Learn from the Experts at The Big Seattle Boat Show

Hone your skills, learn about your dream cruising destination or simply get inspired

What: Seminars At The 63rdnd Annual Seattle Boat Show
When: Friday, January 29 – Sunday, February 6, 2009
Seminars: There are more than 200 free seminars during the 9 days of the show. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and volume of seminars offered. Some of the world’s top experts are presenters.
Seminars include topics such as:
  • Cruising to Alaska
  • Cruising In Mexico
  • Braving the Inside Passage
  • Battling Mold and Mildew
  • How to Pick a Sailboat; Local Knowledge
  • Mastering Storm Avoidance and Survival Tactics
  • The Top 10 Places You Don’t Want to Visit in the San Juan and Gulf Islands
  • Onboard Fitness
  • Boat Green: 50 Steps to Save Our Waters
  • Twenty Step Count Down to Off- Shore Cruising
  • Preparing a Boat to Sell: A Surveyors Eye
  • Keeping Your Boat Legal
  Some of the new topics for 2010 include:
  • What’s in your tool box? Every boat owner needs to be prepared to do basic maintenance on their boat. This seminar will high light a few basic items that every owner should own, carry and know how to use. Whether it is a light bulb or life line repair, with the correct tools and basic knowledge almost any owner can get it done.”  
  • Cruising the Salish Sea. This presentation will show the newly approved definition of the “Salish Sea” encompassing the inland waters of Puget Sound from Olympia to the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands and Georgia Strait up to and including Desolation Sound. The presenters will show a 260 nm cruise covering thirty destinations beginning in Olympia’s Percival Landing and ending in Refuge Cove, West Redonda Island, Desolation Sound.
  • Gales, Whales and the Baja Ha-Ha. A documentary introducing future sailors to sailing regatta events such as the Baja Ha-Ha and the cruising life.
  • Braving the Northwest Passage. Sprague Theobald recently completed a five month epic journey safely through Northwest Passage and is currently working on a documentary about the trip. The boat will be on display at South Lake Union. In his seminars he’ll share some of the craziest, scariest and most exhilarating moments of the trip and a sneak preview of some of his documentary footage.
  View the complete seminar schedule at: www.seattleboatshow.com

Boat Show University
Seattle Boat Show University will once again be one of the most popular programs of The Big Seattle Boat Show with over 20 advanced seminars covering the range of boating subjects from cruising north up the Inside Passage to the Broughtons or Desolation Sound or how to fish for trophy salmon. The experts will all be converging on Seattle Boat Show U. during the nine days of the show for advanced three-hour courses.


Boating experts such as Nigel Calder, Lee Chesneau, Kevin Monahan, Linda Lewis and others make the Seattle Boat Show University their home for some of the best boating classes in the country.


The courses are organized into tracks featuring cruising, sailing, boat maintenance, fishing and seamanship. The tuition for each class is $39 and includes extensive course notes. A package of four courses is specially priced at $149 and includes a Big Seattle Boat Show Flex Pass including admission to the Boat Show for five days, four days free parking, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s Restaurant and a one year subscription to one of four popular boating magazines.


Seattle Boat Show University is proudly sponsored by BoatU.S and presented by the NMTA and Fine Edge Nautical Seminars. Media sponsorship is provided by Northwest Yachting Magazine. BoatUS provides services such as boat insurance, towing, boat and RV loans, consumer protection, and boat lettering to recreational boaters nationwide.


For more information on Seattle Boat Show University and registration online for the full schedule of courses, click here


About the Seattle Boat Show
The 63rd Annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, Friday January 29 – Saturday, February 6, features 1,000 boats – including fishing boats, inboard cruisers, runabouts, kayaks, sailboats and inflatables – hundreds of accessories, the latest high-tech innovations, and hundreds of hours of seminars at Qwest Field Event Center, plus world-class boats and yachts in their natural habitat at South Lake Union. A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations. Ace Recreational Marine Insurance and Northwest Buick-GMC Dealers are the official sponsors of the show.

800 Occidental Ave South
901 Fairview Ave North
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 am to 8 pm
Fridays: 11 am to 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
Mon-Thurs: 11 am to 5 pm
Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  Free shuttle running continuously between both locations

Purchase tickets online at www.seattleboatshow.com and receive free parking at the show, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s and a free boating magazine one-year subscription. Choose from: Yachting, Field and Stream, Islands and Sailing World.


YOUTH (11-17): $5
KIDS 10 and Under: Free
5-Day BIG Show Pass! $24 (NEW FOR 2010)

Special Promotions: Become a fan of Seattle Boat Show on Facebook (Facebook.SeattleBoatShow.com) or follow the show on Twitter (Twitter.SeattleBoatShow.com) and be entered to win a $5,000 shopping spree.


Win a pair of tickets round-trip to the San Juan Islands every day of the show from Kenmore Air - the Boater’s Airline! Enter daily at South Lake Union.

Special Nights: Women’s Day: Monday, February 1
Fishing Night: Tuesday, February 2
Sailing and Cruising Night: Wednesday, February 3
Guys Night Out: Thursday, February 4
Additional details about weeknight promotions will be posted to www.seattleboatshow.com as they become available.


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