Seattle Boat Show 2013 FREE Seminars

When the 2013 Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat kicks off on January 25th, it ...

Seattle Boat Show 2013 FREE Seminars

December 10, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

When the 2013 Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat kicks off on January 25th, it will feature 1,000 boats and yachts indoors and on the water, as well as over three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear. But as popular as shopping is at the event, equally popular for Northwest boaters is the possibility to avail themselves of hundreds of seminars by some of the world’s most renowned experts during the 10 days of the show.


No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and volume of seminars offered. There are more than 200 FREE seminars at CenturyLink Field Event Center, advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show U and the Trawler Port Seminar Series at South Lake Union.

Boating Seminars presented by Allstate Boat Insurance

There’s something for everyone and all skill levels. The boating seminars run the gamut from beginner topics (Anchoring Basics, How to Launch and Trailer your Big Boat Without Yelling, Tips for Choosing and Using a Yacht Broker) to advanced topics (Sail Trim: How to Achieve Top Performance from your Cruising Sails, Night Navigation and AIS: New Solutions for Recreational Boaters) to the esoteric (Repairing an Antique Marine Engine with Stitching Pins).

And for those planning an offshore cruise or dreaming of cruising there is no shortage of advice and seminars to choose from. Close to home, seminars cover cruising Desolation Sound, the Central and North Coast of British Columbia or all the way to Alaska. For those dreaming about going further afield, there are seminars on cruising from Seattle to New Zealand, bareboat chartering in the Virgin Islands and cruising in the South Pacific and Tahiti.

Fishing Seminars presented by Allstate Boat Insurance
The 2013 Seattle Boat Show will feature the best of the best northwest saltwater fishing seminars in the region. The visitors will be given a chance to learn how to target on saltwater salmon fishing, along with lingcod, albacore tuna, Dungeness crab or catching fish out of a kayak. And if one is thinking about a salmon, halibut and lingcod fishing trip to SE Alaska, he should not miss presentations by Sitka, Alaska’s top gun anglers in Tom Ohaus and Kevin McNamee. From Neah Bay, the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound, this is the best opportunity to take in these free seminars from Northwest legend fishermen.

Boat Show University presented by Boat Insurance Agency
The experts are returning for the 2013 Seattle Boat Show University, with a program of 18 informative seminars to help make cruising safe and fun. With courses on weather, cruising to Alaska, and the new tools on the iPad, the popular Boat Show U. program features well known nautical experts such as Jimmy Cornell, Lee Chesneau, Captain Linda Lewis, Mike Beemer, Mark Bunzel and others who annually present extended three hour nautical training seminars and full day seminar programs.

The three hour programs are priced at $39 each with a special package including four courses and boat show admission for $149. All day expert training sessions during the week cover topics such as Offshore Cruising, Marine Weather and Cruising in the Northwest and others for $195. All courses are available for advanced registration on the Seattle Boat Show web site.

Trawler Port Seminars at South Lake Union presented by Passage Maker Magazine

Passage Maker will be putting on their popular Trawler Port seminar series the opening weekend of the show at South Lake Union. Seminars will at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on January 26th and 27th. Topics include Preparing for Extended Cruising and Routes to Alaska.

Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat. Know Before You Go

When: Friday, January 25 – Sunday, February 3, 2013

– CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

– South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle

Free shuttle running continuously between both locations.

CenturyLink Field Event Center:

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm
Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm*

South Lake Union:

Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm
Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*

* The show will close at 4pm on Sunday, February 3rd

Adults: $12; Youth (11-17): $5
Monday – Thursday after 5pm: $8
Kids 10 & under: Free

Official hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium and Courtyard Marriott

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