Seattle Boat Show

Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 at 10:00am

Seattle, WA 98101

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Schedule of Events

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Saltwater Structure Strategies

Featuring: Tom Nelson
To catch the varied species of fish in the Pacific Northwest, it's important to understand the habitat and structure in which these critters reside. Tune in to Saltwater Structure Strategies for an overview from Tom Nelson of 710 ESPN The Outdoor Line radio show. Don't forget your note pad!

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Diesel Engine Essentials

Featuring: John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal
A dependable engine and knowledge of systems is key to most successful cruises. Join Amanda and John for an overview of diesel engines, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting insights gleaned from their combined 77 years of offshore experience. A free handout highlights the essential components and resources of this seminar.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Cruising Local: Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

Featuring: Mark Bunzel
Being on the water is pure magic—especially in the Pacific Northwest! If you haven't spent the time to explore our own backyard, this course is for you. This seminar, presented by Mark Bunzel, the editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, will give you planning routes and tips to make the most of your summer holiday. Topics will include unique areas and must see highlights in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands; information on clearing US and Canadian Customs; books and charts; electronics/internet access; anchorages and moorages; fuel & repairs; water & provisions; cell/WiFi communications. This seminar will also launch you successfully towards cruising the Inside Passage.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Premier Fishing Waters in Central Washington

Featuring: Dave Graybill
There's a reason Dave Graybill is known as "The Fishin' Magician". Having grown up in Central Washington and fished virtually every square inch of water in Central Washington over the last 50 years, he's developed personal relationships with all of these fish species and knows exactly what meetings to show up for with these "friends" of his, and at what time. Some call it hypnosis, others call it magic, either way, he's got them well-trained to follow his orders and you don't want to miss this seminar as The Fishin' Magician reveals all of his favorite places to fish in Central Washington. Welcome aboard, in beautiful Central Washington!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Cruising Alaska & British Columbia's Inside Passage

Featuring: Wendy Hinman
Wendy Hinman will share highlights cruising to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back. These remote cruising grounds feature natural phenomena like glaciers, waterfalls, and hot springs; as well as wildlife including whales, bears, otters and more; and a native culture like no other. Get a taste for the possibilities and how to make the most of the time you have to enjoy them. This talk will include valuable tips for trip planning, resources available, and potential pitfalls to help you prepare.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Tuna Fishing off the Washington Coast: Live Bait Tuna Success

Featuring: Tommy Donlin
Tommy Donlin, Defiance Boats and Raymarine Pro Staff Captain has a wealth of knowledge on coastal and offshore fishing action. As a tournament Captain since 2010, his aggressive pursuit of halibut, lingcod, salmon and tuna have led to refined and highly effective tactics. The Washington tuna fishery is world class with absolutely wide-open bites that will surely lead to sore arms. Join him, as he shares in great detail, his systematic and successful approach to fishing that will be sure to put fish on your boat.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Sail Trim

Featuring: Carol Hasse
Join Carol Hasse for a never before seen virtual tour of Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails! She'll also present Sail Trim for Cruisers discusses how to get the greatest efficiency from a sail for most comfortable and predictable vessel motion, sail performance longevity, and boat speed. Focus will be on running rigging, trim tools and their effect on sail shape.

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Cruising British Columbia

Featuring: Greg & Lori Bernard
As many of us look to head north again this next season, join Greg and Lori on the passage through British Columbia. From the Northern Georgia Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait, to Bella Bella and the amazing waterfalls through Grenville Channel and hot springs—these are worthy destinations in and of themselves. All of the areas boast a variety of secluded anchorages, marinas, and communities to explore. Careful route planning through this area is the usual course for those taking on adventures to the more remote parts of Northern B.C. north to Alaska.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Anchoring Basics

Featuring: Ace Spragg
Get off the dock and enjoy cruising in your own private world! Choosing an anchorage and setting the hook securely. Feel confident on your anchor.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: How to: Mooching for Salmon

Featuring: Keith Robbins
Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon in Seattle, will provide tips and secrets on how to catch salmon with one of the oldest techniques that was first used by the Japanese Americans in Elliott Bay and Puget Sound way before and right after World War II. Robbins is one of the last fishing guides to strictly use this way of catching salmon in Puget Sound. Feeling the "bite" with your salmon rod in hand as the fish takes your bait is one of the most exciting ways to hook a fish.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Dungeness Crabbing Curriculum

Featuring: Tom Nelson
Crabbing is one of Puget Sound's most popular recreational fisheries, and for good reason! Each year, sport fishers catch more than 1.5 million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets, and – in the case of wade and dive fishers – even their bare hands. Join Tom Nelson of 710 ESPN The Outdoor Line as he gets you dialed in for Dungeness crabbing in this action-packed seminar.

2:00 pm - 3:00 am: A Taste of the Navionics App

Featuring: Linda Lewis
Safe boaters know where they are going. So let Capt. Linda Lewis ( help you be safe by introducing you to the popular "Navionics Boating Marine and Lakes" app. She'll get you started by showing you what the colors on the map mean and step you through how to create your own routes. Using this app is a great way to begin to learn how to navigate

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Successful Coho Fishing on Central Puget Sound

Featuring: Conner Martinis
Coho salmon fishing can be tricky. And that's where Conner Martinis, owner of John's Sporting Goods tackle shop in Everett, WA comes in. In this informative presentation, Conner will unleash his tricks for getting these high-flying fish to bite. With a lifetime of experience under his belt, and mentorship from Puget Sound fishing legend and author of The Saltwater Fishing Journal John Martinis, Conner has all the information you need to be a successful Coho salmon angler. Tune in!

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Trouble-Shooting Marine Electrical Systems

Featuring: Mike Beemer
When systems fail while out cruising, it's a strong possibility that electricity is involved. Finding leaks is easy because it's a visual thing, during this presentation Michael will give you some tips & techniques that will help you understand what you are looking for and how to efficiently analyze the problem to get your system back up and running.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Cruising SE Alaska

Featuring: Leonard & Lorena Landon
The ultimate Northwest boating destination; Southeast Alaska. The dream is here. You've arrived in Ketchikan. Now, where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare. Beyond cruising the most popular "trapline" destinations, they will present how to explore the lessor traveled destinations. Topics include: trip planning; routing alternatives; what to expect in the way of weather, wind, & seas; anchorages & moorages; wildlife expectations; hot springs; ruins & relics; boardwalk villages; water & provisions; fuel & repairs; print & online references; VHF radio issues; communications/internet access via Cell/WiFi & other methods; information on permits and cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, LeConte Glacier, and other favorite locations like: Anan Bay Bear Observatory, Elfin Cove, and Hoonah; as well as off beaten track locations like Yakutat and Point Baker. You'll likely want more than one cruising season in Southeast Alaska for the many adventure opportunities in this glorious cruising ground. This seminar will help you make your choices and start your dream planning.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: The Best Way to Bring a Boat Alongside A Dock

Featuring: Pam Wall
How many times have you found yourself just not doing the right thing to ensure you will happily come alongside a dock with no mistakes or misjudgments? After being taught by Pam's husband, Andy, the easiest method of coming alongside a dock, no matter what the wind or tide is doing, Pam has perfected for coming alongside a dock because it is so easy. See how Pam comes into her slip or alongside any dock that has cleats or bollards, with ease and safety most every time. Watch what Pam was taught and uses on a daily sailing basis to get her boat safely and efficiently alongside a dock. Hopefully this will help others to have that same feeling of a successful docking experience every time.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Cutthroat Fishing on Puget Sound

Featuring: Keith Robbins
Typically done near shorelines and in very shallow water, fishing both top-water and sinking flies with boat floating and sinking lines, this is an experience like no other! Join Captain Keith Robbins and his Puget Sound fishing experience of over 50 years as he goes through what it takes to catch sea-run cutthroat trout on the saltwater. He'll cover places to be, tactics, strategies, tackle, and more. Don't miss hearing about this unique fishery.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Downrigger Fishing for Salmon in the San Juan Islands

Featuring: Chris Long
If you've ever fished in the San Juan's, you've surely fished next to Captain Chris Long, owner of Jolly Mon Charters in Anacortes. With Chris's more than 10 years of experience as a charter captain in the spectacular San Juan Islands, he is like a walking, human sonar that always knows where the bait and fish are stacked up. There's a lot of water to cover in the San Juan's, listen to Chris's tips and tricks to ensure a more successful San Juan Islands fishing trip for you and your friends.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Couples Facing New Challenges: We bought a boat! Now what?

Featuring: Linda Lewis
You did it, you're a boat-owning couple. Now wouldn't you like to avoid having to say: "I'm sorry for what I said to you while I was docking the boat." Capt. Linda Lewis has lots of strategies and tips for couples who want to stay safe and have fun on a boat. She will share the wisdom that was gathered through training hundreds of couples on boat handling (, as well as from her own boating experiences

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Understanding the Weather

Featuring: Bruce Hedrick
Knowing how to gather and understand weather information can make the difference between a pleasant day on the water and a terrifying day! Bruce Hedrick has been assisting mariners with their weather planning and decision making for years. Many of the top winning sailing teams have enlisted Bruce for their weather routing and strategies. Bruce will share with you his techniques for reaching out and gathering all of the relevant and critical weather information and then developing a picture of the weather and how it can affect your passage. He will also discuss the online tools and apps to gather weather info and their strengths and shortcomings. At the end of the day, you will be a more confident and safer mariner knowing how to interpret the weather and how it will impact your passage.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Tuna Part 4: Working the Iron for Albacore

Featuring: Del Stephens
Captain Del Stephens travels the west coast ruining marriages and bank accounts one tuna seminar after another.
The deep – sea version of fishing remedies — peddled by a man called Tuna Dog — has anglers ditching their salmon gear and conventional boats for stout rods, heavy lines and big boats that can run 50 miles offshore to partake in the Northwest's fastest growing salty adventure.
Teaching people a whole new line of bad habits – all it takes is one albacore feeding frenzy – with screaming reels and a bloody boat deck – to turn any anglers curiosity into an addiction and when they get hooked — it's welcome to the Dark Side. The Dark Side is coming to the Seattle Boat Show.Tune in for the grand finale, Part 4.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Sail Inventory

Featuring: Carol Hasse
Join Carol Hasse for a never before seen virtual tour of Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails! She will also present Sail Inventory for Cruisers covers the sails that are necessary to have aboard for safety and relative comfort in winds speeds from calms to gales. Focus will be on sail sizes, geometry, construction and handling specific to a vessel's rig.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Fishing & Exploring British Columbia's Vancouver Island

Featuring: Fishing BC
Vancouver Island is a fishing paradise. From lakes and streams, to endless saltwater options, there's something for everyone. Its endless opportunity and jaw-dropping beauty is captured in this segment put together by Fishing BC. Prepare to be amazed.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Favorite Destinations of the Waggoner Cruising Guide

Featuring: Mark Bunzel
The Pacific Northwest offers hundreds of destinations for boaters – even if the border to BC is not open. Mark Bunzel, the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide will take you on a tour of the favorites and how you choose which ones to visit. We will talk through how to develop a fun cruising itinerary that works for your family or crew to focus on the special new destinations you may have not yet visited. Or how you can build a special trip that follows a theme such as favorite hikes, gourmet food experiences or swimming pools and attractions for kids.

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