Boating & Fishing Seminars + Boat Show University

Each year, the Seattle Boat Show features over 230 boating and fishing seminars to help you explore new horizons and expand your knowledge of boating, taught by maritime experts who are excited to share their nautical know-how. The 2020 Seattle Boat Show features new presenters, more panels and more new seminars focused on technology, electronics, communications, navigation, and fishing.

Get your feet wet and try something new or hone your skills in an area of your choosing—from cruising, to maintenance, and more

ALL SEMINARS & BOAT SHOW UNIVERSITY CLASSES TAKE PLACE AT CENTURYLINK FIELD & EVENT CENTER. 

Seminar stages are located to the right just inside the entrance to the North Hall coming from the West Hall. Friday through Sunday the free boating seminars take place on the Club Level. The elevator to the Club Level is also located near the entrance to the North Hall coming from the West Hall. Look for signage.

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Time Title Presenter Stage
Friday, January 24th
9:00 AM Top Key Practices to Understanding Your Diesel Engines - 3 hours (9am-Noon) $55
Michael Beemer Stage #7 Concourse Level
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Friday, January 24th, 9:00 AM The modern diesel engine is relied upon by both sail and powerboaters. With proper maintenance these engines run reliably for thousands of hours. Understanding the nuts and bolts of the diesel engine and how to perform routine maintenance will keep you out on the water. This course is not specific to one brand, but will cover most engine manufacturers common in the industry. Topics will include: Understanding, starting, and charging circuits, Service intervals and schedules, The importance of the cooling system and how to prevent overheating, Troubleshooting techniques, New technologies and tips for easier and cleaner maintenance and repairs. We’ll end this session with a list of tools and techniques to help you “Keep it Alive” during your time on the water.
9:30 AM Mastering the Navionics App to Sharpen Your Navigation Skills - 3 hours (9:30am-12:30pm) $55
Linda Lewis Stage #2 North Hall
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Friday, January 24th, 9:30 AM Carry your navigation-skills learning device with you! Google “Navionics Free Trial” and then download their 2-week trial onto your tablet or phone. Bring your device to this seminar so you can do hands-on learning.  You will learn about colors, symbols, how to find current and tide data, and how to put in a route so you can plan your trips before you arrive at the boat. Your device can then act as a back-up to your marine electronics. But most importantly, you will be building your navigation skills in a way that is fun and easy.
11:15 AM Gunkholing to Murder and Mayhem: How the Pacific Northwest Inspires Writers, Boaters, Liars and Old Salts Jeff Briggs Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 11:15 AM Join author Jeffrey D. Briggs as he explores how the Pacific Northwest inspires great stories and rich storytelling. Boaters love to read stories, tell stories, and embark on living their own adventure stories—actual or fiction. Jeff shares how that shapes successful writing. The Northwest is a wonderful, fascinating place to be a boater, an old salt, and certainly a mystery writer. Since beginning with the humorous essays “Confessions of a Lifeaboard,” appearing in 48° North in the 1980s, to his 2019 novel, Out of the Cold Dark Sea, the author of the Seattle Waterfront Mystery series has written about life on the water in our region. He has published over 350 articles in regional and national magazines, and a water quality book, Soundwatch: An Environmental Guide for Boaters. Now, he’s turned his focus to writing fiction—which is where most boating stories live anyway.
12:00 PM Dungeness Crabbing Curriculum Tom Nelson Stage #3 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 12:00 PM Tom Nelson, host of the popular 710 ESPN The Outdoor Line, offers a wealth of fishing information gleaned from a lifetime on the water. "Nelly's" seminars cover topics from Dungeness crabbing and spot prawns in Puget Sound to locating the best areas for salmon and other fish species from Puget Sound to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, the Columbia River and the coast north to southeast Alaska.
12:00 PM Electric Propulsion 2.0 Alex Wilken Stage #4 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 12:00 PM Electric propulsion. Basic terminology and concepts. It's cost, benefits, and feasibility. Introduction to different types of electric motors, generators and batteries. Covering the rapid changes in battery technology. Cruising data from hybrid electric demo boat. Solar, wind and trolling generator charging options.
12:00 PM Electrical Design for Your Boat: Building Blocks Jeff Cote Stage #6 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 12:00 PM Are you a DIYer who would like to tackle your own electrical system but you aren't sure where to start? You have some basic skills but you need a plan? Join Jeff as he walks you through the design process to create your own electrical schematic. Learn the building blocks that experts use before tackling a project so you can do it once, do it right and make it safe.
12:15 PM Understanding Marine Canvas Mike Reese Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 12:15 PM Join us for a look at the types of marine canvas for your boat and the material and design considerations that need to be explored in order to protect your investment and help ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the water.  We’ll also discuss the proper care of your boat’s canvas gear and how to make effective repairs while out cruising.
12:30 PM Creative Solutions to a Bad Day at Sea - 3 hours (12:30 - 3:30pm) $55
Art Hebert Stage #7 Concourse Level
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Friday, January 24th, 12:30 PM Going on any passage can be the most satisfying and wonderful experience you may have on your boat, but every now and then bad things happen. Every cruiser faces some level of the “what if” that’s in the back of your head as you embark on a voyage. Retired Coast Guard veteran, Art Hebert designed this course to help you understand what things typically can happen and how to deal with them in a safe, and often critical timeline. He teamed up with many experts who combine decades of knowledge and experience into this course. Topics will include: Proven Techniques for temporary solutions to many common failures onboard cruising vessels; Knowing, understanding & maintaining critical systems for the safety and comfort of the captain and crew; Pre-departure checklists of what to check, inspect, and stock to support efforts when emergencies happen while passage making; Decision making strategies every cruiser should know when facing an emergency; and Practical tips for temporary repairs of key systems. We’ll end this session with a checklist of proven solutions and instructions you will want on your boat that will help you be prepared if an emergency should arise during your cruise.
1:00 PM Coastal Tuna, Salmon and Bottomfish Fisheries and More Larry Phillips Stage #3 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 1:00 PM Larry Phillips, the Region 6 Director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which includes Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Clallam counties began his career in 1996 and was promoted to his current role in 2015. Larry is an avid fisherman and hunter and advocate for conservations and outdoor recreation, was raised in Arlington and spent many days plying the waters of the Stillaguamish River. He and his wife Marci spend most of their free time with their four children and friends at their second home in Ilwaco.
1:00 PM The Single Girls DIY Guide to Cruising the Inside Passage Sarah Jones Stage #4 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 1:00 PM This seminar will cover the how to's and lessons learned from my recent trip up the inside passage, through Southeast Alaska, and in Glacier Bay National Park. I'll talk about what I did to prep the boat, my itinerary, and what I learned along the way.
1:00 PM Electrical Design for Your Boat: Building Blocks cont. Jeff Cote Stage #6 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 1:00 PM Electrical Design Cont. Are you a DIYer who would like to tackle your own electrical system but you aren't sure where to start? You have some basic skills but you need a plan? Join Jeff as he walks you through the design process to create your own electrical schematic. Learn the building blocks that experts use before tackling a project so you can do it once, do it right and make it safe.
1:00 PM Weather Strategies—Making the Go- No-Go Decision - 3 hours (1-4pm) $55
Mark Bunzel Stage #2 North Hall
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Friday, January 24th, 1:00 PM Changing weather is one of the things most boaters and their crews fear most. Usually it is not deadly, but it can be downright scary when a pleasant day of boating turns ugly. Knowing the basics can help you interpret the weather and make a good go or no-go decision. This course will take you through the basics of how to understand the information available and how to combine it with tide and current information to determine the sea conditions. The class will use actual examples and gather weather data from the internet, cell phone and VHF radio. Software apps will be used and their shortcomings will be reviewed. They say timing is everything, and a few hours difference with the change of current can make all difference in the world. We will use a checklist approach where you can create your own system to create an understanding of the weather that fits your vessel and crew.
1:15 PM Tides & Currents Carolyn "Ace" Spragg Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 1:15 PM How to use the tides and currents to improve your cruising range and enjoyment. Specifically related to the Puget Sound, San Juan and Gulf Islands.
2:00 PM Premier Fishing Waters in Central Washington and How to Fish Them Dave Graybill Stage #3 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 2:00 PM Dave Graybill is a native of north-central Washington, and has fished in this region for more than 50 years. His wealth of knowledge to catch a wide variety of species will help anglers get on the path to success. Graybill serves on WDFW Commission, writes for many publications and has his own website www.FishingMagician.com.
2:00 PM Successful Puget Sound Shrimping Tom Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 2:00 PM Tom Nelson, host of the popular 710 ESPN The Outdoor Line, offers a wealth of fishing information gleaned from a lifetime on the water. "Nelly's" seminars cover topics from Dungeness crabbing and spot prawns in Puget Sound to locating the best areas for salmon and other fish species from Puget Sound to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, the Columbia River and the coast north to southeast Alaska.
2:00 PM Making your Escape Behan & Jamie Gifford Stage #4 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 2:00 PM From choosing a boat to crossing an ocean. This is your task list to get it done.
2:00 PM Line Handling Ben & Teresa Carey Stage #6 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 2:00 PM A big misconception is that you need to know only a few knots, like the bowline and square knot. Too often line handling is neglected, resulting in hockled lines, jammed lines on cleats, rope burns, and a spaghetti mess when you need the line to run free. This course will cover both knots and essentials in line handling, which is one of the most important and overlooked seamanship skills.
2:15 PM Getting the Most from your AIS System Doug Miller Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 2:15 PM Installing an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, radio or transponder seems straightforward, yet there are many factors that can impact how well AIS works. This seminar will walk through what AIS is including the latest developments, choosing an AIS system, installing AIS, antenna installation, integrating AIS with other marine and mobile devices, testing and troubleshooting.
3:00 PM Columbia River fall king fishing above Bonneville Dam Aaron Peterson Stage #3 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 3:00 PM Aaron Peterson, owner of Petersons Northwest Guide and Lamiglas Team member, will discuss fall chinook tactics above Bonneville known as “The Gorge” from downhill trolling using lead-balls to product knowledge on fishing gear.
3:00 PM Downrigger Trolling Tactics Kent Alger Stage #1 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 3:00 PM Kent Alger, owner of Guides NW charter service and a Team Shimano Pro Staff member, has a keen knowledge of Puget Sound and catching a variety of salmon and bottomfish. Alger will share his vast knowledge and tips on improving your success on trolling for salmon with downriggers as well as hooking you into lingcod and halibut.
3:00 PM Shorthanded Sailing Techniques John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal Stage #4 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 3:00 PM John and Amanda will share valuable tips for setting up your boat plus procedures and checklists addressing the following: safety, overboard prevention, watch standing, electronics for safety, sail handling, weather resources, dealing with sleep deprivation, docking, communications and storm tactics. A handout featuring key points and resources is included.
3:00 PM Getting Your Captain's License: In Layman's Terms Jeffrey Sanders Stage #6 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 3:00 PM A thorough discussion of the Coast Guard Licensing process including requirements for Masters 100 ton and “Six Pack” OUPV. The documentation of sea time and experience requirements for the various types of licenses available. Information packets will be distributed and includes website download information, sample sea service letters and check lists for license applicants. Q&A will follow.
3:15 PM No Impact Docking Carolyn "Ace" Spragg Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 3:15 PM How to dock a cruising, sailboat or trawler. Very specific steps and strategies to deal with all the variables of docking - speed, current, wind, crew, spring lines and "helpful" people on the dock!
4:00 PM Learn to Mooch, Puget Sound Salmon Keith Robbins Stage #3 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 4:00 PM Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon in Seattle, will provide tips and secrets on how to catch salmon with one of the oldest techniques that was first used by the Japanese Americans in Elliott Bay and Puget Sound way before and right after World War II. Robbins is one of the last fishing guides to strictly use this way of catching salmon in Puget Sound. Feeling the "bite" with your salmon rod in hand as the fish takes your bait is one of the most exciting ways to hook a fish.
4:00 PM Using Electronics to Target Trophy Fish in Pacific Northwest Mike Surdyk Stage #1 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 4:00 PM Mike Surdyk is the Northwest Regional Sales Manager for Raymarine Electronics and has been chasing fish for more than 20 years across the Pacific Northwest. Surdyk is a regular on the NW Fishing Derby Series circuit fishing aboard his 23-foot Grady White Gulfstream who enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with other anglers. Surdyk truly believes that having great electronics and a firm understanding of how they work, will create better opportunities to catch fish.
4:00 PM Join a Flotilla: It's Rewarding Lothar Taylor & David Spencer Stage #4 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 4:00 PM Lothar and Dave will present the three fundamental goals of any flotilla and how those can be achieved. They will go over the questions like: why join a flotilla, are there minimum vessel requirements, what if I have little or no experience, what is the format of a typical day, where do flotillas go, can we join and exit the flotilla at will.
4:00 PM Exploring the Discovery Islands from Desolation Sound to Blind Channel Resort Curt & Mary Epperson Stage #6 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 4:00 PM In this informative and entertaining talk Curt Epperson discusses cruising the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound. Curt covers skills and knowledge needed for a fun and safe trip, where to go how to get there, provisioning, weather, navigation, anchoring and stern tying, and favorite marinas and anchorages. After the talk, Curt is available for more questions and discussion on N.W. cruising.
4:00 PM Managing Power on Board: Balancing Energy Needs - 3 hours (4-7pm) $55
Michael Beemer Stage #7 Concourse Level
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Friday, January 24th, 4:00 PM There are many new choices for generating and managing power on your boat – solar cells, fuel cells, high-output alternators and of course – a genset. Did you know a genset on your boat is the most expensive power you can buy? Our needs for power on our boats have became higher. Computers, tablets and iPhone chargers, microwave ovens, music systems and even the Instant Pot may be expected to run off a modern boat’s electrical system and many vessels don’t have a “balanced electrical system” that performs properly, has reliability, and is designed to last. This course is designed to help you understand how to design, check, maintain, and upgrade your electrical system to match the power requirements on your boat. First, we will take a look at the typical power demands a modern electrical system supports. Do you know how much your microwave draws from your inverter and storage system? We will total up the electrical draw different systems require. Next, we will cover the size of your power storage system, and how to monitor and keep it charged. We then will wrap up the seminar by providing other ways to produce energy and their cost: high-output alternators & battery chargers, solar options & controllers, new fuel cells, and even wind energy. After taking this course, you will become the ‘master’ of the energy equation onboard your cruising vessel.
4:15 PM Into to Anchoring Carolyn "Ace" Spragg Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 4:15 PM A full discussion of anchoring in our local waters. Just enough theory to help things make sense with practical tips mixed in. Discussion includes needed equipment and how to use it. Then moves on to enhancements to basic anchoring, such as stern ties and rafting. A set of reprints from 48 North articles on anchoring will be available.
4:30 PM Your Business on Board: Making Money While Cruising - 3 hours (4:30-7:30pm) $55
Devon Thurtle Anderson & Richard Anderson Stage #2 North Hall
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Friday, January 24th, 4:30 PM Don't wait to retire to go cruising; take your business with you! Running a successful business on board is within reach with some careful planning, and understanding of a few key challenges. No, you don't need to be a YouTube sensation - this seminar will discuss how to take your existing business, whatever that may be, and make it mobile and cruising-friendly from plan to budget to execution.
5:00 PM Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Anyone Can Catch a Tuna Tommy Donlin Stage #3 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 5:00 PM Tommy Donlin, Defiance Boats and Raymarine Pro Staff Captain has a wealth of knowledge on coastal and offshore fishing action. As a tournament Captain since 2010, his aggressive pursuit of halibut, lingcod, salmon and tuna have led to refined and highly effective tactics. The Washington tuna fishery is world class with absolutely wide-open bites that will surely lead to sore arms. Join him, as he shares in great detail, his systematic and successful approach to fishing that will be sure to put fish on your boat.
5:00 PM Trolling for Salmon Downrigger Techniques Chris Long Stage #1 North Hall
Friday, January 24th, 5:00 PM Chris Long, a retired Naval Officer and owner/operator of Jolly Mon Charters in Anacortes, has more than 20 years of experience fishing in the Pacific Northwest and 10 years as a charter captain in the San Juan Islands. Long is Chairman for the Resurrection Salmon Derby, Board of Directors for the Anacortes Salmon Derby, active supporter of Salmon for Soldiers and President of the Anacortes/San Juan Island’s chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.
5:00 PM Boat Selection for Offshore Cruising John Neal & Pete McGonagle Stage #4 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 5:00 PM John Neal and Pete McGonagle feature 22 key points and latest trends to consider when purchasing a boat for extended voyaging, based on their combined 1,460,000 sea miles and 80 years of experience. With their extensive, objective and worldwide knowledge of boats and builders, they’ll quickly allow you to narrow your search. There’s a free handout and a 37-page booklet is available.
5:00 PM Planning and Preparing for Offshore Cruising Garry Domnisse Stage #6 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 5:00 PM Please join retired Coast Guard Officer Garry Domnisse, who’s sailed over 25,000 nautical miles as he shares details about his book, Our Island in the Sun. The book was written for sailors and those heading south to Mexico and all the countries to the Panama Canal and into the Western Caribbean and Cuba. The book was written with six points of view , the authors, his wife's, Sailing Directions, photos , charts, Log book entries, a history of most ports of call, places to acquire fuel. It also covers hauling your boat out for hurricane season. experienced in getting ourselves ready, the boat ready, making sailing plans and how we handled changes to our plans that we were not expecting. It is a presentation of experiences we had while cruising and which are in the book. My talk is to provide a plan and then show what happened when it was changed by nature or other outside events and how we dealt with the change. All cruisers will experience this during their sailing cruises. I will share how we handled them and the results.
5:15 PM Baja and the Sea of Cortez Clarice & Norman Gregory Stage #5 Club Level
Friday, January 24th, 5:15 PM The presenters live aboard a Nordhavn 46 and spent the past year cruising the islands and bays of Baja California Mexico. They will share their experiences with you about this beautiful and fascinating cruising area including tips about weather, where to haul out, anchoring, and getting from San Diego into Mexico legally.
Saturday, January 25th
9:00 AM Staying Local - Cruising Puget Sound, and the San Juan and Gulf Islands - 3 hours (9am-Noon) $55
Mark Bunzel Stage #7 Concourse Level
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Saturday, January 25th, 9:00 AM Being on the water is pure magic—especially in the Pacific Northwest! If you haven’t spent the time to explore our own backyard, this course is for you. This seminar, presented by Mark Bunzel, the editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, will give you planning routes and tips to make the most of your summer holiday. Topics will include unique areas and must see highlights in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands; information on clearing US and Canadian Customs; books and charts; electronics/internet access; anchorages and moorages; fuel & repairs; water & provisions; cell/WiFi communications. This seminar will also launch you successfully towards cruising the Inside Passage.
9:30 AM Docking and Anchoring - Making it easy! - 3 hours (9:30am-12:30pm) $55
Carolyn "Ace" Spragg Stage #2 North Hall
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Saturday, January 25th, 9:30 AM Docking and Anchoring do not have to be fearful events when boating. There is a practical approach that can work for you and your crew. Ace Spragg, of the Northwest Maritime Center will take you through the steps of how you can successfully dock in different wind conditions. Next, she will step through her tried and true method to anchoring. With her approach and technique, you and your crew can sleep with confidence with your anchor securely hooked on the bottom.
10:15 AM Cruising Forum: Discussion with the Experts Sarah Curry, Will Curry, Behan & Jamie Gifford Amanda Swan Neal, John Neal & Andy Cross Stage #5 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 10:15 AM Learn, laugh, be inspired! Cruising expert panelists: John & Amanda Neal (Mahina Expeditions), Behan and Jamie Gifford (Sailing Totem), Andy Cross (48 North, Three Sheets Northwest), and Will Curry (Hydrovane), will draw from years and miles of experience to answer host Sarah Curry's questions. What to prioritize when choosing and outfitting a boat? What works, what doesn't? We'll cover a range of topics from heavy weather tactics to dream tropical anchorages. Benefit from tips for safe coastal and offshore passages. The world is yours to explore! Register online to submit your own questions: https://tinyurl.com/2020SeattleCruisingForum
11:00 AM Using Electronics to Target Trophy Fish in Pacific Northwest Mike Surdyk Stage #3 North Hall
Saturday, January 25th, 11:00 AM Mike Surdyk is the Northwest Regional Sales Manager for Raymarine Electronics and has been chasing fish for more than 20 years across the Pacific Northwest. Surdyk is a regular on the NW Fishing Derby Series circuit fishing aboard his 23-foot Grady White Gulfstream who enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with other anglers. Surdyk truly believes that having great electronics and a firm understanding of how they work, will create better opportunities to catch fish.
11:00 AM Making Your Electronics Work Together: On-Board Networking Richard Anderson Stage #4 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 11:00 AM If you ever wanted your AIS to talk to your radio and chart plotter, or have AIS and depth/wind data on your iPad, this seminar is for you. We'll also solve "wifi sprawl" - where you end up with 7 different wifi networks on your boat after installing new equipment. You don't need a degree in computer science to make your electronics work together, but you do need this seminar.
11:00 AM A Return to Desolation Kevin & Marlene Farrell Stage #6 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 11:00 AM A Return to Desolation: A homemade film from a family that spent four summers sailing their beloved sailboat, Enterprise, between Seattle and Desolation Sound. Anyone who likes boats, nature, and journeys of discovery will enjoy this film. The film encourages people to sail into nature. Parents Kevin and Marlene contribute regularly to local magazines in North-Central Washington State. They want to show you how a family trip to Desolation Sound aboard a simple sailboat is tangible and easy, with the kids as crew. They explore the flora, fauna and history of their favorite anchorages, as they reveal those places to you.
11:15 AM Cruising Forum: Discussion with the Experts cont. Sarah Curry, Will Curry, Behan & Jamie Gifford Amanda Swan Neal, John Neal & Andy Cross Stage #5 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 11:15 AM Learn, laugh, be inspired! Cruising expert panelists: John & Amanda Neal (Mahina Expeditions), Behan and Jamie Gifford (Sailing Totem), Andy Cross (48 North, Three Sheets Northwest), and Will Curry (Hydrovane), will draw from years and miles of experience to answer host Sarah Curry's questions. What to prioritize when choosing and outfitting a boat? What works, what doesn't? We'll cover a range of topics from heavy weather tactics to dream tropical anchorages. Benefit from tips for safe coastal and offshore passages. The world is yours to explore! Register online to submit your own questions: https://tinyurl.com/2020SeattleCruisingForum
12:00 PM Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Live Bait Tuna Success Tommy Donlin Stage #3 North Hall
Saturday, January 25th, 12:00 PM Tommy Donlin, Defiance Boats and Raymarine Pro Staff Captain has a wealth of knowledge on coastal and offshore fishing action. As a tournament Captain since 2010, his aggressive pursuit of halibut, lingcod, salmon and tuna have led to refined and highly effective tactics. The Washington tuna fishery is world class with absolutely wide-open bites that will surely lead to sore arms. Join him, as he shares in great detail, his systematic and successful approach to fishing that will be sure to put fish on your boat.
12:00 PM Saltwater Structure Strategies Tom Nelson Stage #1 North Hall
Saturday, January 25th, 12:00 PM Tom Nelson, host of the popular 710 ESPN The Outdoor Line, offers a wealth of fishing information gleaned from a lifetime on the water. "Nelly's" seminars cover topics from Dungeness crabbing and spot prawns in Puget Sound to locating the best areas for salmon and other fish species from Puget Sound to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, the Columbia River and the coast north to southeast Alaska.
12:00 PM Haida Gwaii Brian Pemberton Stage #4 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 12:00 PM Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is part of the ring of fire, one of the most seismically active places on earth.  First appearance of the Haidas was about 12,500 years ago.  We will talk a bit about their heritage, culture and beliefs.  The park is unique in that it is run jointly by the Haidas and National Park of Canada.  The presentation will discuss required permits, routes and places to stay.  Activities, and how to have a safe and memorable trip to these seldom visited remote Islands.  Participants will receive a day by day itinerary as well as tips on cruising there and back.  This is truly  a once in a life time experience!
12:00 PM Rules of the Road Ben & Teresa Carey Stage #6 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 12:00 PM We are legally bound to the COLREGS, but very few know the rules or have a copy aboard. The Navigation Rules are confusing and cumbersome. We'll simplify and explain the most important rules like meeting, crossing and overtaking situations, vessel responsibilities (aka, right-of-way), lights, and sound signals. We'll discuss techniques to help you make informed and safe decisions.
12:15 PM All About Cruising Headsails Carol Hasse Stage #5 Club Level
Saturday, January 25th, 12:15 PM An in depth look at sails flown forward of the mast on modern cruising boats. Seminar includes light air sail options, furling sails, hanked-on sails, and storm sails. Distinctions in design, construction, trim, and handling of sails for wind ranges from calms to gales will be covered.
12:30 PM Starting the Trek North through Southern BC - 3 hours (12:30-3:30pm) $55
Lori & Greg Bernard Stage #7 Concourse Level
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Saturday, January 25th, 12:30 PM Northern Georgia Strait, the Discovery Islands, and Queen Charlotte Strait are also worthy destinations in and of themselves, and with some effort, can reward the adventurous boater with quiet and solitude that is hard to find in the two more popular areas. All of the areas boast a variety of secluded anchorages, marinas, and communities to explore. Careful route planning through this area is the usual course for those taking on adventures to the more remote parts of the West Coast – north to Alaska, and south down Vancouver Island’s Pacific coast. This course will help to prepare boaters – power and sail – for voyages north from Nanaimo as far as the Rivers Inlet area north of Cape Caution. Topics will include: The boat and equipment, Personal readiness and preparation, Tides and Currents, and strategies for optimizing speed over ground, Routing options and voyage planning for passing through “the gates”, Summer weather patterns and forecast interpretation to find safe and comfortable “weather windows”, Select anchorages, Useful reference material, Provisioning, Fishing basics, Tips we’ve learned for maximizing our time “off the grid”. Where applicable, there will be an opportunity to practice some of the necessary planning skills in the comfort of a classroom. We will also share stories of our own adventures to these waters, and in the process, inspire you to consider cruising to these magnificent waters.
1:00 PM Premier Fishing Waters in Central Washington and How to Fish Them Dave Graybill Stage #3 North Hall
Saturday, January 25th, 1:00 PM Dave Graybill is a native of north-central Washington, and has fished in this region for more than 50 years. His wealth of knowledge to catch a wide variety of species will help anglers get on the path to success. Graybill serves on WDFW Commission, writes for many publications and has his own website www.FishingMagician.com.
1:00 PM Downrigger Trolling Tactics Kent Alger Stage #1 North Hall
Saturday, January 25th, 1:00 PM Kent Alger, owner of Guides NW charter service and a Team Shimano Pro Staff member, has a keen knowledge of Puget Sound and catching a variety of salmon and bottomfish. Alger will share his vast knowledge and tips on improving your success on trolling for salmon with downriggers as well as hooking you into lingcod and halibut.
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