you time to take the class and then get your boat ready for summer. If you detail boats for money then attend this class and position yourself to dominate your market.

Our last boat detailing class filled up fast so mark your calendars and plan your schedules accordingly.


Mike Phillips
03-28-2018, 10:19 AM
Hotels, Airports and Attractions near Autogeek's Garage! (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/sign-up-saturday-detailing-101/20505-hotels-airports-attractions-near-autogeek-s-garage.html)

If you're driving or flying in from any kind of distance and especially if you're attending both the Saturday and Sunday class, here's some helpful information.


Courtyard Stuart (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbist-courtyard-stuart/)
7615 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, Florida 34997

Tell them you're with Palm Beach Motoring and that our rate code is PBME. Hotel rates fluctuate according to season and other events. We, (Autogeek), do not own the Marriott, so for accurate prices, call them to get the current room rates for the time you will be attending the class. This is true for ALL hotels.

The Courtyard Stuart has an in-house restaurant and the Cracker Barrel and McDonald's are right next door. They offer free Wireless Internet in all their rooms.

NOTE: I recommended the Courtyard Stuart because it's nice, has a restaurant/lounge and is one of two of the closest hotels to Autogeek. I did not recommend it because it was the cheapest. For lower cost hotels in the Stuart area, do a Google search or use a website like Trivago.

Also close to Autogeek and right across the street from the Courtyard Stuart,

Holiday Inn Express - Stuart Florida (http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/stuart/suafl/hoteldetail)
7900 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, FL 34997

Wendy's and Dunkin Donuts are right next door. They offer free Wireless Internet in all their rooms.


West Palm Beach (http://www.pbia.org/) - Airport Code: PBI
Approximately 30 minutes from Autogeek.net Corporate Offices <--Closest airport to Autogeek

Orlando (http://www.orlandoairports.net) - Airport Code: MCO
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Autogeek.net Corporate Offices

Activities and fun things to do

Things to do in Stuart, Florida (http://www.discovermartin.com/)

Nearby Restaurants & Lounges (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/restaurants/pbist-courtyard-stuart)

Upcoming Events in Stuart, Florida (http://cityofstuart.us/)

Plus the fun loving crew at Autogeek!

Im the MAN Im the MAN Im the MAN Im the MAN Im the MAN

And of course we're located at,

Autogeek's Garage
7744 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
Mapquest Driving Directions (http://tinyurl.com/l5d6vf)


Mike Phillips
03-28-2018, 10:19 AM

My personal recommendations for great places to eat while you're here in Stuart,

Italian Cuisine

La Forchetta (http://www.laforchetta.net/)

Hands=down the best Italian food you will ever eat. If the owner Dominic is there, tell him Mike Phillips sent you. This restaurant is literally right down the road from Autogeek. It's in the same parking lot as the Holiday Inn Express and across the street from the Courtyard Stuart (see hotels above)


Fresh Catch (https://www.freshcatchstuart.com/)

Again, if you love great seafood then Fresh Catch is hands-down the best seafood in town. It's only about 3 miles down Kanner highway and then a right on Indian street, go through 2 lights and take a left and you're there.

When you get there, if you're sitting at the bar, tell Boomer I sent you.


Mike Phillips
03-28-2018, 10:23 AM

The course manual for this class is How to Detail Boats wit Marine 31.

Each student receives a copy when you arrive on Saturday morning.


If you're not attending this class you can get a copy here,

Paperback book - How To Detail Boats With Marine 31 by Mike Phillips (https://www.autogeek.net/marine-31-boat-book.html)

Besides Marine 31 products you will also use products from many other well known brands...

Lake Country
Griot's Garage

And more....


08-06-2018, 07:14 PM
Have you considered a class for boats in the NJ area like what you did in Windsor,NJ for cars? Just a thought. (Can’t make the Stuart class in 2019 due to business travel to Beijing, China for 3 weeks in Feb)

Mike Phillips
08-20-2018, 02:46 PM

Have you considered a class for boats in the NJ area like what you did in Windsor,NJ for cars?

Just a thought. (Can’t make the Stuart class in 2019 due to business travel to Beijing, China for 3 weeks in Feb)

Love your idea but knowing just how difficult it is to get cars for a car detailing class and how difficult it is to get boats for a boat detailing class right here in our own backyard - I can only imagine how difficult it will be to get JUST THE RIGHT boat for and offsite class.

Love the idea, think it has value, just need the right shop with LOTS of power and the right boat and also 10 to 15 people to commit by SIGNING up for the class before management will let me,

Ship out one to two pallets weighing in at 2000 pounds - Tools, pads and products

Get airline tickets

Get hotel

Get rental car

All of the above are "costs" that have to be covered by a FULL class. What I've found sadly is more guys are talk than walk.

But yeah... love the idea...


Mike Phillips
10-29-2018, 02:31 PM
Just an update....

I don't have a head count for this class yet but everywhere I travel people tell me,

I'm coming to your next boat class!

Last year the boat class sold out in the first part of January, that was the fastest it has ever sold out. I'm confident it's going to be sold out before December's over.

Just a heads-up.... if you missed this class in the past because you didn't get signed up in time, don't fool around this year.


11-21-2018, 05:32 PM
Ugh. I so wanted to attend (I even saved 3 vacation days to carry over into 2019). And wife even agreed it would be great for me to attend (while she soaks up the sun). Unfortunately the boss is sending the management team to China(Shanghai n Beijing) for basically the month of Feb2019. Have fun

Mike Phillips
02-04-2019, 11:36 AM

The boats for this class will be arriving this week.

Here are the boats for the upcoming 2019 Boat Detailing Class here at Autogeek's Show Car Garage in sunny, Stuart, Florida!

24 Edgewater Center Console



26' SeaRay Center Console