2018 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.

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

Day 1
12 Apr 2018
Day 2
13 Apr 2018
Day 3
14 Apr 2018
Day 4
15 Apr 2018

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.

Basic Sailboat Racing in Galveston Bay

Introduction to racing on Galveston Bay where you can learn the “how, where, when, what to bring” when racing the first few times with the Galveston Bay Cruising Association.

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.

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.

Short Handed Sailing – Adding Safety to Your Cruising

Cruisers on sailboats often are short-handed, especially when couples cruise by themselves.  Keith and Trent will give you many suggested rigging, sail handling and boat setup ideas to help make your boat handling easier and safer.

From Sheets to Halyards, and Docklines to Anchor Rodes; Choosing the Correct Line for Your Boating Operation

Learn now to navigate the benefits and uses of today’s ropes (3-Strand, Double-Braid, Mega-Braid and Hi-Tech Dyneema) to better operate and protect your boat.

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 Sea Scout Base Galveston.

Cruising Around Cuba

Renne’ will describe her presentations to the schools in Cuba about her children’s books (autographed books will be available) and being an author and Jon will speak about requirements to go to Cuba, navigation to Cuba, and what to expect while over there.

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.

Marine Communication for Recreational Boaters

Charles covers techniques and etiquette for properly communicating via VHF while away from the dock. Charles has cruised along the Texas Gulf Coast as well as Chesapeake Bay and Virgin Islands and teaches advanced courses for the Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron.

Basic Sailboat Racing in Galveston Bay

Introduction to racing on Galveston Bay where you can learn the “how, where, when, what to bring” when racing the first few times with the Galveston Bay Cruising Association.

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.

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.

Sailing from Kemah to the Mediterranean

Doug and Barb Schindler left from Kemah and crossed the Atlantic in their 46-foot monohull in 2010.  They have been cruising the Med ever since.  Find out how you prepare for 38 sea days with only two stops, organize watch schedules and provision.  They will discuss equipment, the weather and the right time to go.  Find out how life aboard with only the sky and the sea stays interesting.

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.

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Boat

If you are making plans to buy a new or used boat, then it means that you are visiting boat shows, stores and you are also researching online for what to look for in a good boat. The chosen boat must fit your lifestyle, and it should be innovative with advanced features for passenger safety, boat handling, and entertainment. To be safe and to protect your money, you must avoid these five pitfalls…

San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site in Channelview

Scott will provide an overview of the history of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site in Channelview, the location for paper mill waste disposal in the 1960s.  The site, discovered in 2005, contains toxic dioxins that have resulted in seafood consumption advisories and has been the subject of an EPA-led cleanup process since 2008. Scott will let you know why GBF has called for removal of the wastes, the steps that have been taken to temporarily stabilize the site and recently approved plans to permanently clean it up, along with the cleanup timeline.

Building Your Boating Resume for Your Next Sailventure

There are many benefits to building your boating resume.  Insurance rates, preventing accidents, preventing maintenance issues and building relationships are a few of the benefits of enhancing you and your crew’s boating experience.  Darryl will discuss classes that are available and opportunities to work with and gain experience from others in the Clear Lake/Galveston Bay area as well as SailVentures in the Caribbean.  Darryl will announce the upcoming trip to Grenada and some pointers for those ready to take the next steps into chartering in international waters.

New Fishing Tackle and Tactics on the Texas Coast

Join Chip as he reviews recent improvements in several fishing tackle items and how to use these new products along the Southeast Texas Coast.

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 Around Cuba

Renne’ will describe her presentations to the schools in Cuba about her children’s books (autographed books will be available) and being an author and Jon will speak about requirements to go to Cuba, navigation to Cuba, and what to expect while over there.

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Boat

If you are making plans to buy a new or used boat, then it means that you are visiting boat shows, stores and you are also researching online for what to look for in a good boat. The chosen boat must fit your lifestyle, and it should be innovative with advanced features for passenger safety, boat handling, and entertainment. To be safe and to protect your money, you must avoid these five pitfalls…

Marine Communication for Recreational Boaters

Charles covers techniques and etiquette for properly communicating via VHF while away from the dock. Charles has cruised along the Texas Gulf Coast as well as Chesapeake Bay and Virgin Islands and teaches advanced courses for the Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron.

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.

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.

Boating Safety – How to Avoid a USCG Ticket

Charles will be reviewing US Coast Guard requirements for safe boating and how to avoid getting a ticket when the USCG boards your boat (having correct types of life jackets based on where you are, etc.).  When you pass a “boarding,” you get a piece of paper that’s good for an entire year to prove you’ve been boarded.

iPads for Boating – Your Almost All-in-One Tool for Navigation

Jerry demonstrates various popular iPad and Android Tablet apps for navigation, weather, and route planning. Jerry will also show how the iPad or tablet can be integrated into or replace many boat electronics including engine instruments, AIS receivers/transponders, and chart plotters. The presentation is great for beginners and advanced users, as well as for coastal and offshore sailors.

Internet on Your Boat

Equipping your boat to provide internet connectivity in and beyond your local marina is the focus of Bryan’s presentation. Bryan will discuss some networking terminology, as well as the equipment and capabilities necessary to get you connected from your slip to the sea.

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.

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).

Anchoring for the Cruising Sailor

Proficiency in safe anchoring greatly increases your boating range, security, and convenience. Beginners will learn which anchor to use, where, and how to anchor. More experienced boaters will be surprised by the findings of the latest anchoring research and anchoring myths debunked in this presentation.

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.

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.

Basic Sailboat Racing in Galveston Bay

Introduction to racing on Galveston Bay where you can learn the “how, where, when, what to bring” when racing the first few times with the Galveston Bay Cruising Association.

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.

Reading Nautical Charts: A view of historical and modern-day Galveston Bay

Leroy shares his strong interest in the changes over the years of Galveston Bay…many changes.  Leroy brings charts from throughout the years for illustration and show how to read the charts.

From ESPN to Facebook – Evolution of the El Pescador Outdoor Show

Chip is now reaching more people on Facebook (than on ESPN) with his fishing show covering the latest reports on boats and fishing equipment of interest to SE Texas fishermen.  Come hear some great true “fishing tales.”

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.

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.

Advanced Cruising Sail Techniques, Tuning Your Rig and Open Forum for Any Sail Question

Want that extra oomph! for your sails to get to your destination sooner? Keith and Trent will cover advanced sail tips to get that little extra out of your sails and getting your mast in tune.  Big Extra: Keith and Trent will then open the presentation to ANY question you have about your sails…great chance to get help from the sail pros with over 73 years combined experience in all types of boats.

Visiting Mexico by Private Boat

“Fito” 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). You will also receive a directory of marinas in Mexico that will help boaters decide what destination to visit.

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.

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.

Make Your Own Boat Canvas

A home sewing machine and the simple but innovative new pattern-making techniques taught here enable you to make covers and other canvas items for your boat at a tiny fraction of the cost of having it done professionally.

Sail Around the World Part-Time

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.

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.

From Sheets to Halyards, and Docklines to Anchor Rodes; Choosing the Correct Line for Your Boating Operation

Learn now to navigate the benefits and uses of today’s ropes (3-Strand, Double-Braid, Mega-Braid and Hi-Tech Dyneema) to better operate and protect your boat.

Reading Nautical Charts: A View of Historical and Modern-Day Galveston Bay

Leroy shares his strong interest in the changes over the years of Galveston Bay…many changes.  Leroy brings charts from throughout the years for illustration and shows how to read the charts.

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!  Amazing.

Basic Sailboat Racing in Galveston Bay

Introduction to racing on Galveston Bay where you can learn the “how, where, when, what to bring” when racing the first few times with the Galveston Bay Cruising Association.

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

Navigating the paperwork to become a Seafarer in the commercial shipping fleet of the Merchant Marine can be an overwhelming task.  If it is too late for you to start a career, maybe you know of a youngster that could use an exciting and well-paid career. Come hear Captain Carol Curtiss speak on her 35-year career as a Ship’s officer on Tankers, Containerships, and Car Carriers. She can entertain and inform you on the Life of a Merchant Seaman. Pamphlets will be provided for the San Jacinto Maritime school in La Porte.

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).

Tackle and Fly Fishing the Southeast

Chuck will introduce the latest techniques and tackle he uses to catch fish on Sabine Lane and Lake Calcasieu.

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.

iPads for Boating – Your Almost All-in-One Tool for Navigation

Jerry demonstrates various popular iPad and Android Tablet apps for navigation, weather, and route planning. Jerry will also show how the iPad or tablet can be integrated into or replace many boat electronics including engine instruments, AIS receivers/transponders, and chart plotters. The presentation is great for beginners and advanced users, as well as for coastal and offshore sailors.

Visiting Mexico by Private Boat

“Fito” 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). You will also receive a directory of marinas in Mexico that will help boaters decide what destination to visit.

Texas Coastal Cruising Destinations

Bryan will take you on a brief look at more than 25 cruising destinations along the upper Texas coast from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur and all throughout the Galveston Bay Area. Bryan’s presentation will include an updated status on those marinas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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

Navigating the paperwork to become a Seafarer in the commercial shipping fleet of the Merchant Marine can be an overwhelming task.  If it is too late for you to start a career, maybe you know of a youngster that could use an exciting and well-paid career. Come hear Captain Carol Curtiss speak on her 35-year career as a Ship’s officer on Tankers, Containerships, and Car Carriers. She can entertain and inform you on the Life of a Merchant Seaman. Pamphlets will be provided for the San Jacinto Maritime school in La Porte.

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.

Indispensable Tools for Every Boater

Dan hails from Venice, LA 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.  Dan will share what he has learned (usually the hard way) over 18 years as a self-described “DIY-mechanic.”

Cruising in Comfort, Despite the Temperature

Adam, from Gulf Shores, Alabama, will share tips on buying and maintaining your boat’s HVAC system on almost any budget.

Preparing Your Boat for Storms Along the Gulf Coast

From June 1 – November 30, every Gulf Coast boater is at the mercy of possible storms. Many skippers know to take down anything that catches the wind.  Bruce will cover tying down with the right lines, covering openings to boat insides, making plans with other boaters in advance, and more.