The Waggoner Cruising Guide and Fine Edge crew are in their 12th year of presenting Boat Show University as partners with the Seattle Boat Show. We founded the program which offers 3–hour and full day seminars with some of the best marine instructors in the business. A 3-hour class is $39, and full-day courses are $100. There are some exceptions, like the 2-day Weather Training Program for $200.
Seattle Boat Show University – Learn from the Experts!
January 27 to February 4
The Boat Show University program just keeps getting better and better. Look over the courses HERE and sign up. Keep in mind, there is limited seating, and many classes fill up before the show.
This year you can learn about Understanding NW Weather for Safe and Comfortable Cruising from local Seattle area expert Jeff Renner. Want a comprehensive course to Understand Weather Forecasting and Cruise Decision Making? Join expert Lee Chesneau for a 2-day class on Tuesday and Wednesday at the show.
There are many new changes in technology. Kevin Monahan, the author of The Radar Book, takes you through the latest in digital radar technology with his course Radar for Navigation and Collision Avoidance. Or, the class with navigation expert Captain Linda Lewis where she shows you how to use traditional navigation skills with the new technologies available with personal computers, iPads, and Android tablets. Her course is called Navigation with New Technologies.
Linda will also be leading an all day Women’s Program with Margaret Pommert on the Monday of the boat show. This program, A Woman’s Perspective: 101 Practical Tips for Safe and Fun Cruising was a hit last year, and the women who attended came away more knowledgeable and confident in their marine skills.
We have a new program for those interested in competing in the Race to Alaska aka R2AK. This all day program on Thursday will give you a lot of information to Prepare and Survive the Race to Alaska. It is presented by Race Boss Dan Evans, Katy Stewart, who participated last year and Inside Passage expert Mark Bunzel.
What if your boat breaks down, or do you just want to learn more about the systems on your boat. Expert instructor Mike Beemer will be teaching all day courses in Electrical and Diesel Troubleshooting. Don’t have a weekday available; Mike will also be teaching 3-hour courses on the weekend to help with understanding and troubleshooting your boat’s systems.
Heading north? We have experts to teach you the practical tips for cruising from the San Juan Islands, through BC and all the way up to SE Alaska.
And, if things are not going right on the water, you can learn what to do in Bill Baker’s What to Do When the Going Gets Tough. And, if the Captain Drops Dead – Or is incapacitated, Mark Bunzel will take you through how to prepare information for a family member or friend to summon aid or get the boat back to the dock.
Cost: A 3-hour class is $39, and full day courses are $100.
We encourage you to take a look at the educational courses to Learn from the Experts and improve your nautical skills at Seattle Boat Show University.