Full Day & Half Day Seminars

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.


Pam Wall Bio

The Basic Systems Of A Well Equipped Sailing Boat

Pam Wall


Salon 105

Do you want to see and learn about the kind of equipment above & below deck that can make a cruising sailboat more comfortable, efficient and safe? Pam Wall will take you for a tour on deck and then below to show what she and her husband, Andy, have used to make their boat a safe and more comfortable blue water cruising vessel. All these features were implemented to make their boat easy to sail while being convenient and safe to handle. These ideas came from many years of cruising and making offshore passages. What they have done, by trial and error, you can take advantage of for your boat. There are so many ideas that Pam will give you to upgrade your boating safety and pleasure. This is a seminar not to miss if you are any kind of a sailing boat affectionato.

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

Pre-registration required. (7 hours)

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Paul & Sheryl Shard Bio

Cruising as a Retirement Lifestyle

Paul & Sheryl Shard


Salon 105

Cruising, whether under power or sail, is a great way to travel and see the world and is an appealing lifestyle for those in retirement. If you are approaching retirement or are already enjoying it and are looking for some more adventure on the water, this 3-hour workshop with long-time cruising sailors, Sheryl and Paul Shard, is a great opportunity for you, or you and a partner, to learn what’s involved. With 30 years of cruising experience, the Shards will help you prepare for both local part-time cruising or long-term live aboard cruising to foreign ports around the globe. Topics covered include suitable boats and how to equip them, how to stay in touch with family while traveling, route planning, health and wellness, insurance, costs, whether or not to keep a home base, downsizing, the pros and cons of participating in rallies, and more...

$75 per person / $135 per couple plus boat show admission

Pre-registration required. (3 hours)

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Wally Moran Bio

The Intracoastal Waterway - An Expert's Guide to Sailing South on the ICW Safely and Enjoyably

Wally Moran


Salon 105

When both new or experienced cruisers want information about the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) they contact Wally Moran. A veteran of more than 35 trips on this fabled waterway, he has written and blogged extensively about it. He's learned how to make this part of the journey south safe, comfortable and even fun, turning it in to the kind of trip everyone wants to experience.

As one of the Toronto International Boat Show's most popular speakers for twelve years now, he has helped thousands of boaters attending his seminars to learn how to travel south safely and enjoyably. This four hour ICW seminar is a complete and in-depth discussion on every aspect of the trip south from the Great Lakes - the distillation of thousands of cruising hours between Georgian Bay to Bahamas and Cuba. Having just finished his 37th trip on the ICW, you'll receive the most up to date information available. If you want to learn about cruising south safely, comfortably and enjoyably - this seminar presents the details you need to know.

$68 seminar fee plus boat show admission.

Pre-registration required. (4 hours)

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