Show Dates: September 13-16, 2018

Boating Seminar Series

Friday – September 14

12:00 – 12:45 PM The Great Loop: How to do a Great East Coast Trip with West Coast People. Presenter: Sandy Williamson
1:00 – 1:45 PM Chartering in the Pacific Northwest. Presenter: Tim Hoving
2:00 – 2:45 PM Rent, Share, Charter or Buy? Presenter: Jim Lowry

Saturday – September 15

11:00 – 11:45 AM How to Select, Operate and Maintain Your Big Boat Trailer. Presenter: Sandy Williamson
12:00 – 1:45 PM Rent, Share, Charter or Buy? Presenter: Jim Lowry
1:00 – 1:45 PM Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Cruising. Presenter: Nancy Erley
2:15 – 3:00 PM Radio Communications for Boaters. Presenter: David Geller

Sunday – September 16

11:00 – 11:45 AM Chartering in the Pacific Northwest. Presenter: Tim Hoving
12:00 – 1:15 PM The Pre-Purchase C&V Survey: A Professional’s Eyes on the Prospective Vessel. Presenter: Wayne Gilham
2:30 – 3:15 PM First Mate Crew Tips and Duties. Presenter: Leslie Kodish


Nancy Erley, Captain of Two World Circumnavigations
Nancy Erley led two 5-year voyages from Seattle around the world aboard her Orca 38 sailboat Tethys. “As the skipper of an all-woman crew, Nancy fashioned a circumnavigation that should go down in the record books as one of the soundest, most seamanlike journeys in the modern cruising era.” George Day, publisher Blue Water Sailing magazine.

David Geller, Seattle Sail & Power Squadron
David Geller is a power boater based out of Kirkland, WA. David enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and Australian Shepherd aboard MV KAYLA in Lake Washington and Puget Sound. He’s also a reserve Firefighter / EMT and enjoys sharing his knowledge of safety and life-saving skills with other boaters. David recently developed and is hoping boaters in the Pacific NW discover it soon.

Wayne Gilham, Accredited Marine Surveyor #1240 (member SAMS)
An engineer by training, Wayne brings a lifetime of involvement in pleasure boats to his review of any boat, whether for formal survey or a simpler consultation. His designation of "Accredited Marine Surveyor" and membership in SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) assures that his survey-product will be accepted by insurers and financing institutions.

Tim Hoving, NW Explorations
Tim joined the NW Explorations team as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker in 2014 but his boating career began in 1995. In 2000, the opportunity to attend an ASA Instructor Clinic started his instructing career. Deliveries, private instruction, catamaran instruction, navigation and advanced coastal cruising courses in addition to leading flotillas kept him on the water over 100 days a year. In 2005 he secured a 100-ton Masters license. In 2011 he became an Instructor Evaluator and now teaches instructors how to share their passion with students. Teaching navigation courses through the Coast Guard Auxiliary hones his skills as well.  

Leslie Kodish, Seattle Sail & Power Squadron
Mrs. Leslie Kodish is a past commander of America’s Boating Club Seattle. The club offers boating education and cruises to the public and their members.  Leslie owns a 37’ Tollycraft Rosebud and moors it at Meydenbaeur Bay Yacht Club. Leslie and her husband are the Fleet Captains at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. They enjoy rafting up at Andrews Bay, cruising in South Sound, San Juan’s and desolation sound. Leslie will be presenting First Mate Crew Tips and Duties. 

Jim Lowry, Seattle Boat Share
Jim’s lifelong passion for boating started at age 6 sailing the Puget Sound – he owned his first boat at age 8, a home-built wooden sailboat. He then built his second boat at the age of 12, a 6’ hydroplane. His boating experiences encompass a wide range, including sailboat racing in high school, college, and beyond, 12 years of commercial fishing by driving a power skiff in Alaska, waterskiing for 40 years, and extensive cruising. Jim’s cruising started at age 10 when the neighbor kids decided to row from Vashon Island to Blake Island for a camping trip. Looking for a career change from construction management after the 2008 financial crisis, Jim put his 4 boats to use and formed Seattle Boat Share based out of Seattle.

Sandy & Debbie Williamson, Word Boats
Sandy & Debbie have boated for 46+ years – they have owned 12 sail boats, 8 powerboats and have chartered 13 others. Sandy has sold over 100 boats and 500 boat trailers and is a CPYB, USGS Captain and ASA Sailing / Cruising / Navigation / Docking instructor. Sandy is a boat builder as well – he designed the EcoCruiser, a fuel-efficient, trailerable pontoon prototype he built in 2003 and rolled into production in 2015. He has designed and built 2 other boats as well. He has also taught several topics at the Seattle Boat Show every year since 2012.