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Looking for More Education? Register today for more in depth learning with some of the industry’s leading experts in the their fields. These experienced seminar leaders will expand your knowledge base by providing interactive, practical hands on-exercises, inspiration, information with robust discussion and ample time for questions and answers. Find what seminar is right for your boating need! (Registration & Payment Required)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

Nigel Calder Bio

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Nigel Calder

9:00am

Salon 105

The diesel engine is a critically important piece of safety equipment aboard any cruising boat. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling ‘Marine Diesel Engines’ (now in its 3rd edition, and used as a text book in numerous diesel classes) brings his unique brand of humor to a seminar for boatowners, both power and sail, that want to get the most out of their time on the water. Distinguishing between contemporary and older diesels, Calder details often overlooked critical installation issues, and takes a careful look at fuel, oil, cooling, airflow, and powertrain systems while describing in detail all normal maintenance procedures together with basic troubleshooting techniques for common diesel engine problems, defining what the untrained boatowner can reasonably be expected to do and what should not be attempted. You will come away from this seminar with an enhanced understanding of your engine and the confidence to carry out routine maintenance, which alone will save you the price of admission. No previous experience is required. 

$120 per person / $200 per couple plus boat show admission.

Pre-registration required. (7 hours)

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

John & Amanda Neal Bios

Offshore Cruising Seminar

John & Amanda Neal plus Nigel Calder

9:00am

Salon 105

Self-sufficiency and preparation for your cruising adventures, whether to the Caribbean, the Med or South Pacific are the focus of this intensive eight-hour seminar. Technical guru and author Nigel Calder joins John & Amanda Neal for 18 dynamic topics illustrated with PowerPoint presentations and documented in included 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion. In-depth topics include: Selecting and Outfitting a Boat for Offshore Cruising, Diesel Engine Overview, Storm Survival Tactics, Rigging & Sails, Communications, Anchoring, Piracy & Security, Managing Your Escape, Cost of Cruising and Best Worldwide Cruising Areas. This is the 167th Offshore Cruising Seminar John and Amanda have presented to 12,000 sailors since 1976. Visit www.mahina.com for the list of topics and schedule.

$120 per person / $200 per couple plus boat show admission. Includes a copy of John & Amanda's updated Offshore Cruising Companion course book.

Pre-registration required. (8 hours)

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

Nigel Calder Bio

Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems

Nigel Calder

9:00am

Salon 105

The number one source of problems on boats large enough to have an electrical system, both power and sail, lies in these electrical systems. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling ‘Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ (now in its 4th edition, with over 300,000 copies sold) takes participants through the core design and installation requirements necessary to head off electrical systems problems, and then delves into step-by-step troubleshooting techniques, including using a multimeter, that will rapidly identify most problems should they arise. Not only will you leave class with a far better understanding of your electrical systems and knowing how to fix common problems, but you will also likely save the price of admission by not having to make service calls or swap out perfectly good parts in search of solutions. No previous experience is required.

$120 per person / $200 per couple plus boat show admission.

Pre-registration required. (7 hours)

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MONDAY, JANUARY 21

Pam Wall Bio

What Works and Makes Your Offshore Sailing More Efficient, Fun, and Safe

Pam Wall

9:00am

Salon 105

When you think of sailing offshore or across the bay, there are so many procedures and cool things you can do to your boat that you never heard about before attending this seminar!  Pam Wall will take you from bow to stern on a boat she and her husband, Andy, built themselves. You don't often get the opportunity to build a boat from scratch. Their homemade boat was the culmination of many years of sailing in a tiny 30 foot boat from Australia around Cape Horn up to Florida on a transatlantic honeymoon. These sailing experiences gave them the knowledge of what the perfect boat would need for sailing with a family. You will see KANDARIK, the boat they built, that took Pam, Andy and their two small children on a seven year circumnavigation. You will have fun gleaning so much good information from Pam with her stories, all her power point photos and her many handouts that demonstrate what she considers an offshore sailing vessel should be. This all day seminar will give you great inspiration on how a boat should be equipped to take you anywhere in the world. You will enjoy how Pam gives you a wealth of information on how to make your boat more efficient, safer and more fun!

$100 seminar fee plus boat show admission.

Pre-registration required. (8 hours)

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 & SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

Lee Chesneau Bio


Frank Bohlen Bio

Great Lakes to the Open Ocean: Weather and Sea State Fundamentals

Lee Chesneau & Frank Bohlen

8:30am

Salon 105

An introduction to the primary factors governing weather, sea state, and currents affecting the Great Lakes and selected portions of the world’s ocean will be presented in sufficient detail to permit a cruiser to develop an optimum safe routing plan.

Lectures will deal with the three- dimensional structure of the atmosphere and the importance of understanding upper level conditions when attempting to analyze and forecast associated surface systems, their probable evolution, and the associated generated winds. The influence of these winds on the circulation of the Lakes and the surface wave field will be discussed together with the methods, techniques, and sources of information needed to estimate current direction, speeds and wave characteristics. These lectures will be supplemented by a variety of hands-on exercises including the development of a routing plan for a proposed voyage from Toronto to Bermuda, as a basis for going further from there. Join Lee & Frank for this unique and innovative two-day symposium hosted by the Toronto Boat Show.

$250 per person / $375 per couple plus boat show admission.
Two day seminar (Fri. Jan 25th & Sat. Jan 26th)

Pre-registration required. (8.5 hours / day)

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Wally Moran Bio

Your Professional Guide to the Intracoastal Waterway

Wally Moran

10:00am

Salon 110W

No one has more experience sailing the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) south than Wally Moran. He has written and blogged extensively about it. For ten years he has been one of the Toronto International Boat Show's most popular speakers, with thousands of boaters attending his seminars to learn how to travel south safely and enjoyably. Now, he is supersizing his ICW seminar to really assist those going south with a complete and in-depth discussion on getting to your southern paradise.

This four hour seminar is the distillation of thousands of cruising hours between Georgian Bay to Bahamas and Cuba. With 35 trips on the ICW, Wally has discovered every important detail about cruising south safely, comfortably and enjoyably - details you need to know. Worried about shoaling, anchoring safely, or where to overnight? Wally will have just completed yet another trip and will give you up-to-date information on dealing with these challenges, and many more.

Hurricane/storm preparations? Wally has just weathered Irma, Florence and Michael, and has the information you need. This seminar includes guest presentations by cruising experts like Rob McLeod discussing cruising permits and the new ROAM program. Attendees will receive invaluable seminar materials and a list of suggested reference sources both print and online to help you plan your cruise. If you’re going south, this is a must attend seminar.

$68 seminar fee plus boat show admission.

Pre-registration required. (4 hours)

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