Seminars - Seattle Boat Show

Boating & Fishing Seminars + Boat Show University

Each year, the Seattle Boat Show features 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. This year’s event will offer seminars both in-person and online!

The 2023 Seminar Schedule can be found here starting December 1. 

You can view last year’s seminars and Boat Show University schedules below.

 

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Time Title Presenter
February 4, 2022
10:00 am Routine Maintenance – Planning for Success

Webinar
Michael Beemer

Modern cruising vessels have become very complex and expensive crafts that exist in salt-water corrosive environment. They require much more attention than in the past. This course will cover many service points, inspections, and routine things you should do to keep your vessel ‘alive’. While many repairs can be costly, often, just some routine inspection and preventative maintenance can save thousands of dollars, and more importantly give you confidence and maximize your enjoyment while out on the water. Michael Beemer has seen it all and will give you practical DIY objectives, homework, & checklists.

12:00 pm Boat Sharing Clubs 101: A Modern Take on Boating
Stage #1 Concourse
Marcus Sauter

Advancements in technology and the sharing economy have changed the way many people choose to access the water. New boat sharing models help people enjoy the boating lifestyle without the commitment and expense of ownership. In this presentation we will explore the concept of boat sharing clubs, how they work, and if a boat club is right for you.

12:30 pm DIY Diesel Troubleshooting

Webinar
Mike Beemer & Matt Mardesich

Many modern vessels use diesel propulsion engines for good reasons, they are reliable and efficient. Having your Diesel engine fail while underway can ruin your day. Worse, it could put you and your crew in a dangerous position. In general, marine diesel engines are incredibly reliable. They seem just to need, air, fuel, and water for cooling. You could add electrical power for starting, and you have covered the range of needs for a diesel engine. Most engine problems are due to fuel issues or keeping the engine cool. Staff from SVC’s job is to teach new technicians how to maintain this engines and will be sharing what every boat operator should know about engine maintenance. Using the Marine Tech Centers diesel engine lab, the course will have video details to show you how to keep your engine in great shape and be ready for the next cruising season.

1:00 pm Salmon Recovery in the Salish Sea
Stage #1 Concourse
Jacques White

Pmarine survival of Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead populations in the Salish Sea which have declined by up to 90%, and their abundance remains well below what it was 30 years ago, while coastal and Columbia River runs have generally cycled up and down with the ocean. This is despite considerable investments in hatchery and harvest reform and in freshwater and estuarine habitat protection and restoration.  The loss of salmon threatens the heart of Pacific Northwest culture, a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry, the health of our local sea including our iconic southern resident killer whales and deeply rooted Native American rights and traditions.  Long Live the Kings is working on the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and other critically important efforts to address these challenges, uniting over 200 partners to determine what controls salmon and steelhead productivity and to devise and implement effective strategies to bring them back for the long run.

2:00 pm Cruising the Inside Passage through BC to Alaska
Stage #1 Concourse
Wendy Hinman

Wendy Hinman will share highlights cruising to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back. These remote cruising grounds feature natural phenomena like glaciers, waterfalls, and hot springs; as well as wildlife including whales, bears, otters and more; and a native culture like no other. Get a taste for the possibilities and how to make the most of the time you have to enjoy them. This talk will include favorite spots, tips for trip planning, an overview of resources available, and potential pitfalls to help you prepare.

3:00 pm Successful Puget Sound Shrimping
Stage #1 Concourse
Tom Nelson

We call them ‘shrimp’ but it’s really a disservice to these wonderful, flavorful creatures! The Puget Sound spot prawns are large and in charge of some of the most memorable springtime meals you’ll ever experience! Join Nelly as he runs down gear, baits, times and places to get your limit of PRAWNS the first time and every time!

3:00 pm The Outboard Motor

Webinar
Matt Mardesich

Matt Mardesich will take you through the ins and outs of your outboard engine. Many of our vessels, and nearly every cruising dinghy has an outboard motor. These motors have been around for a long time and are very dependable if maintained properly. Ethanol in our fuel systems is creating more and more problems for outboard engines. This course will cover the basics for proper maintenance, repair, and trouble-shooting of your outboard engines. We will cover topics such as Oil Changes, Fuel care and handling, Lower unit testing, Water pump impeller replacement, Electrical systems, Routine Maintenance & Tune up, Winterization

4:00 pm How to Maximize Marine Electronics to Locate Fish
Stage #1 Concourse
John Keizer

Capt John Keizer is Capt of the NW Lowrance fishing team and an expert on marine electronics. This seminar will cover how to install, setup your sonar to get the best quality images of fish displayed in various fishing environments and depth ranges. Seminar will cover proper transducer placement, unit tuning and proper setup to maximize locating fish and the newest trends in electronics.

5:00 pm Essential Safety Gear for Cruisers
Stage #1 Concourse
Behan & Jamie Gifford

Essential safety gear: what boaters should have on board? Staying safe is the top priority for all! But what’s necessary equipment, and what’s over-hyped? Experienced sailors and circumnavigators will share a tiered list to help you prepare for sailing offshore: what you must have ? what you might consider ? and what’s optional.

6:00 pm Cruising in Mexico
Stage #1 Concourse
Behan & Jamie Gifford

Cruising in Mexico: how to plan, what to expect, optimizing seasonal conditions, and what most first-timers get wrong about sailing along Baja, in the Sea of Cortez, and mainland Mexico.

7:00 pm How to Find Tuna
Stage #1 Concourse
Tommy Donlin

Finding Tuna is the difference between catching and not. If you can find the tuna, chances are you can catch them. This seminar dives into the migratory characteristics of tuna and offers and in depth look at Sea Surface Temperatures and Chlorophyll charts, as the primary means to locate tuna.

February 5, 2022
10:00 am Manage Your Boat Like a Pro, the Checklist Approach

Webinar
Mark Bunzel

Pilots have checklists to fly airplanes, why not have a checklist for running your boat too. In this course we will share the checklist approach and sample checklists. Running our modern boats can be daunting but with a checklist you won’t miss anything, and if something does go wrong, there is a checklist for that. Checklists are handy for going out for a day cruise or to make sure you don’t miss anything on your annual maintenance schedule. What, you don’t have an annual maintenance schedule checklist? We have one for you to start and modify to use for your vessel. Join us for this informative seminar on the checklists you can use to Manager Your Boat Like a Pro.

11:00 am Windvane Self Steering: Your Best Crew Member
Stage #1 Concourse
Sarah & Will Curry

How about a crew member who spends endless hours steering, doesn’t eat or sleep, and never complains? A windvane self steering system will steer your monohull or catamaran for short distances or across oceans with absolutely no power consumption. Will and Sarah Curry provide an overview of the different types and demonstrate what a windvane can do for you with videos and cruising stories.

12:00 pm Alternative Power Solutions: Solar, Lithium Batteries & Hybrid/Electric Propulsion
Stage #1 Concourse
Wesley Watts

An in depth look at marine based solar powered electrical systems. Explore the feasibility of hybrid & electric propulsion and the benefits of all electric appliances, no propane on board. Wesley Watts will walk you through it with his electrical engineering background, 10+ years in the solar industry and over 10,000 miles of personal offshore cruising testing these very systems.

12:30 pm What’s New in Solar and Why Does it Matter?

Webinar
Nigel Calder

Solar has been a very viable source of supplemental energy on cruising for the past couple of decades. Many boaters have tapped into this valuable resource and understand the many benefits this alternate energy can provide as part of your “Balanced Electrical System”. Solar, up until recently, has seen very little gains in efficiency but that is changing. In this course Nigel Calder will share what his research and field testing has discovered about this important part of your electrical system. Solar should be considered for many cruising vessels, both power & sail, and the system may need upgrading.

1:00 pm Using Tablets & Phones Underway
Stage #1 Concourse
Richard Rodriguez

Understanding Navionics, AquaMap, and iSailor on both iOS and Android. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Additional apps for weather AIS and other marine resources.

2:00 pm Dungeness Crabbing Curriculum
Stage #1 Concourse
Tom Nelson

The quintessential Pacific Northwest dinner MUST have Dungeness crab! Therefore it only stands to reason that if you want to serve crab dinner that you’re going to have to catch them first! With a lifetime of crabbing experience, “Nelly” will run you through the times, tides, baits, depths, lines, pots and gear that will have you getting “crabby” in no time!

3:00 pm Downrigger Fishing for Salmon
Stage #1 Concourse
Jamie Peth

How to maximize your effort on water. The when, where, and how to target San Juan Island Kings.

3:00 pm Understanding Tides and Currents

Webinar
Kevin Monahan

A good understanding of the Tides and Currents can mean the difference between a smooth ride and a rough ride for a captain and crew. The Inside Passage has a unique water system where the tides power strong currents around the islands and in many of the key passes. In this session, we will begin with an understanding of how the lunar cycles create water movement and the various stages of the tidal cycles – in short, the conditions for slack can mean different things based on the lunar cycle, the winds and even the geography. The course will explore the many gates that are keys points in travel and understand the key concepts of vertical movement (tides) and horizontal movement (current) of water. Understanding local knowledge and the resources available to plot times of slack and understanding the tidal range and current speed in a given day and hour are emphasized. Next, the impact of wind is reviewed. Wind against wave can lead to ugly and uncomfortable seas. A brief understanding of the weather reports will allow you to avoid uncomfortable seas, where waiting an hour or two can make all the difference and a comfortable sea state for safe passage.

4:00 pm Couples Sharing the Boat Handling: Tips for Making it Work
Stage #1 Concourse
Linda Lewis

Many couples come to boating with very different levels of experience. In addition to learning new skills, you need to create safe-boating procedures and learn how to talk to each other with a ‘business-like’ communication style. Capt. Linda Lewis (USCG 100-Ton Master’s License) has taught hundreds of couples on the water and has a boat-load full of tips for you.

5:00 pm No Impact Docking
Stage #1 Concourse
Carolyn "Ace" Spragg

How to dock without fear (or damages)! No yelling! No leaping! We’ll see slides, handouts, and tips for successful docking strategies for keelboats and trawlers, and how to practice them. We’ll learn how to use prop walk, winds, and spring lines to your advantage…the finer points of docking without bow thrusters or twin screws.

6:00 pm Anchoring Basics
Stage #1 Concourse
Carolyn "Ace" Spragg

Learn the fundamentals of anchoring? Deploying, setting, scope calculations, and retrieval? And what to do about anchoring in storms or high winds. Then learn about specific anchorages in the San Juan Islands? Where to drop the hook in fair weather and where to hide in a storm.

7:00 pm Fish Mapping
Stage #1 Concourse
Del Stephens

This is a seminar demonstrating how to use your boat electronics more effectively to find tuna. It also covers the newest electronic satellite advances and resources by Sirius XM Marine.

February 6, 2022
10:00 am Polish Your Navigation Skills – Using the Navionics App

Webinar
Linda Lewis

“Navionics Boating Marine & Lakes” is one of the most popular marine navigation apps around. This is a hands-on seminar, so bring your tablet (or smartphone) with the app already loaded. What do the map colors mean? How do you enter a route? What about getting tides and currents info? How do you customize the app? Using the Navionics app is a fun and effective way to learn navigation. Capt. Linda Lewis (lindalewis@privateboatinginstruction.com) has been teaching navigation this way for years, privately and for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

11:00 am Bring your Boat to Central Washington for Fantastic Fishing
Stage #1 Concourse
Dave Graybill

The best opportunity for anglers to land a rainbow trout weighing over 10 pounds is on Rufus Woods Reservoir, near Coulee Dam. The Colville Tribe plants over 40,000 rainbow in Rufus Woods every year. Although the fish are available year-round, winter is the most popular time to fish here. The current state record is from Rufus Woods at over 36 pounds!

12:00 pm Good Vibes: Tips for Cruising the West Coast and South Pacific
Stage #1 Concourse
Sarah & Will Curry

Sarah and Will share their experiences down the foggy WA/OR/CA Coast, exploring Mexico, and setting sail across the Pacific to Australia. From botched projects to epic landfalls, they share funny and revealing stories about the cruising life, tons of tips, and media that will make you want to set sail ASAP. Now back sailing in Mexico with twin 2 year olds, their cruising life is fuller than ever.

12:30 pm Marine Electrical Systems

Webinar
Nigel Calder

Chances are your vessel’s electrical system is a key component when using your vessel. How does your system perform? Do you feel it could have potential safety concerns? There are lots of standards that keep our vessels and the people who operate them safe, but how do you check against these standards on your vessel? You should spend some time finding these critical parts, checking to see if they are appropriate, and how they compare to current boat-building standards. Are your batteries long lasting, they should last 5-10 years, but we can kill them sooner! Many marina’s [and vessel’s] have installed new protection on shore power systems, these are a great idea and you should understand how they work. In this course, Nigel Calder will answer all of these questions and many more.

1:00 pm Keeping Your Relationship Afloat
Stage #1 Concourse
Wendy Hinman

A happy crew makes for a happy voyage. Venturing off in a boat puts new pressures on even well-established relationships. Don’t let 24/7 start feeling like a life sentence. Learn techniques for addressing the diverse needs of a crew and dissipating tension aboard so that you can enjoy the places you visit and an unusual way of traveling there. Wendy Hinman, award winning author of Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials, shares the wisdom she gathered during her 7-year 34,000 mile voyage aboard her 31-foot cutter as well as years racing and cruising in all manner of boats with her husband and others. She discusses how to find balance in a small, sometimes violently rocking environment, while facing the new challenges that cruising can present and keeping a sense of humor. A happy crew makes for a happy voyage. How to balance diverse personalities and needs aboard.

2:00 pm Sail Management for Cruisers
Stage #1 Concourse
Behan & Jamie Gifford

What you need, what you don’t, setting up for shorthanded sailing, why and how to reef in two minutes, safety/efficiency tactics for passages. Space and money are often scarce on cruising boats. Sails with little use equate to hundreds or thousands of dollars per use. That’s OK for storm sails? but not the rest of the suit! We’ll discuss big picture so you can pick the right mix on your boat.

3:00 pm Twin Engine Docking: Unlocking the Magic of Split Gears Maneuvering
Stage #1 Concourse
Linda Lewis

If you are new to twin-engine close-quarters maneuvering, this is the talk for you. How to: go slower than idle speed; turn in your own footprint; manage throttle “bursts” during split-gears action; decide approach and departure strategies; be the leader of the dance with the winds and currents. Join USCG 100 Ton Master – Capt. Linda Lewis and grow your skills.

3:00 pm Radar and Integrated Navigation

Webinar
Kevin Monahan

Radar is one of the most versatile systems of all of the marine electronics on your boat. But more and more, one cannot speak of Radar as separate from the host of other integrated navigation technologies.Most people only know how to use about 10% of the capabilities of their marine radar and the other connected equipment. The manuals that come with navigation systems tell you what the buttons do, but not how to confidently use them for both collision avoidance and navigation. In addition to learning the basics of radar operation participants will also learn: How to use your marine radar system while underway, How to interpret the screen display and how to correlate it to navigational charts, the surrounding area, and other vessels The strengths and weaknesses of integrated systems such as ARPA, AIS, autopilots and electronic Compasses How to use modern solid-state radar, Doppler radar and broadband radar The impacts of modern Radar technology on RACONs and Search and Rescue Transponders With this course you will have a new appreciation and competency with the navigation systems on your boat.

4:00 pm Borders, Marinas, and Destinations – How PNW Boating Has Changed for 2022
Stage #1 Concourse
Lorena & Leonard Landon

A lot has changed for boaters since the 2019 cruising season. Learn about the complexities of crossing the border, in both directions, as well as entering SE Alaska. How to prepare and plan for cruising in 2022; which destinations are open and available and where things are still closed. What’s happening with marinas and how to prepare for a stay. Join Waggoner Guide Managing Editors, Leonard & Lorena Landon, and co-hosts of the weekly Waggoner Webcasts to get yourself ready for 2022

5:00 pm Salmon Fishing the Coast & Puget Sound
Stage #1 Concourse
John Keizer

The ocean off the Washington coast was the hot bed of king salmon fishing last year and looks to be a repeat again this summer season. Capt John will cover how to locate salmon in the ocean and productive ocean fishing methods. The seminar will also cover top salmon locations in Puget Sound and the different techniques for each of the areas.

February 7, 2022
12:00 pm Lifesling Man Overboard: Rescue from Sail or Power Boat
Stage #1 Concourse
Margaret Pommert

Knowing how to rescue a crew member who has fallen overboard is a critical boating skill anywhere, but especially in the cold water of Puget Sound. This classroom presentation will teach options to get your boat back to overboard crew, keep them connected to the boat, and then get them back onto the boat using a Lifesling. Take handout notes with you to practice on your sail or power boat.

1:00 pm Lingcod Fishing in the San Juan Islands
Stage #1 Concourse
Jamie Peth

Lingcod fishing is something the whole family can enjoy. We will walk you through exactly how to get started catching “the other white fish.”

2:00 pm San Juan Island Shrimping: Spot the Spots!
Stage #1 Concourse
Jamie Peth

Spot prawns are one of my FAVORITE things to eat out of our Northwest waters and I will be walking you through the step by step process we use to catch our limits of prawns with a single soak in the San Juan Islands.

3:00 pm PNW Hazards & NWS Marine Forecasts
Stage #1 Concourse
Samantha Borth & Matthew Cullen

Weather can change quickly out on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of this talk will be to briefly look at the type of weather hazards that can impact mariners out on the regional waters and to show mariners where they can go online to get the most recent marine forecasts from the National Weather Service.

4:00 pm Halibut Fishing Marine Areas 6 & 7
Stage #1 Concourse
Jamie Peth & Scott Propst

Who doesn’t love filling the freezer with halibut? In this seminar, we are going to dive into everything you need to know to catch halibut in Marine areas 6 & 7 this Spring! We will cover: When and where to fish, how to set up your gear and bait to maximize your success and you’ve hooked one, now what? How to safely boat your halibut!

5:00 pm Tides and Currents in the Salish Sea
Stage #1 Concourse
Carolyn "Ace" Spragg

Tides and currents are a huge part of boating in the Salish Sea. Knowing the forces at work, the resources available, and the boat skills needed to safely operate is paramount to a successful on-the-water adventure. Kayak, inflatable, sailboat, or powerboat? All are affected by the rise and fall of the tide. Whether a day trip on Port Townsend Bay or a trip up the Inside Passage, this class will help you with safe boat-trip planning.

6:00 pm Advanced Anchoring
Stage #1 Concourse
Nancy Erley

After a short refresher on anchoring basics the presentation will focus on strategies for tricky situations, crowded anchorages and severe weather including using multiple anchors and ways to get a fouled anchor unstuck. Nancy anchored over a thousand times on her two circumnavigations and speaks from a wealth of personal mishap and recovery.

6:00 pm Medicine at Sea: 5 Things to Know Before Leaving Port

Webinar
John Taussig

Do you have a medical plan for emergencies at sea? In this class, gain valuable insight into the tools of planning and preparing for your adventures ahead. Topics include: voyage preparation, training, marine first aid kits, common boating emergencies, hypothermia and cold water immersion.

7:00 pm Night Navigation
Stage #1 Concourse
Nancy Erley

How to travel safely after dark when you have to and stand a night watch at sea. A technically rich presentation covering night vision, navigation aids and lights on shore, vessel identification, collision avoidance at night, radar, night time deck safety protocols, watch scheduling and more.

February 8, 2022
12:00 pm Advanced Internet for Entrepreneurs, Remote Workers & Digital Nomads
Stage #1 Concourse
Richard Anderson

Are you a business owner, entrepreneur, remote worker, or digital nomad looking for more than just weather and email?  Have specific needs for your onboard connectivity in order to maintain or operate a business in your floating office?  This seminar is for you!  Emphasis on advanced cellular and satellite internet for boats that meets the needs of business applications from conference calling and email to video conferencing and more.

1:00 pm Unlocking Simple Sail Trim
Stage #1 Concourse
Chuck Skewes

The tips and tricks to simplify sail trim on your boat for performance and efficiency.

2:00 pm Unlocking Spinnakers: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical
Stage #1 Concourse
Chuck Skewes

We will go over the differences in spinnakers, how to rig them, when to use them, and how to trim them for safe simple operation.

3:00 pm Dirty Downrigger Tricks
Stage #1 Concourse
Tom Nelson

Salmon fishing with downriggers is one of the MOST utilized but LEAST understood technique. With decades of experience backing him up, “Nelly” will show you how to get the most out of these amazing “Fancy sinker” From beginners to the most experienced anglers, you’ll learn some tricks and techniques that will put more fish in your boat without losing downrigger balls, wire and your patience!

4:00 pm Albacore Basics: The Addiction Begins
Stage #1 Concourse
Del Stephens

This seminar covers how to find albacore using your electronics, internet resources and basic techniques used for years. It covers the basic gear needed and the different techniques to catch them.

5:00 pm Advanced Albacore: The Addiction is Real
Stage #1 Concourse
Del Stephens

The next step in refining your techniques for catching albacore tuna as well as additional techniques for catching them on tough days. It also covers how to set your boat up properly and using outriggers.

6:00 pm Anchoring & Docking

Webinar
Carolyn "Ace" Spragg

Docking and Anchoring do not have to be fearful events when boating. There is a step by step 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.

6:00 pm Building a Dock on Your Waterfront Property
Stage #1 Concourse
Randy Popp

This presentation will include a verbal and written description of the process involved in Permitting and Constructing a new dock on your Washington Waterfront Property. We are here to dispel some of the rumors you’ve heard about the process.

7:00 pm Cruising Destinations in the Pacific NW via Trailerable Cruisers
Stage #1 Concourse
Sandy Williamson

We’ve cruised nearly every place in Pac NW; in addition to all of Puget Sound from Olympia to mid-Vancouver Is. on both sides {Barclay, Desolation, Gulf Is. Sunshine coast–Princess Louisa, 2 big lakes in BC . Most of the Columbia river and its lakes. We will cover things to see and do in those places and logistics of guest docks, ramps, etc.

February 9, 2022
12:00 pm Upwind Sail Trim for Cruisers
Stage #1 Concourse
Andrew Kerr

How to maximize the shape and trim of your upwind sails for comfortable and fast cruising in all wind and sea conditions.

1:00 pm Staying Connected to the Internet While Coastal Cruising
Stage #1 Concourse
Doug Miller

How do you staying connected to the internet while boating? Whether a connection is required for working from your boat or you simply like to stay connected for accessing email, web, social media and streaming, this talk will discuss the various options that are available and show some sample implementations and how to get started.

2:00 pm Saltwater Structure Strategies
Stage #1 Concourse
Tom Nelson

Today’s anglers have the unique and unprecedented advantage of 24 hour access to tremendously accurate underwater cartography. Charts have never been better and on-board MFD’s (Multi-Function-Display) are likewise improving and becoming more affordable.

3:00 pm Unlocking Cruising Mexico
Stage #1 Concourse
Chuck Skewes

What to expect when sailing to Mexico as far as weather, preparation, and culture.

4:00 pm Boating Basics: 101
Stage #1 Concourse
Herb Hunt

New to boating? Don’t miss this seminar. We will cover the following: How to get onto the water safely with your family and friends as well as how receive Washington State Boaters Education. The presentation will also include basics on weather, tides, right of way, navigational aids to boat handling tools

5:00 pm Catching Large Halibut and Lingcod
Stage #1 Concourse
Tommy Donlin

Most halibut and lingcod fisherman can catch a halibut or lingcod but the tactics change when you’re focused on larger models. This seminar provides the tactics and approaches required to dial in the big fish game.

6:00 pm Tuna Tackle and Tactics
Stage #1 Concourse
Tommy Donlin

Let’s open up the tackle box and figure out what really entices tuna to bite. This seminar dives into the tackle and tactics required to put tuna on your vessel. Everything you need to know about gear for trolling, jigging, casting, and live bait.

6:00 pm Safety: Prepare for On-board Emergencies

Webinar
Margaret Pommert

Focusing on safety preparations for boating in the Pacific Northwest, we will ‘walk’ through emergency equipment and procedures preparation on a typical recreational boat. Participants will receive example checklists and templates for some safety procedures and list of specific resources for both racers and sail/power cruisers.

7:00 pm From the Salish Sea to San Diego on the Co Ho Ho Ho
Stage #1 Concourse
Doug Lombard & Bob Vizenor

Dreaming of heading offshore in search of adventure but have a lot of questions? The Coho Ho Ho a season of 13 Potluck style seminars delivered by industry experts in many fields, such as doctors, sail makers diesel mechanics, electricians, communication geeks and galley chefs who can answer questions about blue water sailing. Meet like-minded sailors, share information and find opportunities to crew offshore.

February 10, 2022
12:00 pm Patterning & Installing Foam Decking
Stage #1 Concourse
Dan Kaseler

Looking to upgrade your deck for grip, or cosmetics? Learn how to make a perfect pattern for any of the leading manufacturers. We will also review best practices for installation of various peel and stick products.

1:00 pm Docking Powerboats in NW Waters
Stage #1 Concourse
Mike Huston

A discussion of docking techniques for powerboats, slanted to fit our local docks and conditions. We will discuss preparation, line handling and maneuvering. Both single and double screws boats will be covered.

2:00 pm Choose the Correct Batteries for your Boat: Including New Lead Options, Proven Performers, and Lithium Options
Stage #1 Concourse
Michael Beemer

Managing power onboard your cruising vessel can be challenging and is always dependent on storage batteries. Battery technology and research is happening now more than ever, and the boating community is benefiting from it! Michael Beemer teaches new technicians every fall at Skagit Valley College and studies everything he can find about batteries. Over the past 20+ years he’s created many custom installations to meet unique criteria. We’ll cover many battery types and the attributes of each, including: tradition lead-based, new lead based, & lithium technologies during this seminar.

3:00 pm Triple Threat Salmon Angling
Stage #1 Concourse
Tom Nelson

There are three basic salmon fishing techniques and most anglers can identify themselves as moochers, jiggers or trollers. While there’s nothing wrong with being a specialist, the complete angler must also be aware that there are times and tides each day when one technique will out-produce all others. In this seminar, ?Nelly? will teach you the basics of each technique and describe the conditions that ultimately indicate the use of a particular technique!

4:00 pm Long Distance Solar Power Boating
Stage #1 Concourse
Joe Grez

Currently, long distance solar cruising is a reality for just a few visionary pioneers, but it’s actually a practical option for progressive mainstream cruisers too. This talk will go into what performance can be expected from a well-designed, zero-carbon-footprint solar powered boat and what the tech looks like. The positive experience and practicality of solar propulsion may surprise you.

5:00 pm Kayak Fishing in the PNW for the Multi-Species Angler
Stage #1 Concourse
Brad Hole

Kayak Fishing has exploded in recent years. Learn the advantages of fishing from a personal watercraft and some under the radar fisheries here in our back yard. We will cover freshwater and saltwater opportunities, tips and tactics. Bass, Crappie, Trout, Salmon and even Squid.

6:00 pm Weather
Stage #1 Concourse
Mark Bunzel

One of the worst experiences for you and your crew is when the weather turns bad – unexpectedly. But was it unexpected? With a few basic points you can look at the weather information available for mariners and determine whether you should go, or not go. We will provide the Waggoner checklist for weather to help.

6:00 pm Boat Selection for Offshore Cruising

Webinar
John Neal & Pete McGonagle

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 1,470,000 sea miles and 84 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 37-page e-book available.

7:00 pm Internet Everywhere: Satellite Internet in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond
Stage #1 Concourse
Richard Anderson

Looking to bridge the gap between marina Wi-Fi and cell towers to stay connected at all times? This seminar will cover the satellite options available today and, in the future, including Starlink, as well as how the region, geography, and vessel itself affect the performance of each option. Special emphasis on options for the Salish Sea and SE Alaska as well as options for global explorers.

February 11, 2022
10:00 am Twin Engine Power Boat Handling

Webinar
Linda Lewis

Twin-engine boats are great for maneuvering in tight spaces – once you know what to do – and you practice to build your skills. The single most important skill? Pivoting the boat in its own length, using gears and throttles, while accounting for boat momentum, wind and current. We’ll walk through the how-to of these important skills and docking strategies. Capt. Linda Lewis has taught hundreds of couples on the water in the Seattle WA area (www.privateboatinginstruction.com) emphasizing safety, boat handling procedures, communication and good teamwork.

12:00 pm Favorite Places for the Waggoner Cruising Guide and How to Cruise British Columbia
Stage #1 Concourse
Mark Bunzel

TBD

12:30 pm Cruising SE Alaska, Part 1

Webinar
Lorena & Leonard Landon

The ultimate Northwest boating destination; Southeast Alaska. The dream is here. You’ve arrived in Ketchikan. Now, where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare. Beyond cruising the most popular “trapline” destinations, Leonard and Lorena Landon, Managing Editors of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, will share how to explore the lesser traveled destinations. Topics include: trip planning; routing alternatives; what to expect in the way of weather, wind, & seas; anchorages & moorages; wildlife expectations; hot springs; ruins & relics; boardwalk villages; water & provisions; fuel & repairs; print & online references; VHF radio issues; communications/internet access via Cell/WiFi & other methods; information on permits and cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, LeConte Glacier, and other favorite locations like: Anan Bay Bear Observatory, Elfin Cove, and Hoonah; as well as off the beaten track locations like Yakutat and Point Baker. You’ll likely want more than one cruising season in Southeast Alaska for the many adventure opportunities in this glorious cruising ground. This seminar will help you make your choices and start your dream planning. In this two-part presentation, the Landons will cover preparation and destinations from Ketchikan through Juneau in the first half and destinations from Lynn Canal to Hydaburg and some of the lesser visited places in the second half.

1:00 pm Shorthanded Sailing Techniques
Stage #1 Concourse
John Neal

John shares valuable tips for setting up your boat plus procedures and checklists addressing: 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.

2:00 pm Learn How to Drift Mooch for Salmon Puget Sound Style
Stage #1 Concourse
Keith Robbins

Learn the basics and finer points of light tackle mooching for Salmon in Puget Sound. You will learn about tackle, techniques and locations. This is an all hands on method of quiet drift fishing for Salmon

3:00 pm Saltwater Fly Fishing in Puget Sound
Stage #1 Concourse
Keith Robbins

This is an introduction to Fly Fishing for Salmon and Coastal Cutthroat Trout. Learn how to find locations, tackle, types of flies and technique.

3:00 pm Cruising SE Alaska, Part 2

Webinar
Lorena & Leonard Landon

The ultimate Northwest boating destination; Southeast Alaska. The dream is here. You’ve arrived in Ketchikan. Now, where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare. Beyond cruising the most popular “trapline” destinations, Leonard and Lorena Landon, Managing Editors of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, will share how to explore the lesser traveled destinations. Topics include: trip planning; routing alternatives; what to expect in the way of weather, wind, & seas; anchorages & moorages; wildlife expectations; hot springs; ruins & relics; boardwalk villages; water & provisions; fuel & repairs; print & online references; VHF radio issues; communications/internet access via Cell/WiFi & other methods; information on permits and cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, LeConte Glacier, and other favorite locations like: Anan Bay Bear Observatory, Elfin Cove, and Hoonah; as well as off the beaten track locations like Yakutat and Point Baker. You’ll likely want more than one cruising season in Southeast Alaska for the many adventure opportunities in this glorious cruising ground. This seminar will help you make your choices and start your dream planning. In this two-part presentation, the Landons will cover preparation and destinations from Ketchikan through Juneau in the first half and destinations from Lynn Canal to Hydaburg and some of the lesser visited places in the second half.

4:00 pm What is Takes to Earn Your USCG Captain’s License
Stage #1 Concourse
Skip Anderson

Becoming Captain – a very detail-driven explanation of all the elements that go into earning your USCG Captain’s License, i.e. USCG-approved training, physical fitness, conduct suitability, sufficient sea service afloat, etc.

5:00 pm Boat Lifts for Beginners
Stage #1 Concourse
Bryce Hansen

This seminar will cover the process of getting a boat lift from beginning to end, starting with why consider a boat lift (corrosion, electrolysis, weather), then what to measure at your dock or slip and on your boat, what to expect leading up to and on installation day, annual upkeep after install and more.

6:00 pm Deep Water Salmon Trolling
Stage #1 Concourse
John Keizer

The Washington coast has the hot bed of king salmon fishing for jumbo size fall chinook. Capt. John Keizer will cover how to target these big returning king salmon and the newest specialized techniques required to catch big chinook in this 150-400ft deep water fishery off the coast.

7:00 pm Heavy Weather Tactics: Using Para-Anchors and Storm Drogues
Stage #1 Concourse
Zack Smith

Para-Anchor and storm drogue setups are explained in detail. Storm survival, drift control and emergency steering options for power, sail, monohull and multihull boats are discussed.

February 12, 2022
10:00 am Cruising Local – Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

Webinar
Mark Bunzel

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.

11:00 am Diesel Engine Essentials
Stage #1 Concourse
John Neal

John details the six essential components of diesel engines plus troubleshooting and preventative maintenance tips based on his 48 years and 380,000 of worldwide offshore experience.

12:00 pm Anchoring for NW Waters
Stage #1 Concourse
Mike Huston

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.

12:30 pm Cruising British Columbia

Webinar
Greg & Lori Bernard

As many of us look to head north again this next season, join Greg and Lori on the passage through British Columbia. From the Northern Georgia Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait, to Bella Bella and the amazing waterfalls through Grenville Channel and hot springs—these are worthy destinations in and of themselves. 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 Northern B.C. north to Alaska.

1:00 pm Docking Sailboats in NW Waters
Stage #1 Concourse
Mike Huston

A discussion of docking techniques for sailboats, slanted to fit our local docks and conditions. Starts with getting the boat and crew ready to dock and ends with a series of tips. In the middle we review common errors, boat maneuvering and line handling.

2:00 pm Lets get Squid Jiggy on the Boat!
Stage #1 Concourse
Paul Kim

Anglers, did you know we have a unique fishery in the Puget Sound that is open year around? Lets go squid jigging on the boat! This memorable and fun filled activity is great for crews of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll learn the biology, run timing, tackle, tactics, and how to use your boat and electronics to find Loligo Opalence aka Pacific Market Squid.

3:00 pm First 100% Solar Cruise to Alaska
Stage #1 Concourse
Alex Borton

This is the story of the first ever all solar voyage through the Inside Passage. It is also the story of the technology that makes it possible. Solar Sal Boats has been building 100% solar vessels since 2010. Our 44? Solaris is the first ever all solar USCG inspected passenger vessel. In 2018 we commissioned Sam Devlin to design and build Wayward Sun, the 27′ work of art that got us to Alaska.

3:00 pm Testing the Waters: The West Coast of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii

Webinar
Greg & Lori Bernard

The West Coast of Vancouver Island offers some of the wildest, most remote cruising that the West Coast of BC has to offer. For sailors, it also offers 350 miles of potential downwind ocean sailing in short, manageable sections. For many Pacific Northwest sailors, this trip serves as preparation for offshore sailing adventures. It also offers many miles of secluded, sheltered inlets and fiords, with many excellent anchorages, fine sandy beaches, small coastal villages, great fishing and abundant wildlife. With a keen weather eye, these features are also available to those traveling by power. This course will help to prepare boaters – power and sail – for voyages south from Port Hardy to Victoria (or Neah Bay), as well as provide strategies for experiencing a taste of the west coast by sailing north up Juan de Fuca to Barkley Sound.

4:00 pm Advantages of Charter Yacht Ownership
Stage #1 Concourse
Mike Lovell

Explore the Advantages of Charter Yacht Ownership- If you currently own or are planning to buy a new or pre-owned yacht to place into charter, this seminar is for you. Learn about tax advantages, earning income that will assist offsetting ownership costs, and other aspects of Charter Yacht Ownership. This is a great time to put your boat into charter, demand is high!

5:00 pm Top Bets for Catching Coastal Salmon
Stage #1 Concourse
Tommy Donlin

This seminar details the top destinations and tactics to put both Chinook and Coho Salmon in your freezer. Learn how to fish specific areas, utilize sonar, and rig top notch tackle. We’ll also cover run timing and how to rig a fool proof bait.

6:00 pm Radio Basics for Boats: VHF, AIS, SSB, MOB and PLB Demystified
Stage #1 Concourse
Richard Anderson

Learn about the use of VHF and SSB radios on board, and how they integrate with AIS, MOB, and PLB devices to enhance vessel and crew safety while cruising the coast or offshore.

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