2014 Seminar Topics

The Seminars will be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, the official Hotel of the Boat Show conveniently located on site, hosted by technical experts, well-seasoned sailors, best-selling authors and world cruisers. 

Seminar Speaker Biographies

Time & Location Speaker Details

 

Thursday, March 27th

 

12:30 PM
Steuben
Steven Bowden

Communications for Cruisers

This seminar covers the "patchwork quilt" concept of using different digital communication technologies to keep in touch. The focus will be on the options available (including new products) and the way that cruisers actually use the different technologies: Wi-Fi at the dock, broadband cellular underway, HF SSB radio, satellite phones and satellite broadband when offshore. We will address how to adapt these technologies to a cruiser's needs and budget as well how you can move your business aboard.
12:30 PM
Waterford
Lee Chesneau

Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills

This seminar begins with a VERY important discussion of the marine advisory and warning system used by the National Weather Service (NWS) marine program.
These include Small Craft Advisories (SCA), Gale, Storm, and Hurricane Force Warnings and the over-lapping coastal, offshore, and high seas zones of the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico ocean basins. The seminar further introduces some surface weather maps, highlighting specific features (e.g., fronts, troughs, ridges, squall and dry lines) and what the anticipated clouds, pressure, wind, weather conditions & forecasts will be; provides an overview of what it takes for developing a mariners self- reliance skills; discusses recommendations for specific weather chart collection & display for logical forecast processing, interpretation, and decision making. This seminar is for everyone who enjoys sailing in the coastal and offshore waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico coastal or offshore basins.
1:45 PM
Steuben
Brenda Wempner

Sailing Made Easy: Beginning Sailing Techniques

Learn the basics of sailing, including tacking, jibing and sailing terminology. Points of sail and proper sail trim will be discussed as well as an introduction to rules of the road.
1:45 PM
Waterford
Pam Wall

Cool Products No One Knows About

Pam Wall worked for West Marine for twenty years and she has seen and tried many new and old products that are available to the yachtsmen around the world. Let her show you many really great products that very few people know about. The secrets of great things will be revealed so you can take advantage of a lifetime of finding cool products that few have ever tried. Pam has her favorites that she will share with you, and you will come away with many great ideas for your own boat.
3:00 PM
Steuben
Rich Boren

Understanding your Water Makers Choices

In order to choose the right water maker for your boat, it s important to first understand how water makers work, what choices are available in today s market, and the pluses and minuses of the different designs. With real world cruising experience with a family of four, Rich will discuss typical cruiser water usage and help educate you about your water maker choices. Bring your questions for the Q&A.
3:00 PM
Waterford
Scott Williman

The Spinnaker Furling Revolution

Enjoy an introduction to modern spinnaker handling techniques. Scott provides an overview of the new techniques sailors are using to handle the spinnaker from the cockpit. This is a major trend right now! Time for Q and A.
4:15 PM
Steuben
Pam Wall

Cruising the Bahamas

With the Caribbean so tantalizingly close it constantly beacons. Pam will take you through the options of how to sail there and navigate through its huge diversity of cultures, history, food, sights and cruising destinations. As always weather will be a major consideration along with security issues and other possible dangers as well as where to leave the boat during the hurricane summer season and alternate cruising options.
4:15 PM
Waterford
Jeremy Hood

Safety Equipment

How to stay safe when sailing short-handed with just one or two crew
5:30 PM
Steuben
Liza Copeland

Mediterranean Magic

The Mediterranean is another favourite area that Liza has spent five years cruising full-time and continues to visit frequently. Through stunning visuals the seminar shows the diversity of the area. Cruising details such as physical features and scope of the Mediterranean Sea, weather patterns and forecasting, and routes to get there are addresses along with specific country information such as piloting, officialdom and cruising fees, harbours, moorage and anchorage, boating facilities afloat and ashore, boat repair and equipment, facilities and sightseeing ashore and cultural information and tips. Insurance requirements, communications resources and differences, power and fuel options, security, cruising nets and leaving the boat long term you will definitely want to stay longer! - will also be discussed.
5:30 PM
Waterford
 

Lessons Learned Along the Way

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Friday, March 28th

 

     
12:30 PM
Waterford
Lee Chesneau

Unlocking the Mystery of the 500 Mb Charts

If you want to know where surface weather systems (High & Low Pressure) originate, one needs to understand that the answer lies above Sea Level , about half way up the atmosphere!.The Holy Grail of weather forecasting, the 500Mb Chart will be revealed in this seminar. We measure the weight of the atmosphere on the surface at Sea Level (called atmospheric pressure) with your barometer, which reads on average 1013.2 millibars (Mb) but half way up the atmosphere, it weighs 500 Mb! This is the level of the atmosphere where surface weather develops, intensifies, and weakens. The 500 Mb level not only controls the development, intensification, and weakening of Surface High & Low Pressure Systems, but also controls their speed and direction of motion. This seminar will also discuss what a weather pattern is, and how and why surface High and Low Pressure Systems move rapidly from West to East or from South to North, and not move at all for days on end. Finally, get an insight as to the techniques used by professional meteorologists for offshore weather routing. It is strongly recommended that boaters attend Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills seminar first!
1:45 PM
Hunt
Jeremy Hood

Navigation

Critical navigation knowledge you need that your electronics do not help with
1:45 PM
Waterford
Trent McBride & Keith Gray

Sail Trim

Learn how to trim your sails to get the most comfort and performance from your boat. Topics will include various sail controls for Main and Jib/Genoa plus A-symmetrical spinnakers. Questions are encouraged so the specific interests of attendees are addressed.
3:00 PM
Hunt
Liza Copeland

Cruising for Couples

Planning your dream whether weekend, coastal or circumnavigator * Choosing the right boat and tips on how to handle the purchase * Getting experience * Outfitting your boat for cruising with equipment that works for you * Electrics and electronics. Prioritizing, some pros and cons * Engines, fuels and filters * The sail plan and rig * Anchors, rodes and anchoring routines (also docking) * Setting up the boat for safe and comfortable voyaging - above deck and below * The joys and hazards of cruising * Route planning, weather and resources * Piloting, charting options and cruising guides * Officialdom, visas and cruising permits * Medical requirements and facilities, first aid kit and typical medical complaints * Insurance - boat and medical * Communications - onboard and ashore * Budgeting and money management * Provisioning, availability and stowage * Cultural tips and travel ashore - planning, travel guides, buses and tours * Cruising with kids, pets, pests, guests and casual crew * Leaving the boat short and long term * The secrets of being a successful cruiser . . . .
3:00 PM
Waterford
Kevin Wilson

Rigging 101

Come and learn basic mast, boom and rigging applications including winches and also potential problems and solutions.
4:15 PM
Hunt
Zack Smith

Para-Anchors & Storm Drogues

Did you know that if you pay out too much anchor rode or place a bridle in the wrong position your boat can buck wildly out of control with enough force to destroy equipment? Zack Smith, drag device inventor and research pioneer in the study of drag device behavior, lets you in on the big secret of Constant Rode Tension. Smith shares over 15 years of research, including his original formulas for keeping rode taut through specific rode adjustment, weight placement next to the para-anchor or drogue, shorter bridles with less stretch and Fiorentino s unique free flying sail set-up.
4:15 PM
Waterford
Pam Wall

Outfitting Above Deck

Pam Wall will give sensible and practical ideas on how to make your boat more seaworthy, safer, more efficient, and more fun. The systems and equipment that she and her husband, Andy, have on their boat came from years of practical sailing. From bow to stern Pam will show you what she found made her boat a better blue water cruising boat. Be ready to take notes on what works and what does not work in this informative seminar on proper deck hardware and systems. All this leads to having a better time aboard your boat.
5:30 PM
Hunt
Rick Boren

Cruising Mexico: It s Easy and Cheap, Yes you can do it!

Rich Boren and his wife Lori spent 4 years cruising Mexico with their two teenage kids on an average of $1200/month. Learn just how easy and cheap cruising Mexico can be and get a chance to ask questions about just how safe it is to Cruise Mexico.
5:30 PM
Waterford
Pam Wall

Outfitting Below Deck

Once again Pam Wall will show you ideas on how to make your boat more comfortable and more efficient down below where your living quarters make all the difference to your comfort and safety! See the many ideas Pam has put into use to make the interior of her boat functional and safe. Again, be prepared to take a lot of notes on the good ideas presented in this seminar.

 

Saturday, March 29th

 

10:30 AM
Hunt
Pam Wall

Women and Cruising

Pam Wall found that making the leap to life afloat was one of the best decisions she ever made. Pam asks the audience, usually mostly women, to ask them questions and then they follow with answers as they know them. Each question is different, and their answers can be completely diverse as they attempt to show other women that no one has the right or wrong answer, but what is right for them personally. In this lively and practical seminar, Pam shares her experiences and adventures.

The Women and Cruising Seminar is different every time Pam give it because it all depends on who is in the audience and what questions they are concerned with. This is a give and take seminar where the audience becomes completely involved.
10:30 AM
Waterford
Rich Weiler

Tips on Buying a New or Brokerage Boat

Join Capt Rick for a discussion about .
What all is really involved in buying a boat in today s market?
Do I really need a broker to buy a boat or am I better off going it alone?
Should I get a boat now even though my plans are five years out?
11:45 AM
Hunt
Liza Copeland

Preparations for Offshore Cruising

Planning your dream whether weekend, coastal or circumnavigator * Choosing the right boat and tips on how to handle the purchase * Getting experience * Outfitting your boat for cruising with equipment that works for you * Electrics and electronics. Prioritizing, some pros and cons * Engines, fuels and filters * The sail plan and rig * Anchors, rodes and anchoring routines (also docking) * Setting up the boat for safe and comfortable voyaging - above deck and below * The joys and hazards of cruising * Route planning, weather and resources * Piloting, charting options and cruising guides * Officialdom, visas and cruising permits * Medical requirements and facilities, first aid kit and typical medical complaints * Insurance - boat and medical * Communications - onboard and ashore * Budgeting and money management * Provisioning, availability and stowage * Cultural tips and travel ashore - planning, travel guides, buses and tours * Cruising with kids, pets, pests, guests and casual crew * Leaving the boat short and long term * The secrets of being a successful cruiser . . . .
11:45 AM
Waterford
Jeremy Hood

Diesel Engine Maintenance

Fault finding and problem solving when your inboard diesel fails at sea
1:00 PM
Hunt
Philip Kropf

Galveston Bay Destinations

So you have this new boat Where should you take it? Whether you are looking for a quick evening outing or a weekend long adventure, discover some of the great boating destinations in and around the Galveston Bay area. From Doubble Bayou to Port Aransas and all points in between.
1:00 PM
Waterford
Dan Cantrell

Women on Water Class

Ladies take the helm in MarineMax's exclusive Women on Water Class! This class is exclusively for women and provided as an opportunity to learn about boating from a third-party in a non-intimidating and patient environment. The objective is to build confidence and provide another dimension to the boating lifestyle for the whole family. It also allows women to experience different aspects of boating and learn about their boat in a relaxed environment, perhaps away from well-meaning spouses and family members. Women on Water is one of our most popular MarineMax offerings and helps dissolve the fears many women have about getting behind the wheel. In a classroom setting and then behind the wheel of a MarineMax boat, women get hands-on experience!
2:15 PM
Hunt
Zack Smith

Ocean Sailing Tips

Slide presentation covers coastal, weekend and long distance sailing, general planning and preparation, light air sailing with your A-sail to trimming your sails in rough weather, common problems at sea, advantages of traveling with the group or going solo.
2:15 PM
Waterford
Steven Bowden

Communications for Cruisers

This seminar covers the "patchwork quilt" concept of using different digital communication technologies to keep in touch. The focus will be on the options available (including new products) and the way that cruisers actually use the different technologies: Wi-Fi at the dock, broadband cellular underway, HF SSB radio, satellite phones and satellite broadband when offshore. We will address how to adapt these technologies to a cruiser's needs and budget as well how you can move your business aboard.
Saturday
3/29/2014
3:30 PM
Hunt
Rick Boren

Cruising Mexico: It s Easy and Cheap, Yes you can do it!

Rich Boren and his wife Lori spent 4 years cruising Mexico with their two teenage kids on an average of $1200/month. Learn just how easy and cheap cruising Mexico can be and get a chance to ask questions about just how safe it is to Cruise Mexico.
3:30 PM
Waterford
Capt. Mickey Eastman

Galveston Bay Fishing Tactics

Learn the tips and tricks to catch Speckled Trout and Redfish from one of the best to ever guide on the Galveston Bay Complex. Captain Mickey Eastman, professional guide, tournament winner, founder of Troutmasters Tournament Series and host of the SportsRadio 610 Outdoor Show, will show you where to go and what to throw. This is your opportunity to learn some of the tactics that has made him successful and now he will pass them on to you. He will also take your questions. You will come away a better angler. Guaranteed!
4:45 PM
Hunt
Bob Bitchin

How to keep a Starboard Attitude While Cruising

Take a close look at the realities of cruising before you set off. Presented by Bob Bitchin of Cruising Outpost Magazine.
4:45 PM
Waterford
Geoff Trott

Composting Toilets: A Practical Option For Boaters

Geoff Trott is the inventor of the first mobile diversion composting toilet, the "Air Head"who’s basic design has become the standard for all mobile composting toilets on the market today. Geoff has been single handling sailboats since his teens. Currently he sails a C&C 25 in Freeport, ME when his is not running his business and working on his 40’ pilothouse sloop. Composting toilets are well known as an alternative to conventional plumbing for cabins and off the grid housing. Due to advances in design composting toilets have recently become a viable option for boaters as well. During this seminar we will review the history, science and advantages of this simple and practical option and review the various systems on the market for boaters today.

 

Sunday, March 30th

 

10:30 AM
Steuben
Pam Wall

A Family Sails Around the World

Have you ever dreamed of sailing around the world with your family? Pam Wall with her husband and two small children followed their dreams of seeing the world from the deck of their thirty-nine foot sloop. Share Pam s adventures aboard her boat as she and her family circumnavigate the world. Watching two young children grow up aboard a small boat is not only fascinating, but educational as well. See the family s enthusiasm for this wonderful lifestyle in a slide presentation that will make you want to cast off!
10:30 AM
Waterford
Geoff Trott

Composting Toilets: A Practical Option For Boaters

Geoff Trott is the inventor of the first mobile diversion composting toilet, the "Air Head"who’s basic design has become the standard for all mobile composting toilets on the market today. Geoff has been single handling sailboats since his teens. Currently he sails a C&C 25 in Freeport, ME when his is not running his business and working on his 40’ pilothouse sloop. Composting toilets are well known as an alternative to conventional plumbing for cabins and off the grid housing. Due to advances in design composting toilets have recently become a viable option for boaters as well. During this seminar we will review the history, science and advantages of this simple and practical option and review the various systems on the market for boaters today.
11:45 AM
Steuben
Zack Smith

Para-Anchors & Storm Drogues

Did you know that if you pay out too much anchor rode or place a bridle in the wrong position your boat can buck wildly out of control with enough force to destroy equipment? Zack Smith, drag device inventor and research pioneer in the study of drag device behavior, lets you in on the big secret of Constant Rode Tension. Smith shares over 15 years of research, including his original formulas for keeping rode taut through specific rode adjustment, weight placement next to the para-anchor or drogue, shorter bridles with less stretch and Fiorentino s unique free flying sail set-up.
11:45 AM
Waterford
Liza Copeland

Voyaging Realities, Arrival Procedures and Travels Tips Ashore

This is reality of cruising offshore. Routing and weather, storm avoidance, sails and storm strategies, on board safety rules, watch-keeping routines, chafe, radio nets, cooking, cleaning, fishing, seasickness and other common medical issues, guests and crew. Arrival routines, officialdom differences and document requirements. Local knowledge culture, language, food, finances, communications and inland travel. Dangers, security and leaving the boat. The secrets of being a successful cruiser.
1:00 PM
Steuben
Jim Hammond

Partners in Command

This seminar provides an introduction to boating for crew members who need basic information and who may or may not have taken a boating course. It is designed to provide essential information one may require to assist a skipper in the safe operation of a recreational boat. Included in the seminar are actions in response to emergencies.
1:00 PM
Waterford
Rick Boren

Cruising Mexico: It's Easy and Cheap, Yes you can do it!

Cruising Mexico: It s Easy and Cheap, Yes you can do it!
2:15 PM
Steuben
Trent McBride & Keith Gray

How to Choose the Right Sails for your Boat

A brief discussion about various types of sails and the multitude of fabrics available, with specific focus on cruising boats for both local sailing, blue water cruising and Harvest Moon Regatta tips. Questions are welcome so the discussion can be tailored to fit the sailing of the attendees
2:15 PM
Waterford
Autrey McVicker &
Marianne Silva

Marine Sanitation

Join Chief Effluence Officer, Autie McVicker on Training for Mariners and get the scoop from longtime sailor and C.E.O. –Clean Water & Boat Sewage – What do the laws say? - Dilution Is Not The Solution - Marine Sanitation Devices - How Does This Affect Me? - Certify Your Device. Tech Tips- Tank Tamer- Holding Tank Treatment- Applications, Features, Advantages and Benefits.
3:30 PM
Steuben
Pam Wall

Women and Cruising

3:30 PM
Waterford
Liza Copeland

Sailing to the South Caribbean

With the Caribbean so tantalizingly close it constantly beacons. Liza will take you through the options of how to sail there and navigate through its huge diversity of cultures, history, food, sights and cruising destinations. As always weather will be a major consideration along with security issues and other possible dangers as well as where to leave the boat during the hurricane summer season and alternate cruising options.