2016 Free Seminar Series

Over 50 FREE with Entry Seminars and even more premium courses there is something for everyone!

September’s Southwest International Boat Show will once again feature an impressive array of FREE, with admission, hourly educational and entertaining seminar presentations.

All seminars will be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort, the official Hotel of the Boat Show – conveniently located on site, and hosted by technical experts, well-seasoned sailors and cruisers.

Just a few of the featured seminars will include:

  • Visiting Mexico by Private boat
  • Financing Your Dream
  • Cruising the British Virgin Islands
  • How to Buy a New or Used Yacht
  • Introduction to Sailing
  • Salt Water Tactics on Galveston Bay
  • Fall Flounder Fishing

Whether you are a seasoned skipper or just learning the ropes of your new passion – there is something for you to learn at this Fall’s South West International Boat Show!

Check back for updates to the program…

FULL SEMINAR PROGRAM

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Day 1
23 Sep 2016

NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Education Outreach Coordinator

Shelley will be describing the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 115 miles south of Galveston, supporting the northernmost coral reefs in the continental U.S. Come learn, touch and feel coral skeletons up close and find out what is being done to protect this valuable national treasure.

Marine Communication

Charles covers techniques and etiquette for properly communicating via VHF while away from the dock.

“Spring Lines, Prop Walk &Parbuckling – Docking Techniques for Couples”

Capt. Bill Jenko has been boating for over 50 years as crew and a sailing instructor for 10 years on the tall ship Elissa in Galveston and five years on the Brig Niagara in Erie, PA.  He has completed 12 Harvest Moon Regattas and the 2006 Vera Cruz Regatta.  Couples rejoice! There is hope when docking together!

Water Makers: How They Work and What Are Your Options

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 4, Rich will discuss typical cruiser water usage and help educate you about your water maker choices.

Cruising to Cuba

Jon and Renneset out for Cuba from Key West, FL aboard their Tayana 42 sailboat in 2016. The couple will present their experiences in the do’s and don’ts for clearing in and out of Cuba legally with many photos and stories.

“Potty Training – Keeping Your Boat Smelling Fresh”

When you arrive at your boat with family and guests is there a strange and offensive odor? Autie shares tips and techniques to give your boat a “fresh lease on life” (and please your guests).

Boat Canvas and Upholstery

Phyllis provides tips and examples covering different canvas products for Bimini Tops, enclosures, dodgers and sprayhoods, full covers, cushions and formed seat upholstery.

How to Read a Chart

Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing…knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Seminar topics include chart features, scales, aids to navigation, latitude and longitude and planning your course.

Financing Your Dream

What do you need to know and how do you prepare to complete the purchase of your dream boat? Gerry goes step-by-step through the process of documents required.

Cruising the British Virgin Islands

Find out how simple it is to cruise in one of the most beautiful groups of islands in the Caribbean.

Introduction to Sailing

Each participant will have a chance to take an “instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing vessels available through Galveston Community Sailing Center of Sea Scout Base Galveston.

First Aid While Cruising

Greg shares life-saving tips on first aid at sea. What to do about sea sickness, heart attack, vomiting and more while away from home.

Kayak fishing

Cabela’s prostaff Kayak fisherman
Day 2
24 Sep 2016

How to Buy a New or Used Yacht

Captain Rick covers the nuances of purchasing a power or sailing yacht in today’s marketplace. Captain Rick is the current president of the Gulf Coast Yacht Broker Association.

Galveston Bay Destinations

Learn about many of the well-known (and less-known) places for you to cruise around Galveston Bay with family and friends.

Women on Water

This is a seminar for women, taught by women. Hands-on course applicable for power and sail covering basics of boating, using the radio, navigation and knot tying. Come and ask those questions you’ve been wanting to know.

Visiting Mexico by Private Boat

Geronimo will provide a quick guide to entry requirements for private vessels, owners and crew with the different government authorities involved in the check-in procedure (immigration, Port Captain and Customs). Geronimo will also present a directory of marinas in Mexico that will help boaters decide what destination to visit.

Fly fishing

Redfish Hunter guide.

Assessing Your Self Reliant Marine Weather Skills…An Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart

**This seminar begins with Lee Chesneau’s discussion of the hierarchy for marine weather prediction & vessel routing, which includes the VERY important discussion of the marine advisory, watch, & warning system used by the National Weather Service (NWS) marine program (e.g. from the NWS Forecast Office (NWSFO, http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/ responsible for the Houston/Galveston area located in League City, TX). **These include Small Craft Advisories (SCA), Gale, Storm, & Hurricane Force Warnings, that includes bays (such as Galveston Bay), the pre-set boundaries called marine forecast zones that encompass coastal & over-lapping offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the High Seas region...
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Financing Your Dream

What do you need to know and how do you prepare to complete the purchase of your dream boat? Gerry goes step-by-step through the process of documents required.

Salt Water Tactics on Galveston Bay

Alan will teach you about saltwater techniques, bait presentations, use of quality equipment and ways to improve your catch to bite ratio on Galveston Bay.

NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Education Outreach Coordinator

Shelley will be describing the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 115 miles south of Galveston, supporting the northernmost coral reefs in the continental U.S. Come learn, touch and feel coral skeletons up close and find out what is being done to protect this valuable national treasure.

Calcasieu Fishing, What’s Gonna Ma“ke it Happen”

“Cajun” Phil’s 40-years of fishing and broadcasting comes out in this seminar with free lures, bait and advice on reeling in speckled trout, red snapper and more. “Cajun” Phil will be available for a short time after this seminar to “meet and greet.”  

Unlocking the Mystery of the 500 Mb Upper-Air Constant Pressure Surface Chart

We measure the weight of the entire vertical atmosphere at sea-level called “barometric pressure” (or sometimes referred as “atmospheric pressure”) which reads on average 1013.2 millibars (mb). The mb is the key unit used for measuring atmospheric pressure, especially in the marine environment; from at the sea-level surface, to the far upper-air levels in the atmosphere above. The measuring instrument that most boaters employ to determine barometric pressure is with a barometer. This seminar will discuss what professional marine meteorologists/routers who forecast & route vessels refer the “500 mb upper- air constant pressure surface” to, as the “holy grail of...
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Introduction to Sailing

Each participant will have a chance to take an “instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing vessels available through Galveston Community Sailing Center of Sea Scout Base Galveston  

Cruising the British Virgin Islands

Find out how simple it is to cruise in one of the most beautiful groups of islands in the Caribbean.

Sail Trim for the Cruising Sailor

.Keith and Trent tailor their discussion of various topics such as Tell Tales, Genoa Car Position, Traveler, A-Symterical Spinnakers, Furlers, reducing sail, etc. to the audience. A very interactive discussion so bring all your questions.

Marine Diesel Maintenance “101” – The Basics

Captain Dave provides valuable tips, with a real-world experience approach, to keeping your boat’s engine humming.  From oil change to changing impellers, Captain Dave’s handout will give you confidence to check your diesel engine.

Wind & Wave Concepts & How to Integrate Them with the at Sea-level Surface Pressure Charts

This free seminar will discuss the parameters involved with wave development, propagation & decay. Specifically: The dominant role that wind has in creating “wind waves” & what happens when “wind waves” leave their generating area and become “swell waves”. We will break down the basic characteristics a wave (e.g., length, height, & period,) the necessary combination that results in a one to seven ratio, to define what a wave actually is. A further critical discussion of the parameters that generate waves such as wind direction, wind speed, wind duration, & wind fetch, & we will also demonstrate their interdependence &...
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Soft Plastic Lures on Sabine Lake (and the Texas Gulf Coast)

Captain Bill Watkins has fished this coast for 40 years and has fished for just about every species of fish in Southeast Texas. Capt. Bill shows you techniques for using the right lure for the right fish.

Reading a Chart

A Photographic and Chart Tour Around Galveston Bay – Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Charts of areas of interest around Galveston Bay will be available for hands-on use. Leroy guarantees that seminar attendees will never see Galveston Bay quite the same way again.

Taking Great Underwater Photographs

Danny has traveled all over the globe leading dive groups to exotic dive destinations. He has also been shooting underwater photography for over 25 years and has his photos published by magazines such as National Geographic. Danny will be discussing equipment, basic rules of underwater photography, editing and photos of sites visited.

“Potty Training – Keeping Your Boat Smelling Fresh”

When you arrive at your boat with family and guests is there a strange and offensive odor? Autie shares tips and techniques to give your boat a “fresh lease on life” (and please your guests).

Choosing the Right Anchor

Danforth, CQR on and on…how do you choose the right anchor for your boat? Greg shares tips, with actual anchors and accessories, to help you make an informed decision.

Kayak and Dinghy Your Way on Galveston Bay

Kaitlin covers the pleasures of traversing interesting areas in the delicate ecosystem of Galveston Bay in a small boat.

Cruising to Cuba

Jon and Renneset out for Cuba from Key West, FL aboard their Tayana 42 sailboat in 2016. The couple will present their experiences in the do’s and don’ts for clearing in and out of Cuba legally with many photos and stories.
Day 3
25 Sep 2016

Marine Diesel Maintenance “101” – The Basics

Captain Dave provides valuable tips, with a common sense approach, to keeping your boat’s engine humming.  From oil change to changing impellers, Captain Dave’s handout will give you confidence to check your diesel engine.

Sail / Inventory Selection for the Cruising Sailor

An interactive discussion where Keith and Trent will discuss all of the various types of sails and inventory choices for your boat.  Cover everything from simple Main and Jib on a sloop to a cutter rigged ketch with a top down furling code zero and a-symetrical spinnaker and everything in between.  Bring all your questions and they will do their best to answer them!

Cruising to Cuba

Interested in sailing with a large, organized flotilla to this new Caribbean destination? Chris will reveal what happened June 2016 during this cruise with 30+ boats and 140 people sailing from Key West to Hemingway Marina. Come find out about future flotillas being planned.

Visiting Mexico by Private Boat

Geronimo will provide a quick guide to entry requirements for private vessels, owners and crew with the different government authorities involved in the check-in procedure (immigration, Port Captain and Customs). Geronimo will also present a directory of marinas in Mexico that will help boaters decide what destination to visit.

Reading a Chart

A Photographic and Chart Tour Around Galveston Bay – Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Charts of areas of interest around Galveston Bay will be available for hands-on use. Leroy guarantees that seminar attendees will never see Galveston Bay quite the same way again.

Electric Outboard Propulsion for Sail and Power Boats

Electric Outboard Propulsion for Sail and Power Boats is an overview of the common options for electric outboard propulsion for sail and power boats currently on the market, with a discussion of the pros and cons of the different options.

Introduction to Sailing

Each participant will have a chance to take an “instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing vessels available through Galveston Community Sailing Center of Sea Scout Base Galveston.

Kayak fishing

Cabela’s prostaff Kayak fisherman

Boat Canvas and Upholstery

Phyllis provides tips and examples covering different canvas products for Bimini Tops, enclosures, dodgers and sprayhoods, full covers, cushions and formed seat upholstery.

Practical Satellite Communication the Leisure Marine Community

Rick will cover the range of available marine satellite technologies for voice, data, email, safety and weather and what is coming in the near future.

Budgeting for Family Cruising

Rich outlines how to budget and plan for your family to successfully complete a lengthy cruise.

Fish the Texas Gulf Coast successfully in a kayak

Andy and his kayak fishing partner will show you tips and techniques on how to fish around the Texas Gulf Coast successfully in a kayak. Both professional kayak fishermen have several high profile kay tournament wins under their belts and are active in the kayak fishing online community.