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Free Boating & Fishing Seminars + Boat Show University Classes

Each year, the Seattle Boat Show features free boating and fishing seminars to help you conquer new seas and expand your knowledge of boating, taught by maritime experts who are excited to share their nautical know-how.

Seminars, sponsored by Sundance Yacht Sales, typically run in one hour segments and are free for show attendees in-person at Lumen Field Event Center.

Boat Show University classes, sponsored by Boat Insurance Agency, are longer and offer more in-depth instruction, available at Lumen Field Event Center in-person during the show or after the show online. These classes require a purchased ticket, outlined below.

  • 90-Minute Classes: $39, include Show Admission and Admission to ONE 90-Minute Class plus ONE Tunnel Club Drink Voucher.
  • 6-Hour Classes: $99, include Show Admission and Admission to ONE 6-Hour Class plus ONE Tunnel Club Drink Voucher.
  • All Aboard Package: $249, include Show Admission all 9 days of the show and Admission to ALL BSU classes, daily Tunnel Club drink voucher, as well as exclusive access to all BSU Class Recordings available online AFTER THE SHOW from 2/12 – 5/12. Access code will be sent by e-mail on 2/12.

Purchase BSU Class Packages HERE

Meet the Experts Daily Reception

Head to the Tunnel Club daily from 4 – 6 p.m. for our Meet the Experts Reception.

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Time Title Presenter Stage
Friday, Feb 2
10:30 am Desolation Sound & Broughton Archipelago (10:30am – 12:00pm)
Michael Beemer
Boat Show University
Friday, Feb 2

This course covers some of the most magical and easily accessible cruising in our area! Seasoned cruiser who has been cruising this area for 20+ years will teach you about clearing Canadian Customs, navigating through the Gulf Islands, selecting a weather window to cross the Strait of Georgia, where to go in Desolation Sound, how to anchor and stern tie, provision, and much more. The seminar will conclude with some highlights about the Broughton Archipelago. (This class is 1.5 hours long, 10:30am - 12:00pm).

12:30 pm Marine Weather: Making the Go/No-Go Decision (12:30pm – 2:00pm)
Mark Bunzel
Boat Show University
Friday, Feb 2

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. (This is a 1.5 hour class, 12:30pm - 2:00pm).

1:00 pm Planning Your First SE Alaskan Cruise
Elsie Hulsizer
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 2

SE Alaska is a maze of islands and channels in a land of forests and glaciers, all of which offer a plethora of cruising destinations. You can't see everything in one trip, so this talk helps you plan a route according to your interests and whether or not you plan a return trips to SE Alaska. Learn about the area's attractions and the routes for exploring this fascinating area.

1:15 pm Know Before You Go: Using Networked Ocean Observing Data to Plan a Safe Trip
Rachel Wold
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 2

Weather and sea surface conditions in the PNW are highly variable so mariners need accurate and up to date information when planning their next trip. The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) Boaters Apps is a free online portal with near real-time and forecasted ocean data, and tools like digital NOAA nautical charts, routing capabilities and marina information to safely navigate our waters.

2:00 pm Catching Large Halibut & Lingcod
Tommy Donlin
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 2

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.

2:00 pm Ceramic Coatings: Game Changer for Your Boat
Kevin VanderHeyden Jeff Paxon
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 2

In the past 5 years or so "Ceramic" has become a huge buzz word in the automotive and marine industry. In this seminar we will dive into what you need to know about ceramic as a boat owner. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there and we will cover a lot: Which products are the best? How much prep work is needed? How long will it last? What is the Cost? What will be the results?

2:15 pm Care & Feeding of an Offshore Cruising Boat
Giovanni & Julie Cappelli
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 2

Learn what it takes to prepare and maintain your boat (and crew!) if you aspire to sail offshore. Gio and Julie will teach you the essentials of making your boat unstoppable by keeping the water out, the people in, and the sails full.

2:15 pm Medicine at Sea: 5 Things to Know Before Leaving Port (2:15pm – 3:45pm)
John Taussig
Boat Show University
Friday, Feb 2

Spend time learning about the following topics -- 1) Patient Assessment, Life Threats, Trauma techniques, Medical Problems, Environmental concerns. Gain an overview of important medical topics vital to a safe passage. 2) Training: Explore what types of basic and specialty training are available to Mariners. 3) Medical Resources for Mariners: Medical aptitude has an expiration date. Explore popular resources to reference while underway 4) What is in the Medical Kit: Examine the most popular types of commercially available medical kits, a DIY kit, and equipment nuances that are important to know before you buy. 5) Prescription Medications: How to assess and procure a problem-based prescription medical kit before you voyage. This is a 1.5 hour class, 2:15pm - 3:45pm)

3:00 pm How to Find Tuna
Tommy Donlin
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 2

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.

3:00 pm Managing Your Boat’s Aging Electrical System
Mike Reese
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 2

Having a safe and enjoyable boating season requires a Spring maintenance plan to help ensure a reliable vessel for your voyages near and far. This seminar will cover what you need to know to get your boat ready for the season, including Using a checklist to ensure your boat is ready for the season, Spring engine maintenance tips, battery system maintenance, as well as head and LPG system care.

3:15 pm I Want to Buy a Boat: What Don’t I Know?
John Sheppard
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 2

Owning a boat is a fantastic way to bring friends and family together to create wonderful memories. Once you've decided to buy a boat there are many things to consider about boat ownership. We'll discuss ways to buy a boat, where to keep it, how to insurance it, what maintenance to expect, an overview of the regular and unforeseen expenses, and the laws and regulations that will effect you.

4:00 pm Staying Connected While Cruising in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond (4:00pm – 5:30pm)
Doug Miller
Boat Show University
Friday, Feb 2

Doug Miller (President, Onboard Wireless) will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest options and best practices for staying connected while cruising on your boat. Whether you just want a better signal for your cell phone in the San Juans, or you want a boat Wi-Fi network with internet access in the remote reaches of Alaska, or you want connectivity while crossing an ocean, this seminar will help you choose the right equipment and data plans. Topics covered: What is connectivity? Boat Wi-Fi networks. Cellular connectivity solutions. Satellite solutions including Starlink and personal messaging devices. Special considerations for the Pacific Northwest and recommended best practices What’s coming in the future? Additional resources. (This class is 1.5 hours long, 4:00pm - 5:30pm).

4:00 pm Using Currents in Trip Planning
Ace Spragg
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 2

How to take advantage of the tides and currents to get there faster.  Using Washburn Tables, Ports and Passes and online reference materials to make your trip easier. Includes a discussion of Sea State and how to predict "lumpy" conditions.

4:00 pm Utilizing GPS Guided Electric Bow Mount Motors to Maximize your Fishing Success
Paul Kim
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 2

You've probably seen more and more boats equipped with bow mounted electric motors. They are not just for freshwater and Bass fishing any more. Come hear about how to effectively use them to maximize your success for salmon, halibut, bottomfish and other species.

4:15 pm From Four Walls to a Hull: Is Living Aboard for You?
John Sheppard
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 2

Our family of four and two dogs moved aboard 6 years ago. Come learn about our hard won successes and some failures during our transition from our nuclear family home to a boat. We'll cover what it's like to live in this fun quirky way, tips, tricks, costs, and more. Your friends will think you're nuts, but once you do it you will never look back.

Saturday, Feb 3
10:30 am Cruising Southeast Alaska (10:30am – 5:00pm)
Leonard & Lorena Landon
Boat Show University
Saturday, Feb 3

The ultimate Northwest boating destination: Southeast Alaska. The dream is here and you can make it a reality. We start the cruise with the seemingly endless scenery, anchorages, and remote communities of the North B.C. coast between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert. Haida Gwaii and the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve are on our itinerary. We include tips for crossing Dixon Entrance and arriving in Ketchikan. Now, where to go, what to expect, and how to get the most from your time in Southeast Alaska. 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; information on permits and cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, LeConte Glacier, and other favorite locations like: Anan Bay Bear Observatory, Skagway, and Hoonah; as well as off the beaten track locations like Pelican, Elfin Cove, and Yakutat. 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 plans. In this three-part presentation, the Landon's will cover preparation, time-allocation planning, and destinations from Cape Caution, B.C. to Skagway, AK. (This is an all-day class, 10:30am - 5:00pm. There will be breaks during the class).

12:00 pm Boating Safety for Kids
Linda Martin
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 3

The Boating Safety 4 Kids seminar teaches what to look for when purchasing life jacket and why it is important to have it on at all times while in the boat. Just how cold is the water in Puget Sound? We will find out! And, if an adult falls overboard, we teach how a child can rescue them without endangering themselves.

12:15 pm New Boat=New Couples Challenges: How to Start Off Right
Linda Lewis
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 3

New adventures call for new ways of doing things. Working together smoothly on a boat calls for good communication, setting up 'best practices' procedures for your boat, practicing together. You will hear many couples-tested useful tips. Get a head start for your adventure.

1:00 pm Off Shore Cruising Panel
Garth Wilcox Sarah & Will Curry Wendy Hinman Barbara & Jim Cole Bill and Kathi Cuffel
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 3

What does it take to voyage offshore? How do you prepare and cope? Find out from a panel of experts, who have thousands of miles of ocean experience voyaging around the globe.

1:00 pm Successful Puget Sound Shrimping
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Saturday, Feb 3

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, tides, currents and places to get your limit of PRAWNS the first time… and every time!

1:15 pm Understanding the Rules of the Road
Richard Rodriguez
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 3

Learn the basics of the Rules and what to do when you encounter other vessels and large ships, (who has the right of way). Understand the Vessel Traffic System (shipping lanes). What do lights and sound signals mean? Dispel myths around the Rules. Bring your questions.

2:00 pm Off Shore Cruising Panel (cont)
Garth Wilcox Sarah & Will Curry Wendy Hinman Barbara & Jim Cole Bill and Kathi Cuffel
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 3

What does it take to voyage offshore? How do you prepare and cope? Find out from a panel of experts, who have thousands of miles of ocean experience voyaging around the globe.

2:00 pm Salmon Fishing the Coast & Puget Sound
John Keizer
Stage #3
Saturday, Feb 3

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. This seminar will also cover top salmon locations in Puget Sound and the different techniques for each of the areas.

2:15 pm Standing Rig & Offshore Systems
Lisa Vizzini
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 3

The basics of standing rig decision making. We will answer the question of how to know when you need new rigging. Also how to know if the boat you are buying will need new rigging. Practical information for sailors regarding the parts and pieces that make up the standing rig on your sail boat. How the parts are used and sized along with material choices, wear and tear, proper tension.

3:00 pm Circumnavigating the World on a Catamaran with Kids
James Utzschneider & Jenna Miller
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 3

Jenna Miller and Jamie Utzschneider circumnavigated the world on their Lagoon 500 catamaran Sophie, departing Seattle in 2012 and returning to Seattle in 2021. Their kids Leo and Hazel were 8 and 4 years-old when they departed. This talk provides an overview of what they learned during their trip, including routing, school, weather, repairs, catamaran sailing tactics, and the cruising lifestyle.

3:00 pm Dungeness Crabbing Curriculum
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Saturday, Feb 3

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!

3:15 pm Bluewater Adventures: 3 Boats and 30 Lessons Learned
Sarah & Will Curry
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 3

The bluewater cruising life is as extraordinary as you expect! And the learning opportunities NEVER end. We've parred down a decade of cruising experiences (on three successive boats) to our top pieces of honest, humble, and humorous advice for boat preparation, passage planning, weather, and a comfortable life aboard. Get the adventure started!

4:00 pm How to Maximize your Marine Electronics to Locate Fish
John Keizer
Stage #3
Saturday, Feb 3

Capt John Keizer is Captain 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. This seminar will also cover proper transducer placement, unit tuning and proper setup to maximize locating fish and the newest trends in electronics.

4:00 pm Sell Up & Set Sail!
John Neal
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 3

If you’ve caught the cruising bug from YouTube and are ready to point your bow toward the far horizon, this seminar will provide you the tools to locate, purchase, and outfit the highest quality boat within your budget, plus qualify for insurance and sail safely anywhere in the world. A detailed two-page checklist and 27-page eBook are included, and a 265-page guidebook is available. John Neal sailed away from Seattle on a Vega 27 in 1974. He has since helped more than 10,000 boaters realize their cruising dreams and is ready to help you do the same.

4:15 pm Sail Inventory and Handling
Erica Georgaklis
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 3

Selecting sails for your cruising vessel that will take you safely from calms to gales. Port Townsend Sails has been providing world-class Blue Water cruising sails for over 45 years, build in Port Townsend. We will discuss sail inventory, vessel types, cloth selection, rigging, and basic trim.

5:00 pm Alaska, an AMAZING Place!
Michael Beemer
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 3

Michael Beemer has been cruising the Inside Passage since 1992. This past summer a 2 month voyage turned out to be the most epic yet! Come listen to all the adventures and see the amazing photography from the trip!

Sunday, Feb 4
10:30 am Solar: Design & Installations (10:30am – 12:00pm)
Mike Reese
Boat Show University
Sunday, Feb 4

We all love our creature comforts, and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy cruiser’ quite like having plenty of power. Did you know that a solar array can pay for itself in as little as three years compared to charging with an internal combustion engine? And, your batteries will love you for it!  We have lots of new technologies and options for boaters – you'll enjoy learning about sun power! A sample of topics covered-- Designing a solar array for any boat; Series vs Parallel installations; How to control your solar energy; Comparison of solar panels, costs, and batteries; Installation requirements and options. (This is a 1.5 hour course, 10:30pm - 12:00pm).

11:00 am Self Steering Wind Vanes
Sarah & Will Curry
Stage #2
Sunday, Feb 4

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 No Impact Docking
Ace Spragg
Stage #1
Sunday, Feb 4

An overview of how to dock without fear (or damages!)  No yelling!  No leaping!  Slides, videos, handouts and tips for successful docking strategies and how to practice them. Prop walk, spring lines and tricks for boats without bow thrusters.

12:15 pm The One BIG Secret for a Safe Day on the Water
Phyllis Woolwine
Stage #2
Sunday, Feb 4

Captain Woolwine will take you through her number one planning secret for cruising on the Salish Sea or anywhere in the world - whether for a day fishing trip or an extended expedition up the Inside Passage. This process applies to everything from leaving the dock to an extended passage through treacherous waters, with many life/boat saving examples provided.

12:30 pm Taking Care of your Outboard Motor (12:30pm- 2:00pm)
Matt Mardesich
Boat Show University
Sunday, Feb 4

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. (This is a 1.5 hour class).

1:00 pm Anchoring Basics
Ace Spragg
Stage #1
Sunday, Feb 4

Get off the dock and enjoy cruising in your own private world! Choosing an anchorage and setting the hook securely. Feel confident on your anchor. Safe anchorages in the San Juans.

1:00 pm The Boys In the Boat: Panel Presentation (Ticket Required)
Kirk Knap Melanie Barstow John Tytus Yaz Farooq Eric Cohen
Club Level
Sunday, Feb 4

Hear the history of UW Rowing. Join us for a special panel presentation about the history of UW Rowing and the epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, hosted by UW Rowing historian, Eric Cohen. Cohen was one of Daniel James Brown’s first contacts when researching his 2013 novel, “Boys in the Boat”. Hear from Cohen and panelists: Kirk Knap, owner of Conny, the 1936 coaches’ boat Melanie Barstow, ASUW Shell House tour founder John Tytus, president of Pocock Racing Shells Yaz Farooq, Olympian and UW Women’s head coach The level of rowing experience and inside knowledge of the “Boys in the Boat” story and movie is unsurpassed with this group. It is the first time all of them will be together for a presentation and will make for a highly entertaining and fascinating inside look at this story. Tickets are $20 or $39 which includes single day admission to the boat show and admittance to the panel presentation.
Purchase Tickets Here

1:15 pm Mainsail Trim & Material Selection
Erica Georgaklis
Stage #2
Sunday, Feb 4

An in-depth look at Mainsails and other sails flown aft the mast: their construction, material selection, and what will contribute to excellent shape stability and superb longevity.

2:00 pm Buying the Right Cruising Boat for YOU!
John Neal
Stage #1
Sunday, Feb 4

John Neal shares his proven 22-point roadmap for identifying and purchasing a boat for extended voyaging. Take advantage of John’s 400,000 sea miles, 50 years of experience, and worldwide knowledge of boats, builders, and cruising to hone your search for the right cruising boat for YOU. Plus learn about the latest trends in boatbuilding and cruising. A free handout and 37-page eBook are included.

2:00 pm Getting Started Downrigger Fishing for Salmon with Anglers Unlimited
Jamie Peth
Stage #3
Sunday, Feb 4

If you are new to salmon fishing then this conversation is for you. This seminar will cover: How to get set up for salmon fishing. Where and how to find fish. How to read tides and current. How to choose a spot to fish. Fishing with the family & tips to have successful first outing with the kiddos

2:15 pm Headsail Trim & Material Selection
Erica Georgaklis
Stage #2
Sunday, Feb 4

An elaboration on our Sail Inventory Talk. An in-depth look at a variety of headsails: their construction, material selection, and what will contribute to excellent shape stability and superb longevity. In addition, what constitutes the most efficient inventory without sacrificing redundancy.

2:15 pm Mastering Navionics App to Sharpen Your Navigation Skills, Part 1 (2:15pm-3:45pm)
Linda Lewis
Boat Show University
Sunday, Feb 4

“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. (This class is 1.5 hours, 2:15 - 3:45pm).

3:00 pm Ask the Experts: An Open Q & A from some of the NW’s Best Fishermen
Jamie Peth Mike Henderson Scott Propst Steve Chamberlin Steve Stout
Stage #3
Sunday, Feb 4

Continued. Join us for an exclusive and enlightening panel discussion on the diverse and dynamic world of saltwater fishing. Our panel of seasoned experts, each with their unique fishing backgrounds and areas of expertise, will share their knowledge, tips, and advanced strategies to help you become a more successful and effective Puget Sound angler.

3:00 pm Dream It, Build It: Boatbuilding in the Pacific Northwest
Scott Jones
Stage #1
Sunday, Feb 4

The Pacific Northwest is known for its stunning vistas and welcoming harborsbu t also for its robust community of DIY boat builders and top-notch boatbuilding classes. Join Scott Jones from Duckworks Boat Builders Supply to learn how modern "stitch and glue" boatbuilding kits and techniques make building your own boat an affordable, fun and rewarding way to get yourself on the water.

3:15 pm Understanding the Weather on the Inside Passage
Mark Bunzel
Stage #2
Sunday, Feb 4

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4:00 pm Alaska, an AMAZING Place!
Michael Beemer
Stage #1
Sunday, Feb 4

Michael Beemer has been cruising the Inside Passage since 1992. This past summer a 2 month voyage turned out to be the most epic yet! Come listen to all the adventures and see the amazing photography from the trip!

4:00 pm Ask the Experts: An Open Q & A from some of the NW’s Best Fishermen Cont.
Jamie Peth Mike Henderson Scott Propst Steve Chamberlin Steve Stout
Stage #3
Sunday, Feb 4

Join us for an exclusive and enlightening panel discussion on the diverse and dynamic world of saltwater fishing. Our panel of seasoned experts, each with their unique fishing backgrounds and areas of expertise, will share their knowledge, tips, and advanced strategies to help you become a more successful and effective Puget Sound angler.

4:00 pm Mastering Navionics App to Sharpen Your Navigation Skills, Part 2 (4:00pm – 5:30pm)
Linda Lewis
Boat Show University
Sunday, Feb 4

“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. (This is a1.5 hour long class, 4:00pm - 5:30pm).

4:15 pm Is an Electric Outboard Engine for Me?
Joe Grez
Stage #2
Sunday, Feb 4

Joe will present a snapshot of today's electric outboard options; from the ultra-portable EP Carry to todays 100hp+ pre-production units. Listing will be by application, cost, manufacturing origin, availability, and how they are rated. The talk will also include theoretical superiority limits for electric in terms of lifetime, serviceability, performance, range, and weight.

Monday, Feb 5
10:30 am Women’s Day: Radar/AIS; Inboard Engines; Currents; Lifesling (10:30am – 5:00pm)
Linda Lewis Margaret Pommert
Boat Show University
Monday, Feb 5

Join other women and learn about: Understanding Radar/AIS; Working with Diesel Engines; Mastering Currents/Tidal Rapids; Using the Lifesling on Sailboats and Power Boats. Capt. Margaret Pommert and Capt. Linda Lewis will work with you on these topics.

11:15 am Welcome to Wake/Surf for Women and Girls of all Ages
Pam Miller
Stage #2
Monday, Feb 5

You’re invited to learn about Sisters in Action Sports and what you need to know to participate in a clinic. This presentation will include boating safety, the gear needed for Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing and what you can learn and expect from the experience. Please bring your questions.

12:00 pm Anchoring Basics
Ace Spragg
Stage #1
Monday, Feb 5

Get off the dock and enjoy cruising in your own private world! Choosing an anchorage and setting the hook securely. Feel confident on your anchor. Safe anchorages in the San Juans.

12:15 pm The One BIG Secret for a Safe Day on the Water
Phyllis Woolwine
Stage #2
Monday, Feb 5

Captain Woolwine will take you through her number one planning secret for cruising on the Salish Sea or anywhere in the world - whether for a day fishing trip or an extended expedition up the Inside Passage. This process applies to everything from leaving the dock to an extended passage through treacherous waters, with many life/boat saving examples provided.

1:00 pm Keeping Your Relationship Afloat
Wendy Hinman
Stage #1
Monday, Feb 5

Venturing off in a boat puts new pressures on even well-established relationships. Learn techniques for addressing the diverse needs of a crew and dissipating tension aboard so you enjoy the places you visit and an unusual way of traveling there. Wendy discusses how to find balance in a small, sometimes violently rocking environment, while facing the new challenges that cruising can present.

1:00 pm Reel Women Fish: Women’s Salmon Fishing Workshop
Jamie Peth Kendra Fisher Karey Small Brianna Bruce Leanna Gardiner
Stage #3
Monday, Feb 5

If you're a woman new to the world of saltwater fishing, this discussion is tailored just for you. Join us for a captivating conversation featuring a diverse panel of female anglers with varying levels of experience as they unveil their journey towards becoming skilled and confident fisherwomen.

1:15 pm Sail Inventory and Handling
Erica Georgaklis
Stage #2
Monday, Feb 5

Selecting sails for your cruising vessel that will take you safely from calms to gales. Port Townsend Sails has been providing world-class Blue Water cruising sails for over 45 years, build in Port Townsend. We will discuss sail inventory, vessel types, cloth selection, rigging, and basic trim.

2:00 pm No Impact Docking
Ace Spragg
Stage #1
Monday, Feb 5

An overview of how to dock without fear (or damages!)  No yelling!  No leaping!  Slides, videos, handouts and tips for successful docking strategies and how to practice them. Prop walk, spring lines and tricks for boats without bow thrusters.

2:00 pm Reel Women Fish: Women’s Salmon Fishing Workshop cont.
Jamie Peth Kendra Fisher Karey Small Brianna Bruce Leanna Gardiner
Stage #3
Monday, Feb 5

If you're a woman new to the world of saltwater fishing, this discussion is tailored just for you. Join us for a captivating conversation featuring a diverse panel of female anglers with varying levels of experience as they unveil their journey towards becoming skilled and confident fisherwomen.

2:15 pm NW Cruising for Newbies
Elsie Hulsizer
Stage #2
Monday, Feb 5

Are you trying to choose between Desolation Sound or Haida Gwaii? Looking for adventure or a day on the beach? Learn how to select a destination suitable for your crew, your boat, and the season; which destinations are doable for a two week vacation; which require a whole summer; and which are suitable for cruising newcomers.

3:00 pm Digging Deep: How to Get Started Targeting Razor Clams in Washington
Jamie Peth
Stage #3
Monday, Feb 5

Do you keep seeing those “clamming opener” emails from WDFW, but you have no idea where or how to plan your first clamming trip? Then this seminar is for you! Join Scott and Jamie from Anglers Unlimited as they cover everything you need to know to go out on your first clamming expedition! They will teach you the simple techniques for spotting, digging, and harvesting razor clams from sand to supper.

3:00 pm Making of a Sailor
Joy Archer Wendy Hinman Christa Bassett Ross Lindsey Lind Lisa Cole
Stage #1
Monday, Feb 5

In this double session panel will be geared towards women who are new sailing. Enjoy hearing from an eclectic group of women with various levels of experience revealing how they evolved into the confident sailors they've become.

3:15 pm Top Tips from a Marine Mechanic
Meredith Anderson
Stage #2
Monday, Feb 5

Top tips for maintaining, operating and repairing your diesel onboard your boat. Focusing on inspection, diagnosis and repair of issues commonly missed.

4:00 pm Couples Fishing Therapy: How to Create a Winning Fishing Experience for Couples
Jamie Peth
Stage #3
Monday, Feb 5

Want to take your other half out fishing, but not quite sure how to manage everything and guarantee a great day? Then this panel is for you! There is no better way to master the art of communication than high intensity moments on the boat! Join two couples as they share their journey to fish-slaying success as a duo on the water and pick up strategies to create memories for all the right reasons!

4:00 pm Making of a Sailor (cont)
Joy Archer Wendy Hinman Christa Bassett Ross Lindsey Lind Lisa Cole
Stage #1
Monday, Feb 5

In this double session panel will be geared towards women who are new sailing. Enjoy hearing from an eclectic group of women with various levels of experience revealing how they evolved into the confident sailors they've become.

4:15 pm Exploring SE Alaska’s Native Villages
Elsie Hulsizer
Stage #2
Monday, Feb 5

Totem poles, native dancing and other art are undergoing a renaissance throughout SE Alaska, which makes for an exciting time as Native villages welcome visitors. Learn about the different villages, their locations, their history, people, art and culture, and the opportunities to join in celebrations.

Tuesday, Feb 6
10:30 am Introduction to Offshore Sailing (10:30am – 5:00pm)
John Neal
Boat Show University
Tuesday, Feb 6

Dreaming of sailing across our oceans? Spend a day with John Neal learning from his vast experiences about offshore passages, weather strategies, being safe, enjoying exotic anchorages, and latest trends to consider when purchasing a boat for extended voyaging. (This is an all day class from 10:30am - 5:00pm with breaks).

12:00 pm Top 10 Place Not to Go in the San Juan and Gulf Island- and Those Not to Miss!
Mark Bunzel
Stage #1
Tuesday, Feb 6

TBA

12:15 pm Electronic Charts: Important and New Information You Need to Know
Pamela Chelgren-Koterba
Stage #2
Tuesday, Feb 6

Changes in navigation, NOAA's Raster (paper) Charts retiring (SJI charts=gone). Navigation products for recreational don't need to replicate NOAA products nor comply with nav needs of commercial ships. NOAA & USSCG have products/weblinks to help fill gaps. Electronic navigation tools being developed &sold which enhance safely navigating. Need to understand their attributes to make navigating safer. Be Informed!

1:00 pm Blueprint to Sustainability: Plan Your Boat’s Electrical System Improvements
Jeff Cote
Stage #1
Tuesday, Feb 6

Join us at ‘Blueprint to Sustainability’ where expert Jeff Cote from Pacific Yacht Systems shares his practical experience to improve your boat’s electrical system. This presentation will guide you through the common building blocks of a sustainable electrical system, designed to significantly reduce your reliance on engine(s) and/or generator(s). Discover how you can extend your time at anchor, minimize the need for marina plug-ins, and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Learn how these eco-friendly upgrades not only enhance your boating experience but also lead to lower engine maintenance costs. Embark on a journey with PYS to plan and transform your boat’s power system for a more sustainable, cost-efficient, and enjoyable boating experience.

1:00 pm Dirty Downrigger Tricks
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Tuesday, Feb 6

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 sinkers”! 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 mind!

1:15 pm Chartplotters, Apps, or Both?
Dave Rowe Jeff Foulk
Stage #2
Tuesday, Feb 6

This session will cover the pros and cons of modern chartplotters and the latest mobile navigation apps. It will also offer insights on where this new wave of navigation technology is heading, and some of the players involved, so that you can choose what is best for your boating future whether you are a weekend boater, full time cruiser or fisherman.

2:00 pm Lingcod 101
Joe Pyburn
Stage #3
Tuesday, Feb 6

Toothy, tackle-busting and tasty, lingcod can be found in virtually all areas of Puget Sound. When the season opens on May first will you be ready? Joey Pyburn of Ray's Baits and the Outdoor Line Radio Show is here to point you in the right direction! Joey will walk you through live bait, hardware and rigged bait presentations from the point of the hook right to the rod butt! From finding lings in structure, efficiently fishing for and cleanly filleting your catch, this seminar has something for everyone from the new lingcod novice to the expert angler. Joey Pyburn will cover the techniques that each type of structure requires from the sandy, mixed rock of Possession Bar to the reefs of the San Juan Islands, the Tacoma Narrows to Neah Bay, Pyburn has fished it all successfully. Pyburn's experience and insight will bolster your confidence  and your new found positive fishing attitude will ensure that your next outing will produce some spring lings in your fishbox!

2:00 pm Proper Use of Radar for Collision Avoidance & Navigation
John Sheppard
Stage #1
Tuesday, Feb 6

Today's electronics are quite amazing. However, knowledge, skill and practice is required to make the most of the technology. Come learn how to configure your radar settings, target and vector management, what is MARPA and how it can help you, integration of AIS, and more.

2:15 pm Unlocking Spinnakers: What is Best and Most Reliable For You
Chuck Skewes
Stage #2
Tuesday, Feb 6

What spinnaker is best for you, and what system for that spinnaker is the most reliable? Come see the options and what you will get the most use of.

3:00 pm Saltwater Structure Strategies
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Tuesday, Feb 6

Today’s anglers have the unique and unprecedented advantage of 24-hour access to tremendously accurate underwater cartography. Hyper-accurate electronic charts have never been better and on-board MFD’s (Multi-Function-Displays) are likewise improving, providing personal depth recording and becoming more affordable. Somehow lost in this technological “arms race” of marine electronics is a basic systematic approach to utilize these tools to find fish faster. Using the charts that we can now access on our phones, tablets and our boats we can now use the knowledge of underwater geology to unlock the fishes biology!

3:00 pm Tender Talk: Finding the Best Dinghy for You
Katie Malik
Stage #1
Tuesday, Feb 6

The ideal yacht tender is more than just a ship-to-shore boat; it's a fun vessel that you look forward to using in its own right. Learn the pros and cons of inflatables, RIBs, and traditional rigid dinghies, and how to choose the one that best complements your mothership and enriches your life on the water. Whether you want to row, sail, or motor, there's a dinghy that's right for you.

3:15 pm Getting Your Boat Ready for the Season
Mike Reese
Stage #2
Tuesday, Feb 6

Having a safe and enjoyable boating season requires a Spring maintenance plan to help ensure a reliable vessel for your voyages near and far. This seminar will cover what you need to know to get your boat ready for the season, including Using a checklist to ensure your boat is ready for the season, Spring engine maintenance tips, battery system maintenance, as well as head and LPG system care.

4:00 pm Straits Halibut: How and Where
Joe Pyburn
Stage #3
Tuesday, Feb 6

If there's a species that is at the top of continuing to challenge and elude anglers regionally, the pacific halibut in the Straits of Juan de Fuca leads the pack. Limited days, spring tides, epically vast structure, swift currents and yes, the weather all conspire to limit the amount of this amazing, tasty and healthful white meat that reaches our tables. Join Joey Pyburn of Ray's Baits and The Outdoor Line Radio show as he unlocks this fishery from a tackle, tactical and topographic perspective. Joey Pyburn will cover anchoring, drifting, reading water, current flow concepts and the all-important durable bait presentations that will produce a halibut-attracting scent trail but not be stripped by the first strike. This will be a special season for halibut as our days on the water and catch quota will be increasing to the largest levels in a decade!

4:00 pm Top 5 Tips for Staying Connected While Cruising
Doug Miller
Stage #1
Tuesday, Feb 6

Staying connected to the internet and having the ability to make voice and video calls has become essential for most cruisers. There are lots of options for staying connected including satellite solutions such as Starlink, cellular routers and Wi-Fi-based systems. Each comes with its own benefits and challenges. Topics covered will include costs and plans, power considerations, antennas and more.

4:15 pm Choosing the Right Marine Canvas for Your Boat
Mike Reese
Stage #2
Tuesday, Feb 6

Good marine canvas protects your investment and helps to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the water. Join us for a look at the types of canvas products for your boat and the design and material considerations that should be explored when ordering new canvas. Also, Proper care of your boat's canvas and how to make effective repairs while on the water will also be discussed.

Wednesday, Feb 7
10:30 am Heating Systems: Selecting the Best System for Your Boat (10:30am – 12:00pm)
Mike Reese
Boat Show University
Wednesday, Feb 7

Discover the secret of year-round cruising comfort - warm cabins and hot water in Fall & Winter! Get rid of the damp cushions and moldy Musto's by adding heat and circulation - the most desired upgrade to a Pacific Northwest cruising boat. If properly sized, installed and maintained a heating system should allow you four season cruising in our Pacific Northwest. Mike will cover sizing, designing and selecting your heater, maintenance for your heating system, cost analysis and other things to consider for upgrading/adding heat to your vessel. (This is a 1.5 hour class, 10:30am - 12:00pm).

12:00 pm Planning Your First SE Alaskan Cruise
Elsie Hulsizer
Stage #1
Wednesday, Feb 7

SE Alaska is a maze of islands and channels in a land of forests and glaciers, all of which offer a plethora of cruising destinations. You can't see everything in one trip, so this talk helps you plan a route according to your interests and whether or not you plan a return trips to SE Alaska. Learn about the area's attractions and the routes for exploring this fascinating area.

12:15 pm Heavy Weather Tactics: Using Para Anchors and Storm Drogues
Zack Smith
Stage #2
Wednesday, Feb 7

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.

12:30 pm Anchoring & Docking Made Easy! (12:30pm – 2:00pm)
Ace Spragg
Boat Show University
Wednesday, Feb 7

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. (This is a 1.5 hour class, 12:30pm - 2pm).

1:00 pm Dirty Downrigger Tricks
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Wednesday, Feb 7

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 sinkers”! 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 mind!

1:00 pm Short Handed Sailing Techniques
John Neal
Stage #1
Wednesday, Feb 7

John Neal 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.

1:15 pm Chartplotters, Apps, or Both?
Dave Rowe Jeff Foulk
Stage #2
Wednesday, Feb 7

This session will cover the pros and cons of modern chartplotters and the latest mobile navigation apps. It will also offer insights on where this new wave of navigation technology is heading, and some of the players involved, so that you can choose what is best for your boating future whether you are a weekend boater, full time cruiser or fisherman.

2:00 pm Puget Sound Bait
Joe Pyburn
Stage #3
Wednesday, Feb 7

TBA

2:00 pm Storm Avoidance & Survival Tactics
John Neal
Stage #1
Wednesday, Feb 7

Survival becomes critical when storm avoidance is no longer an option. John Neal shows you the safest survival tactics for all types of vessels including some radical new techniques based on his 400,000 ocean miles and 50 years’ experience including decades of sailing in the Southern and Arctic Oceans and Barents Sea, six Cape Horn roundings, two Drake Passage crossings, surviving two cyclones plus the 1994 Queen’s Birthday Storm. The 25-page ebook, Storm Survival Tactics is included in the price of this seminar.

2:15 pm Navigation: Understanding, A.I.S, Radar, & Modern Techniques for Collision Avoidance (2:15pm – 3:45pm)
Mark Bunzel
Boat Show University
Wednesday, Feb 7

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. (This is a 1.5 hour class, 2:15pm-3:45pm).

2:15 pm Running Your Boat with CONFIDENCE: Let’s Relax and Have Fun!
Trevor MacLachlan
Stage #2
Wednesday, Feb 7

People usually buy a boat to relax and have fun. Yet it's human nature to feel anxiety creep in when you faced with uncertainty. Like anything else in life, "it's easy if you know it". We help filter out all the clutter and break down into easy steps what you really need to know to become comfortable and empowered to safely operate your new boat!

3:00 pm Docking: Two People, One Line, Any Conditions, Full Control
Phyllis Woolwine
Stage #1
Wednesday, Feb 7

Docking with dynamic springlines has rapidly become a lost art - with devastating results in marinas all around the world, not the least in the Northwest. Captain Phyllis Woolwine specializes in training boaters of all types to use springlines to maximize safety and control of their boat leaving and returning to the dock - every time, in any conditions.

3:00 pm Dungeness Crabbing Curriculum
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Wednesday, Feb 7

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!

3:15 pm Do you Really Know the Rules of the Road?
John Sheppard
Stage #2
Wednesday, Feb 7

Learn the full COLREGS from a working mariner. We'll cover Rules of the Road basics, but also dive into more detail on the nuanced rules. Topics covered will include conduct of vessels in proximity to one another, making passing arrangements, proper sound signals, lights, Rule 10 and how it effects recreational boaters, and much more.

4:00 pm Cruising the Outside of Vancouver Island (4:00pm – 5:30pm)
Giovanni & Julie Cappelli
Boat Show University
Wednesday, Feb 7

The wild west coast of Vancouver Island offers some of the most stunning and remote cruising that British Columbia has to offer. With 350 miles of potentially downwind sailing that can be tackled in short, manageable legs, this trip makes an excellent shakedown for future offshore sailing adventures. You’ll find miles of secluded, sheltered inlets and fjords, exquisite anchorages, breathtaking beaches, abundant wildlife, small coastal villages, and of course, incomparable fishing. With a keen weather eye, powerboats can also experience the beauty and solitude of the west coast. This course will help prepare boaters – both power and sail – for voyages south from Port Hardy to Victoria or Neah Bay. It will also provide strategies for experiencing a taste of the west coast by sailing north to Barkley Sound via the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (This is a 1.5-hour class, 4:00pm - 5:30pm).

4:00 pm Straits Halibut: How and Where
Joe Pyburn
Stage #3
Wednesday, Feb 7

If there's a species that is at the top of continuing to challenge and elude anglers regionally, the pacific halibut in the Straits of Juan de Fuca leads the pack. Limited days, spring tides, epically vast structure, swift currents and yes, the weather all conspire to limit the amount of this amazing, tasty and healthful white meat that reaches our tables. Join Joey Pyburn of Ray's Baits and The Outdoor Line Radio show as he unlocks this fishery from a tackle, tactical and topographic perspective. Joey Pyburn will cover anchoring, drifting, reading water, current flow concepts and the all-important durable bait presentations that will produce a halibut-attracting scent trail but not be stripped by the first strike. This will be a special season for halibut as our days on the water and catch quota will be increasing to the largest levels in a decade!

4:00 pm Top 5 Tips for Staying Connected While Cruising
Doug Miller
Stage #1
Wednesday, Feb 7

Staying connected to the internet and having the ability to make voice and video calls has become essential for most cruisers. There are lots of options for staying connected including satellite solutions such as Starlink, cellular routers and Wi-Fi-based systems. Each comes with its own benefits and challenges. Topics covered will include costs and plans, power considerations, antennas and more.

4:15 pm Boat Sharing Clubs 101: A Modern Take on Boating
Eric Rhyne
Stage #2
Wednesday, Feb 7

Advancements in technology and a shift to the sharing economy have changed the way many people choose to use assets, including boats. New sharing models now allow people to enjoy the boating lifestyle without the commitment 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.

Thursday, Feb 8
10:30 am Marine Electrical Design & Installations (10:30am – 5:00pm)
Michael Beemer Nigel Calder
Boat Show University
Thursday, Feb 8

Electrical systems are now the number one cause of problems on boats that have anything more than a rudimentary electrical system. Most problems can be traced to inadequate design and/or poor installation. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling ‘Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ (now in its fourth edition) will begin with a description of key design criteria that must be met if a DC system is to meet the needs of the boatowner. In the process, we will reference some of the newer technologies that are likely to transform the performance of electrical systems in coming years. Then we will delve into basic installation requirements that comply with boatbuilding and safety standards, but which unfortunately are often not met. This includes the important, and often neglected, provision of adequate over-current protection. We will round out the day by looking at simple multimeter troubleshooting techniques that can be safely conducted by any boat owner. This seminar is designed for the inexperienced and requires no prior knowledge although it will be challenging for some. It will help you understand your own electrical systems and to nip many common problems in the bud. (This is an all-day class, 10:30am - 5:00pm).

12:00 pm Cruising with Your Pet Cats & Dogs
Elsie Hulsizer Diane Lander
Stage #1
Thursday, Feb 8

How to help your pets adjust to life onboard, keep them safe and meet their special needs. Learn about life jackets, harnesses, pet beds, and where to put the litter box

12:00 pm Dungeness Crabbing Curriculum
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Thursday, Feb 8

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!

12:15 pm Cruising Is/Isn’t My Partners Dream: What Now?
Joy Archer Harry Pattison
Stage #2
Thursday, Feb 8

When it comes to cruising, there's a common gap between the partner who dreams of sailing the world and the partner who doesn't. How do you talk about fears? How do you get to the root of issues together? Addressing this gap with respect and kindness is the only way to success. We did this together over a period of years; we've distilled our experience so you can get there more quickly.

1:00 pm Cruising to Alaska: An Introduction (You Can Do It!)
Mark Bunzel
Stage #1
Thursday, Feb 8
1:00 pm Top Bets for Catching Coastal Salmon
Tommy Donlin
Stage #3
Thursday, Feb 8

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.

1:15 pm Cape Horn Solo
Howard Rice
Stage #2
Thursday, Feb 8

Small boat sailor Howard Rice will present the story of one mans dream of rounding Cape Horn aboard a 15 foot wood canvas sailing canoe. During a 91 day solo self contained voyage he doubled Cape Horn and then explored west up the infamous Beagle Channel against the prevailing westerlies.

2:00 pm Boat Canvas for the Do-It-Yourselfer
Mike Reese
Stage #1
Thursday, Feb 8

Are you interested in creating, repairing, and maintaining your boat's marine canvas? In DIY boat canvas, we look at the projects suitable for the do-it-yourselfer and the tools and materials needed to create attractive and functional canvas products for any vessel. We'll also discuss other ways to get hands-on training to help ensure your long-term success.

2:00 pm Successful Puget Sound Shrimping
Thomas Nelson
Stage #3
Thursday, Feb 8

Today’s anglers have the unique and unprecedented advantage of 24-hour access to tremendously accurate underwater cartography. Hyper-accurate electronic charts have never been better and on-board MFD’s (Multi-Function-Displays) are likewise improving, providing personal depth recording and becoming more affordable. Somehow lost in this technological “arms race” of marine electronics is a basic systematic approach to utilize these tools to find fish faster. Using the charts that we can now access on our phones, tablets and our boats we can now use the knowledge of underwater geology to unlock the fishes biology!

2:15 pm Electronic Charts: Important and New Information You Need to Know
Pamela Chelgren-Koterba
Stage #2
Thursday, Feb 8

Changes in navigation, NOAA's Raster (paper) Charts retiring (SJI charts=gone). Navigation products for recreational don't need to replicate NOAA products nor comply with nav needs of commercial ships. NOAA & USSCG have products/weblinks to help fill gaps. Electronic navigation tools being developed &sold which enhance safely navigating. Need to understand their attributes to make navigating safer. Be Informed!

3:00 pm From Poop to Policy: What Feces Can Tell Us About the Health of the Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales
Deborah Giles
Stage #3
Thursday, Feb 8

Eba, the whale scat sniffing dog who has been featured on the BBC, PBS, Netflix and DisneyPlus is making a special appearance at the Seattle Boat Show. Eba works alongside her owner, killer whale research biologist Dr. Deborah Giles (aka Giles) of Wild Orca to sniff out orca scat. The scat tells the story of the challenges the orcas are facing—from toxicity and stress levels to reproductive health and more. Eba’s efforts contribute to Wild Orca’s life-saving work to help protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Any day of the year, when weather allows and the Southern Residents are in Salish Sea, Eba and Giles go out on Wild Orca’s research boat from their homeport of Snug Harbor on the west side of San Juan Island. Giles and Eba will give a special presentation highlighting Wild Orca’s conservation research and offer ways for the public in attendance to get involved with actions and activities that can help the whales. Giles is one of the world’s leading experts on the Southern Resident killer whales and is the Research Director for Wild Orca, monitoring the Southern Resident killer whales’ health through non-invasive sampling with Eba. Wild Orca’s mission is to save the whales from extinction by conducting on-the-water conservation research, collecting and analyzing fecal samples, and putting the findings into the hands of the public and policymakers so that meaningful actions can be taken to reverse the declining trend in the population.

3:00 pm Wi-Fi, Cellular & Satellite: Making It All Work Together on Your Boat
Richard Anderson
Stage #1
Thursday, Feb 8

Learn how you can create a single network on board that gives you the connectivity you need no matter where you are. Merge Wi-Fi, cellular, and satellite into a single solution that also allows for vessel tracking, weather downloads, emergency communications, and more.

3:15 pm Unlocking the Advantages of Cruising in a Cruising Rally
Chuck Skewes
Stage #2
Thursday, Feb 8

Whether you are going for a short trip, sailing off to Mexico, or the South Pacific. There are numerous advantages of joining one or more of the many rallys.

4:00 pm Demystifying Starlink Internet for the Boat Owner
Richard Anderson
Stage #1
Thursday, Feb 8

Interested in how Starlink works on boats? This seminar covers everything you ever wanted to know about Starlink and it's use on boats ? How it works, where it works, what is costs, differences between plans and hardware models. Also learn how to power and mount it, limitations, risks, and how to enhance the reliability of the service with additional hardware.

4:00 pm Straits Halibut: How and Where
Joe Pyburn
Stage #3
Thursday, Feb 8

If there's a species that is at the top of continuing to challenge and elude anglers regionally, the pacific halibut in the Straits of Juan de Fuca leads the pack. Limited days, spring tides, epically vast structure, swift currents and yes, the weather all conspire to limit the amount of this amazing, tasty and healthful white meat that reaches our tables. Join Joey Pyburn of Ray's Baits and The Outdoor Line Radio show as he unlocks this fishery from a tackle, tactical and topographic perspective. Joey Pyburn will cover anchoring, drifting, reading water, current flow concepts and the all-important durable bait presentations that will produce a halibut-attracting scent trail but not be stripped by the first strike. This will be a special season for halibut as our days on the water and catch quota will be increasing to the largest levels in a decade!

4:15 pm Boat Graphics & Wraps: Possibilities & Limitations
Brad Cole
Stage #2
Thursday, Feb 8

When it comes to making your boat look good, there are many options from painting to vinyl wrapping. Brad has been working with vinyl for 30 years. He has solid advice on when wrapping a boat makes sense and when it wont work. Learn a little history about the evolution of self adhesive vinyl and its many uses.

Friday, Feb 9
10:30 am Marine Diesel Engines (10:30pm – 5:00pm)
Michael Beemer Nigel Calder
Boat Show University
Friday, Feb 9

The diesel engine is a critically important piece of safety equipment aboard any cruising boat. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling ‘Marine Diesel Engines’ (now in its 3rd edition, and used as a text book in numerous diesel classes) brings his broad experience to a seminar for boatowners, both power and sail, that want to get the most out of their time on the water. We will dive into a detailed look at fuel, oil, cooling, airflow, and powertrain systems, describing all normal maintenance procedures and including often overlooked critical installation issues. We will explore basic troubleshooting techniques for common diesel engine problems, defining what the untrained boatowner can reasonably be expected to do and what should not be attempted. You will come away from this seminar with an enhanced understanding of your engine and the confidence to carry out routine maintenance, which alone will save you the price of admission. No previous experience is required. (This is an all-day course from 10:30am - 5:00pm)

12:00 pm Sailing Skills & the Small Craft Advantage
Howard Rice
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 9

Small boat sailor Howard Rice shares his knowledge of sailing small boats. Whether you are new to sailing or an experienced navigator this information rich presentation about the world of small boat sailing will focus on boat types suited to purpose, tips, sail trim, reefing and small boat voyaging. The advantages of sailing small will be the central theme of this information packed presentation.

12:15 pm Heavy Weather Tactics: Using Para Anchors and Storm Drogues
Zack Smith
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 9

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.

1:00 pm Docking: Two People, One Line, Any Conditions, Full Control
Phyllis Woolwine
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 9

Docking with dynamic springlines has rapidly become a lost art - with devastating results in marinas all around the world, not the least in the Northwest. Captain Phyllis Woolwine specializes in training boaters of all types to use springlines to maximize safety and control of their boat leaving and returning to the dock - every time, in any conditions.

1:15 pm Dream It, Build It: Boatbuilding in the Pacific Northwest
Scott Jones
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 9

The Pacific Northwest is known for its stunning vistas and welcoming harbors t also for its robust community of DIY boat builders and top-notch boatbuilding classes. Join Scott Jones from Duckworks Boat Builders Supply to learn how modern "stitch and glue" boatbuilding kits and techniques make building your own boat an affordable, fun and rewarding way to get yourself on the water.

2:00 pm Destination Fishing
John Keizer
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 9

Do you dream of fishing in an exotic location? This seminar will cover an overview of fishing in Guatemala for sailfish, Panama for yellowfin tuna, Mexico for marlin and Venice, Louisiana for bull redfish. Topics will cover timing the weather, tackle to bring, pitfalls to avoid and safety.

2:00 pm Top Tips from a Marine Mechanic
Meredith Anderson
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 9

Top tips for maintaining, operating and repairing your diesel onboard your boat. Focusing on inspection, diagnosis and repair of issues commonly missed.

2:15 pm The Strait of Magellan to the Southern Ocean
Howard Rice
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 9

If true adventure is on your mind, then don't miss this incredible story of one mans solo small boat voyage down the Strait of Magellan from Patagonia through Tierra del Fuego to the Southern Ocean aboard an 11' 11" SCAMP sailboat he built. Four years of boat building and preparation lead to a 62-day solo voyage, an experience of a lifetime through perhaps the roughest ocean environment on earth.

3:00 pm Managing Your Boat’s Aging Electrical System
Mike Reese
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 9

Our on-the-water lifestyle is increasingly dependent on having a safe and reliable electrical system onboard our boat. Unfortunately, it is under constant attack from the very marine environment that we love and look to for fun and exciting adventures. In this seminar, we'll discuss how to inspect and repair your vessels electrical system, which is critically important as our boats begin to age.

3:00 pm Smoking Salmon Simplified
Thomas Nelson Mark Riedesel
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 9

Barlean's Seafood's Mark Riedesel and 710 Seattle Sports "The Outdoor Line" host Tom Nelson know how to fill a seminar room! Whether you're looking to attract and serve a crowd at your next event or learn to smoke all types of salmon for a more intimate gathering, Nelly and Mark have you covered. If there is a food that is more uniquely “Northwest” than smoked salmon we don’t know what it is. There is something primal about the relationship between salmon and smoke. Native Americans have used smoking as a method of preserving their fish and meats since the dawn of time and in the interim, all modern man has been able to do is refine the ancient process. In this seminar you'll get an introduction to wet and dry brines as well as hot and cold smoke processes but more importantly, you'll get to sample some of the best smoked salmon on the planet!

3:15 pm Unlocking How to Avoid Heavy Weather Off Shore
Chuck Skewes
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 9

With modern technology, your odds of ending up in bad weather are less but not eliminated. Learn how to look at forecasts, and how to deal with bad weather if you get stuck.

4:00 pm Deep Water Ocean Salmon Trolling
John Keizer
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 9

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

4:00 pm Radio Licensing for the Boat Owner: FCC, Boat US, VHF SSB…Oh My!
Richard Anderson
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 9

Confused by FCC licensing requirements for you and your boat's radios? Wondering about the difference between BoatUS and FCC processes for getting an MMSI for your radio? What even IS an MMSI? Want to know the proper process to follow regarding radio licenses when you buy or sell a used boat? Whether you boat on lakes, the sounds, into Canada, or beyond, this seminar is for you!

4:15 pm Know Before You Go: Using Networked Ocean Observing Data to Plan a Safe Trip
Rachel Wold
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 9

Weather and sea surface conditions in the PNW are highly variable so mariners need accurate and up to date information when planning their next trip. The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) Boaters Apps is a free online portal with near real-time and forecasted ocean data, and tools like digital NOAA nautical charts, routing capabilities and marina information to safely navigate our waters.

5:00 pm Demystifying Starlink Internet for the Boat Owner
Richard Anderson
Stage #1
Friday, Feb 9

Interested in how Starlink works on boats? This seminar covers everything you ever wanted to know about Starlink and it's use on boats ? How it works, where it works, what is costs, differences between plans and hardware models. Also learn how to power and mount it, limitations, risks, and how to enhance the reliability of the service with additional hardware.

5:00 pm Tuna Tackle & Tactics
Tommy Donlin
Stage #3
Friday, Feb 9

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.

5:15 pm Ceramic Coatings: Game Changer for Your Boat
Kevin VanderHeyden Jeff Paxon
Stage #2
Friday, Feb 9

In the past 5 years or so "Ceramic" has become a huge buzz word in the automotive and marine industry. In this seminar we will dive into what you need to know about ceramic as a boat owner. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there and we will cover a lot: Which products are the best? How much prep work is needed? How long will it last? What is the Cost? What will be the results?

Saturday, Feb 10
10:30 am Cruising Destinations, Sea Stories, Tips, & Tricks from All Our Years on the Water (10:30am – 3:45pm)
Michael Beemer Nigel Calder
Boat Show University
Saturday, Feb 10

Systems expert, cruiser, and author Nigel Calder is presenting with local expert Mike Beemer to share their combined decades of experiences on the water. They’ll be sharing what they consider ‘must haves’ for cruising and some things that every boater should be doing to make their experience on the water the best it can be. To keep it interesting they’ll share many of their favorite destinations and cruising experiences. Mixed in will be plenty of sea stories and things you don’t want to happen to you, running aground, engine failures, & things that are funny after the fact. This all-day class ends at 4:00 pm and will shift to the tunnel club for your favorite beverage. (This is a 10:30am - 3:45pm class).

12:00 pm Tender Talk: Finding the Best Dinghy for You
Katie Malik
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 10

The ideal yacht tender is more than just a ship-to-shore boat; it's a fun vessel that you look forward to using in its own right. Learn the pros and cons of inflatables, RIBs, and traditional rigid dinghies, and how to choose the one that best complements your mothership and enriches your life on the water. Whether you want to row, sail, or motor, there's a dinghy that's right for you.

12:15 pm The Long Way Home: Sailing the Pacific Loop
Giovanni & Julie Cappelli
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 10

Getting to Mexico is easy, but why make it a one-way trip? Five months after buying their first bluewater boat, Gio & Julie sailed 10,000nm through the Pacific to WA via Mexico, Hawaii, & BC. You'll learn weather routing, passage planning, vessel preparations, plus hear about their adventures & challenges. They'll share tips, stories, & photos that will inspire you to take the long way home!

1:00 pm Building a Modern Wooden Boat
Garth Wilcox Wendy Hinman
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 10

Wendy Hinman and Garth Wilcox sailed 34,000 miles aboard Velella, a light displacement 31-footer. Drawing his skills as a professional naval architect and experience gleaned in a circumnavigation of the world in a 40-foot double ender that barely survived a shipwreck, Garth designed his dream cruising boat. Learn about the process they've undertaken to build a 38-foot boat in their backyard.

1:15 pm Northwest Cruising for Newbies
Elsie Hulsizer
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 10

Are you trying to choose between Desolation Sound or Haida Gwaii? Looking for adventure or a day on the beach? Learn how to select a destination suitable for your crew, your boat, and the season; which destinations are doable for a two week vacation; which require a whole summer; and which are suitable for cruising newcomers.

2:00 pm Circumnavigating the World on a Catamaran with Kids
James Utzschneider & Jenna Miller
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 10

Jenna Miller and Jamie Utzschneider circumnavigated the world on their Lagoon 500 catamaran Sophie, departing Seattle in 2012 and returning to Seattle in 2021. Their kids Leo and Hazel were 8 and 4 years-old when they departed. This talk provides an overview of what they learned during their trip, including routing, school, weather, repairs, catamaran sailing tactics, and the cruising lifestyle.

2:00 pm Squid Fishing on Your Boat: Everything You Need to Be Effective on the Water
Paul Kim
Stage #3
Saturday, Feb 10

Have you ever caught squid jigging from your boat? Maybe you'll want to give it a try after attending this seminar! Learn to identify, locate and target these Cephalopods. It doesn't require sophisticated electronics, or tackle, but you'll leave with further understanding and knowledge on how to be more successful on the water.

2:15 pm Navigation for the New Boater: Using Navionics
Linda Lewis
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 10

New boaters often don't realize that just because you can see water - that doesn't mean you can go there. Bring your device with the "Navionics - Boating Marina & Lakes" app downloaded and learn the basic rudiments of navigation. How to understand the depths; how to put in a route …and more.

3:00 pm Insiders Guide to Buying Your Next Boat: Ask the Experts
Mike Reese Jim Merrick Neal Booth Jennifer Patterson
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 10

Purchasing a boat can be a complex and confusing endeavor. Join us for a panel discussion on how to best navigate the process. Hear from a panel of industry insiders who will share their tips and insights on how to find, finance, insure, and inspect your dream boat. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned boater, you will learn valuable information that will help you avoid common pitfalls and make smart decisions. Join us for this informative and interactive session and get ready to sail away with confidence.

3:15 pm New to Twin Engines? How to Manage Them Like a Pro
Linda Lewis
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 10

Twin engines are great for close quarters maneuvering and docking. If you are a new boater or someone new to twins, this seminar will point you in the right direction. We'll do 'the docking dance' to determine which gear goes in forward and which in reverse. Lot's of immediately useful tips included.

4:00 pm Insiders Guide to Buying Your Next Boat: Ask the Experts (Cont)
Mike Reese Jim Merrick Neal Booth Jennifer Patterson
Stage #1
Saturday, Feb 10

Purchasing a boat can be a complex and confusing endeavor. Join us for a panel discussion on how to best navigate the process. Hear from a panel of industry insiders who will share their tips and insights on how to find, finance, insure, and inspect your dream boat. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned boater, you will learn valuable information that will help you avoid common pitfalls and make smart decisions. Join us for this informative and interactive session and get ready to sail away with confidence.

4:15 pm Is an Electric Outboard Engine for Me?
Joe Grez
Stage #2
Saturday, Feb 10

Joe will present a snapshot of today's electric outboard options; from the ultra-portable EP Carry to todays 100hp+ pre-production units. Listing will be by application, cost, manufacturing origin, availability, and how they are rated. The talk will also include theoretical superiority limits for electric in terms of lifetime, serviceability, performance, range, and weight.