2017 Free Seminar Series

With Over 50 Free With Entry Seminars – there is something for everyone!

This April the 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 are hosted by technical experts, industry professionals and well-seasoned sailors.

Just a few of the featured seminars will include:

  • Women on the Water (ladies only)
  • Selection and care of your sails
  • Diesel engine maintenance
  • Docking for Couples
  • Galveston area destinations of interest to boaters
  • Flower Gardens Banks National Park Sanctuary
  • Galveston Bay Fishing
  • Basic Coastal Navigation
  • U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service and Galveston Bay
  • and sailing in the British Virgin Islands
  • Introduction of “Catfish Bubblegum”

Whether you are a seasoned skipper or just learning the ropes of your new passion – there is a seminar for you at the South West International Boat Show!

Check back for updates to the program…

FULL SEMINAR PROGRAM

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Day 1
06 Apr 2017

How to Finance the Boat or Yacht of your Dreams

Donna, being a marine finance specialist for 26 years, will discuss the application and closing process, along with how rates, terms and loan amounts are determined.

Get Acquainted to Boating Navigation

Learn how to use a chart, to plot, “TVMDC,” explain navigational electronics and provide hints for acquiring navigational information on an ongoing basis.

The Benefit of Working with a Yacht Broker When Buying or Selling Your Boat

Covers what associations and organizations oversee the business of yacht brokering, why you should look for a broker with the CPYB designation and what services should a full-service yacht broker provide you as a buyer or seller.

Galveston Bay Live!

Urs will illustrate the latest technology in live, HD, interactive web cameras located around Galveston Bay designed to give recreational boaters a “know before you go” resource for a safe and enjoyable day on the water.
Day 2
07 Apr 2017

Marine Canvas & Sails: Care, Maintenance and Repairs

Keith and Trent will discuss the care, maintenance and repairs of canvas on boats.  Special attention will be paid to various types of materials used in canvas and sail construction.  Attention will be paid to Sunbrella, Enclosure Glass (Eisenglas), Vinyls, Stamoid, Makrolon (Polycarbonate), Dacron, etc…  We will also discuss how to care for your products to provide the longest life with the fewest number of repairs made.  After 40 years in the business, Keith and Trent have seen most everything so bring all your questions.

Seamanship Basics

Learn about being safe aboard your vessel, how to read markers, buoys, range and safety markers, PFDs, tying up your vessel and how to use fenders.

Docking for Couples -Sail and Power

Capt. Bill Jenko has been boating for over 50 years including 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.

Researching and Choosing the Right Boat for You

Christopher will go over some of the finer points of different types of sail and power boats showing you pros and cons of each to help you choose the boat that fits you. Chris was one of the founders of Boattest.com, a boat testing service to help consumers make intelligent choices.

Introduction to Sailing

With each guest taking a turn on a sailing simulator (only one in the US) and close with an” instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing vessels available through Galveston Community Sailing Center at SSBG.

Fishing for trout in SE Texas

Kevin is life-long fisherman and a speckled trout fanatic. Kevin has created several books and DVDs from his experiences as a full-time fishing guide and tournament veteran out of Corpus Christi Bay, Baffin Bay and the Upper Laguna Madre. Kevin will share some of his fishing secrets and have fishing materials on hand.

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.

Introduction of the Galveston Bay Foundation Boater Waste Education Campaign

Focusing on engaging recreational boaters in helping to clean up Galveston Bay’s waters.  Nate will touch on current news on dioxin ponds along Galveston Bay shores.

Marine Communication for Recreational Boaters

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

The Beauty of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Shelley will describe this Gulf Coast treasure 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 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.

Practical Satellite Communication for 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 shortly.

Cruising from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Grenada

Lynne took an extended adventure onboard a 46-foot catamaran, creating story after story with photos… Lynne will also describe her experiences kayaking in the eastern Caribbean.

Master/Navigation and Deck officer on Ocean-going Cargo ships

Captain Curtiss, Master with 30 years’ experience, will describe her rise from humble beginnings in the maritime community to the top of the maritime industry with such distinctions as Engineering Officer on diesel, steam and gas turbine operated ocean-going cargo ships and port engineer for American Presidents Line (APL). Carol is currently a college instructor in Houston and has sailed as Chief Mate aboard Texas Maritime training vessel Texas Clipper.

Underwater Photography

Jesse will show images taken throughout the Gulf of Mexico revealing the beauty of these diverse habitats and species.  Jesse will have a few of the professional photos featured in his book Our Glorious Gulf of Mexico.

How to Build a Cruising First Aid Kit

With resources to help you create your own kit.  Ken and his wife live aboard their boat and plan to go cruising next year.  Ken has been in EMS for 23 years and has been a local, state and FBI SWAT medic.

How to Buy a New or Used Yacht

Captain Rick covers the nuances of purchasing a power or sailing yacht in today’s marketplace.

Fly Fishing

Lamarr is a professional and avid redfish hunter guide.
Day 3
08 Apr 2017

Provisioning and Cooking Onboard

Join David and Nancy to receive professional advice on “eculent” dining aboard your boat with actual demonstration from David Skinner and Nancy Manlove…samples will result to the first 50.

The British Virgin Islands – Chartering and Cruising

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

Cruising to the Bahamas and Beyond

Dr. Wilson will give tips and strategies for getting to the Bahamas via the GIWW, crossing the Big Bend, the Florida Keys, the Okeechobee Waterway, crossing the Gulfstream, getting weather information, the island groups, and more. The seminar will talk about what you might want in a boat and what gear you may want to have. He sails an Island Packet 31’ sailboat out of New Orleans with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. Dr. Wilson is author of Slow Boat to the Bahamas.

Our Glorious Gulf of Mexico (Jesse’s photo book)

Jesse will show images caught throughout the Gulf of Mexico revealing the beauty of these diverse habitats and species with photos.

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.

Marine Communication for Recreational Boaters

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

Provisioning and Cooking Onboard While Cruising

Iris and her husband have extensive cruising experience aboard over long distances aboard their 46 foot Hylas sailboat.  Iris has a Kindle ebook – “You Go, I’ll Fly to Meet You!”

Galveston Bay Destinations

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

Canvas and Cushions – Looking Good and Staying Comfortable

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

Bluewater Cruising

Terry will focus on three key items important to bluewater cruisers…watermakers, tankage and batteries. Terry will also cover what it typically costs for a couple to go bluewater cruising.

Galveston Bay: Cruising Destinations and U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service on Galveston Bay

Philip will give you the flavor of most of these destinations and provide some basic information on how to safely navigate to them. It is for both sailboaters and powerboaters alike, of all skill levels, and for anyone who would like to be a bit more adventurous than just day-sailing activities. Also, to be covered will be some important information on “Sharing Our Bay” with commercial vessels, USCG Security Zones, MARSEC level requirements for boaters, and the USCG Vessel Traffic Service (VTS).

The Beauty of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Shelley will describe this Gulf Coast treasure 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 Make 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.”

Sail Trim for the Cruising Sailor

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

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.

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.

Cruising with Kids

Christie will help you keep your little ones safe, having fun aboard, with practical tips on life jackets, swimming lessons, first aid and safe zones.

Women on the 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.

All Things Sails

Farley will provide tips and strategies for keeping your sails and canvas well maintained and what to look for when preparing to “lift the sails.” Farley coaches many Melges 32 teams, races on RP 86 Windquest and races his own Viper 640.

Basic Coastal Navigation – 2 hours

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.

Researching and Choosing the Right Boat for You

Christopher will go over some of the finer points of different types of sail and power boats showing you pros and cons of each to help you choose the boat that fits you. Chris was one of the founders of Boattest.com, a boat testing service to help consumers make intelligent choices.

The Benefit of Working with a Yacht Broker When Buying or Selling Your Boat

Cover what associations and organizations oversee the business of yacht brokering, why you should look for a broker with the CPYB designation and what services should a full-service yacht broker provide you as a buyer or seller.
Day 4
09 Apr 2017

Insuring Your Boat or Yacht – What You Need to Know

Paul will share stories from his 21 years of representing marine specialty insurance and what you need to look for when insuring your boat or yacht.

The British Virgin Islands – Chartering and Cruising

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

Sail Around the World Part-Tim

The myth is that people sail off around the world never to return cruising the year round. The truth is that cruising is a part of the year past-time because cyclone and hurricane seasons. In this talk, the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast host, Linus Wilson, talks about how and why it is preferable to circle the globe in two to six month increments. He sails an Island Packet 31’ sailboat out of New Orleans with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. His boat is currently in the island of Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas islands of French Polynesia.

Sail / Inventory Selection for the Cruising Sailor

An interactive discussion where we’ll discuss all the various types of sails and inventory choices to help you pick a good sail inventory for your boat.  Keith and Trent cover everything from simple Main and Jib on a sloop to a cutter rigged ketch with a top down furling code zero and asymmetrical spinnaker and everything in between.  Bring all your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Patterns and Tactics Fishing Galveston Bay – 2 hours

Paul will be drawing on his thirty years of wade fishing and drift fishing for redfish, trout and flounder with his personal DVDs to use for illustrations.

Electric Outboard Propulsion for Sail and Power Boats

This 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.

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.

Catfish Fishing Southeast Texas

Brad will share tips and techniques on how to catch large bass in SE Texas and debut “Catfish Bubblegum” – No stink bait!

Ladies of the Sea” (just for the ladies) – 2 hours

Learn about being safe aboard your vessel, how to read markers, buoys, range and safety markers, PFDs, tying up your vessel and how to use fenders.

Galveston Bay: Cruising Destinations and U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service on Galveston Bay

Philip will give you the flavor of most of these destinations and provide some basic information on how to safely navigate to them. It is for both sailboaters and powerboaters alike, of all skill levels, and for anyone who would like to be a bit more adventurous than just day-sailing activities. Also, to be covered will be some important information on “Sharing Our Bay” with commercial vessels, USCG Security Zones, MARSEC level requirements for boaters, and the USCG Vessel Traffic Service (VTS).

Kayaking from the Pro’s

Andy will be discussing the various types of kayaks, pros and cons of each style, ensuring that your next kayak is a perfect fit. He will also be displaying and discussing the various equipment and tools needed to get started with inshore fishing from a kayak.

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.

Master/Navigation and Deck officer on Ocean-going Cargo ships

Captain Curtiss, Master with 30 years-experience, will describe her rise from humble beginnings in the maritime community to the top of the maritime industry with such distinctions as Engineering Officer on diesel, steam and gas turbine operated ocean-going cargo ships and port engineer for American Presidents Line (APL). Carol is currently a college instructor in Houston and has sailed as Chief Mate aboard Texas Maritime training vessel Texas Clipper.

The Benefit of Working with a Yacht Broker When Buying or Selling Your Boat

Cover what associations and organizations oversee the business of yacht brokering, why you should look for a broker with the CPYB designation and what services should a full-service yacht broker provide you as a buyer or seller.

Fly Fishing

Redfish hunter guide, Lamarr, will bring lots of stories and examples to show you how to fly fish the SE Texas coast.

Galveston Bay Live!

Urs will illustrate the latest technology in live, HD, interactive web cameras located around Galveston Bay designed to give recreational boaters a “know before you go” resource for a safe and enjoyable day on the water.

Tools Every Boater Should Carry

Steve hails from Freeport TX and has spent extensive time working on his own sport fishing yacht. When something breaks, it’s usually when there is a boat full of guests.  Steve will share what he has learned (usually the hard way) over 12 years as a self-described “self-mechanic.”

Keeping Your Cool (and Warmth) on Your Boat

Mike will share tips on buying and maintaining the HVAC system that is right for your size and type of boat. Some of his experiences and solutions to different challenges will surprise you…there are several options for every boater regarding cooling and heating with many decisions depending on your budget.

Preparation of Your Boat for Hurricanes: The Dos and Don’ts

From June 1 – October 30, every Texas boater has a special view toward the weather. Specifically: Is there a hurricane headed toward my boat? Many skippers know to strip the sails, Biminis and anything else that catches the wind.  Ed will cover tying down with the right lines, covering openings to boat insides, making plans with other boaters in advance, and more. Be ready and return to your boat happy.