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Join us every Thursday at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) for this educational boating series! Get the latest boating news and find out great places to cruise with fun interviews. These Zoom sessions are co-hosted by the Waggoner crew and the NMTA, famous for the annual Seattle Boat Show event. Register now for the next session and watch the Seattle Boat Show LIVE!

September 16, 2021: The Sarah Elizabeth Banks, a Converted Fire Boat

What does it take to convert a steam-powered British fire boat to a sailing rig and then a West Coast cruiser? Join Waggoner and NMTA hosts to hear how Malcolm Harker – Yorkshireman, engineer, shipbuilder, and sailor – accomplished this special make-over for the Sara Elizabeth Banks, aka the ssSEB. Learn about the history of this unique vessel, including her classic steam gauges, her riveted steel plates, and other trappings left over from its steam-powered heritage as described by guest Malcolm Harker.

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September 9: Getting Your Feet Wet with Yacht Charters

Have you always dreamed of cruising or sailing in the Pacific Northwest but want to test the waters before purchasing a boat? Chartering a boat is the perfect way to experience the boating life-style and gain some knowledge about boats before making a purchase. Or perhaps you want to try something different, power vs sail. Most charter companies have a variety of boat types and sizes to charter, and they also provide introductory lessons for a fun, safe cruise. Maybe you want to add your boat in the charter fleet to help off-set the costs of owning a boat. Mike Lovell of Anacortes Yacht Charters joins Waggoner and NMTA webcast hosts to share the many benefits of chartering a boat.

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July 22: A Road to Boat Building – Hobby to Career Success

Childhood dreams often come true in our adult lives. That certainly is true for Richard “Bud” LeMieux, a self-taught boat builder, who turned his childhood hobby of boat building into a great-paying job and career later in life. Bud constructed six vessels before finishing high school, including an eight-foot pram and an eighteen-foot power catamaran. Continuing his hobby part-time during college, he decided to turn his boat-building skills into a career. Join Waggoner and NMTA hosts to hear Bud share his journey from boyhood dreams to adult success as one of the world’s most celebrated boat builders and recognized boat-building entrepreneurs. Bud is the founder of Northern Marine, which constructs luxury yachts, superyachts, and commercial fish boats in the Pacific Northwest.

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July 15: Salish Sea School – Students for Conservation

Captain Amy Eberling, Executive Director of the Salish Sea School, will be with Waggoner and NMTA hosts on July 15 to share the opportunities afforded school age students to learn about marine conservation through education and on-the-water research programs. Did you know that students can participate in pinniped and porpoise surveys, water quality testing, and marine bird research? And yes, Orca behavior and fisheries. Programs are available for students 10-12 and students 13-17, with plans to launch a year-round internship in 2022. Jump onboard with us to learn more about this unique boat-based school.

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July 8: Mooring Buoys – one of the best features of Washington State Marine Parks

Marine Park buoys offer convenient overnight moorage and easy access to hiking trails and picnicking, or venturing out with the dinghy or kayak. Have you ever wondered how these buoys are installed, inspected, and maintained? Or perhaps you would like to know who to contact to report a missing buoy. Are there plans to add more mooring buoys for the growing number of boaters in our State? Will there be an online app in the future to pay moorage fees or reserve a buoy?  These and other questions will be answered by our guests from Washington State Parks on Thursday, July 8th at 7 p.m. PDT. Join Waggoner hosts and NMTA hosts for this informative discussion and presentation.

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July 1: Demystifying Outboard Motors

Lower Unit, Powerhead, Clutch Dog, and Cavitation Plate – you may not need to know what these elements of an outboard motor are, but it’s important that your mechanic who works on your outboard motor does. Outboard motors are a complex integrated package of systems that make up a marine propulsion system. What do you do when one part of this integrated system no longer works? Should you make the repairs yourself? Or should you have a professional make the repairs? Join us on July 1st at 7pm PDT with Wayne Evans of Anacortes Outboard Services for a discussion about maintaining and making repairs on an outboard motor, and what parts you should have at the ready. What you can do yourself and what you should leave to the professionals.

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June 24: Looking for a Unique Water-Centric Adventure?

Are you looking for a unique on-the-water adventure, a thrill of a lifetime? Did you know that you can join a guided PWC (personal watercraft) flotilla to Southeast Alaska, or participate in shorter trips within Southeast Alaska? Imagine motoring with an expedition watercraft through remote channels and bays, or seeing and hearing whales on your journey through incredible mountain scenery! Or perhaps you have always wanted to venture through Rocky Pass worry free. To learn more, join us on June 24th at 7 p.m. PDT with guest Steven Moll, Adventure Guide with “Dangerous Water Adventures;” he is ready to answer all your burning questions.

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June 17: What Does It Take To Run a Boatyard?

Have you ever thought about what it takes to run a boatyard? How do you balance the needs of the customer with the needs of the environment? What are the regulations that boatyards must adhere to when pressure washing boats, replacing zincs, sandblasting and making fiberglass repairs? What about bottom preparations and bottom painting for your vessel? Can individuals work on their own boat in a boatyard? Are these regulations harming or benefitting the boating industry? Join us on June 17th at 7 p.m. PDT with our guest George Harris, President of NMTA (Northwest Marine Trade Association), and guest Phil Riise of Seaview Boatyard to learn more about the industry standard and best practices. Phil and his family are the owners of Seaview Boatyards with locations in Seattle, Bellingham, and Fairhaven.

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June 10: Derelict Vessel Removal – How It Works and How You Can Help

Have you wondered how to report an abandoned or derelict vessel that poses a navigation hazard or threat to the environment? Or would like to learn more about how the Derelict Vessel Program works? Perhaps someone you know needs information about how they can turn-in their vessel, or what options are available for disposal. Guest, Troy Wood, Derelict Vessel Removal Program Manager for DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources), is an expert on the topic and is happy to answer your questions. Join Troy, along with NMTA and Waggoner hosts on June 10 at 7 p.m. PDT to learn more about this important topic.

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June 3: Boating and Boat Building in Finland

Join guest speaker Brian Krantz on June 3rd at 7 p.m. PDT to learn about boating and boat building in Finland. Did you know that Sargo boats are 100% hand-made in Finland and are available for purchase or sea trial in Anacortes, Washington? Brian Krantz, an avid boater and boat dealer represents various makes and models, with a special appreciation for the tuff and well-built Sargo. Join NMTA and Waggoner on June 3rd to learn more about the boating experience in Finland; Learn about the unique Sargo boat building center and it’s seaside location. Join us with your enthusiastic questions as we depart on a fun trip to Finland.

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May 27: State Grants that Benefit the Boating Community

Join Waggoner and NMTA hosts on May 27th at 7 p.m. PDT to learn about the latest status of Lakebay Marina and other acquisitions, marina improvements, and boating projects that benefit from program grants offered through RCO (Recreation Conservation Office) of Washington State. Guests Allison Dellwo and Karl Jacobs, Grant Managers for RCO, will walk us through what types of projects qualify for grants, who can apply, and how projects are evaluated and scored. Learn about the many in-water and upland projects that have benefited the boating community over the years.

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May 20: Hiring a Delivery Captain – a Viable Option

Are you wanting to cruise to far-off places but perhaps don’t have the needed time to reach your destination, or perhaps you don’t want to deal with the uncertainties of the U.S./Canada border? Why not hire a Delivery Captain to take your vessel to your desired location. You will have the convenience of arriving by air and joining up with your vessel at a specified marina. Captain Jack De Friel of Yacht Deliveries NW will be joining NMTA and Waggoner on May 20 at 7 p.m. PDT to share the process and logistics of boat transport by sea, and what you need to know. Join us to learn more about the convenient option of boat delivery.

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May 13: Largest Public Marina on the West Coast – Better Than Ever

Did you know that the Port of Everett Marina is the largest public marina on the West Coast? And it’s getting bigger and better than ever, with on-going extensive development of the uplands, along with new and improved docks. The Port of Everett Marina is on a fast-track to becoming a first-class destination for boaters of the Pacific Northwest. Join Waggoner and NMTA on May 13th at 7 p.m. PDT to learn more from our guests Kate Anderson and Jeff Lindhout about the new features and activities happening at the Port of Everett Marina – new restaurants; a splash park; apartments and a hotel; summer concerts, movies, and festivals; a new pedestrian bridge connecting the waterfront to Grand Avenue; trails & beaches; and tours of the Port’s working waterfront. Join us for this fun and entertaining look at the latest offerings found at the Port of Everett Marina.

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May 6: Transit-Through B.C. – The Harsh Reality

Are you thinking about a Transit Through B.C. to cruise in Southeast Alaska this summer? There are many logistics and challenges to consider before making such a decision. Join Waggoner Team hosts and NMTA, along with our guest Craig Norris from Victoria International Marina in British Columbia to learn more about the pros and cons, and the how for a Transit-Through B.C. waters under current Covid restrictions.

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April 29: The Sunsetting of Raster Charts and the Dawn of ENC’s

NOAA is in its second year of a five-year process to end all raster chart products. The sunsetting of raster charts also means the dawn of improved electronic navigational charts, including large scale coverage, data consistency, and a new grid system. Crescent Moegling, NOAA’s Northwest & Pacific Islands Navigation Manager, will be joining NMTA and Waggoner for Seattle Boat Show Live on April 29 at 7 p.m. PDT to explain the sunsetting process and the implementation of the NOAA ENC National Charting Plan. You won’t want to miss hearing about this important topic, along with other navigation tips. Bring your drinks, questions, and experiences to share.

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April 15: Pumpout! There is an app for that!

Join us on Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT, April 22nd, to hear Washington Sea Grant’s Aaron Barnett present a new program to help find the nearest pumpout location with an app on your smartphone or tablet. The app is called Pumpout Nav and is free on either the IOS or Android platforms. The app will map out the nearest pumpout stations and give you the distance and direction, a convenient way to get to the nearest pumpout. Planning for pumpout is just as critical as planning for water, provisioning or getting rid of garbage. In partnership with the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act program, Washington Sea Grant manages the popular Pumpout Washington program, which informs boaters about where to find pumpout stations, helps marina operators secure grants to install more stations, and advises on the deployment of mobile pumpout services. In the past year, more than 8.3 million gallons that would previously have been dumped into vulnerable waterways were instead collected for safe onshore treatment, thanks largely to training, outreach and federal funds provided by the pumpout program.

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April 15: AIS and VHF Radio Re-imagined

Vesper, the leading designer and manufacturer of AIS systems, has just released their new Cortex system. Cortex takes a fresh new look at the VHF radio and combines it with AIS and boat monitoring into a new system that also offers many new capabilities. Through an intelligent design, Vesper has built many new capabilities into this system.  Let’s say your AIS system alerts you to a possible collision. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use your radio’s DSC capability to alert and directly communicate with the other vessel. Done. Or, wouldn’t it be great to have an anchor watch system that could alert you via your smartphone if your boat is dragging while you are away onshore. Or, how about a system that can let you know that your boat is taking water while sitting in its slip in the marina due to a leak in a through-hull. Our AIS expert, Doug Miller of Milltech is our guest to talk about this exciting new system; join us on Thursday April 15 at 7 p.m. PDT to learn more about the future of marine communications with the Cortex system.

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April 8: Cruising the Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada

Did you know that you can charter a Le Boat to explore the Rideau Canal, an inland waterway in Ontario Canada? The Le Boat charter business arrived in Canada in 2018, and established a fleet of canal boats like those based in Europe. Lisa McLean, Sales & Marketing Manager for North American Le Boat, will be sharing the many reasons to boat Ontario’s UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal. Join Waggoner and NMTA to learn about the history, picturesque towns, wildlife, and the 47 locks along the 125-mile Rideau Canal that takes you from Ottawa to Kingston. Come ride along with us on one of North America’s most interesting navigable waterways.

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April 1: Fuel Polishing and the Fuel Tank Cleaning Process — West Coast Tank

Has your boat been sitting idle all year during Covid-19? Or perhaps you have an older boat that’s overdue for fuel tank cleaning. No one wants to experience clogged fuel lines when dealing with choppy seas during a cruise. Join Kalen Wilson of West Coast Tank, along with NMTA and Waggoner hosts, to learn more about fuel polishing and the importance of keeping your fuel tank clean. Learn about microbiological growth, bacteria, and fungi which eventually causes corrosion and pits in your fuel tank. Bring your questions that you’ve always wanted to ask. How do I know if my tank needs cleaning? How are fuel tanks repaired? How often is fuel polishing necessary? What about fuel additives and onboard fuel filters? These and other questions will be covered during a lively discussion around this important topic.

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March 25: Working Remotely from your Boat — Staying Connected Reliably

Steve Mitchell, a Marine Electronics Design Consultant, helps boaters choose and design systems that allow redundant and reliable connectivity for working professionals. As a consultant, Steve does extensive research and field tests on various products. His respected website, SeaBits.com, is loaded with helpful information. Learn all the tricks of the trade on how to put a system together for your boat. Bring your questions!

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March 18: The Arctic Adventure

Guest speaker Larry Graf will be joining us to share his Northwest Territories boating adventure down the Mackenzie River to the Artic Ocean aboard his 34-foot Aspen, the same waters that explorer Mackenzie first saw in the 1800’s. Larry spent two weeks and traveled 2,200 miles in some of the most pristine and untouched waters in the world. Join us to learn more about this incredible journey — where they got fuel, villages they visited, and how they dealt with weather and river current.

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March 11: Communications — Latest Options for Internet Connection from Your Boat

Join Doug Miller of Milltech Marine, along with NMTA and Waggoner hosts for Thursday’s, March 11th Webcast for an interactive discussion regarding maintaining an internet connection while cruising. Learn about WiFi boosters, cellular boosters for phone and data, cell plans, antennas, and LTE routers. Discover the options to make it all work in today’s virtual-meeting bandwidth demands.

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March 4: SR3 — Sea Life Response, Rehab and Research

Join us to hear Casey Mclean, Executive Director and Veterinary Nurse of SR3 (Sealife Response, Rehab, and Research) discuss SR3’s recent construction of the first dedicated marine animal rehabilitation center in the Pacific Northwest. Hear Casey’s first-hand accounts about marine animal rehabilitation, the threats our local wildlife face, and the need for this hospital in our region. You will also learn about the organization’s work to help save entangled whales and drive conservation efforts for Southern Resident killer whales.

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February 25: S/V King's Pride: The Refit of a Classic Cruising Sailboat as a Learning Experience

Join us to hear guest speaker Mike Beemer talk about his student project to refit a 39-foot Westsail, the S/V King’s Pride. Michael is the Department Head and Marine Maintenance Instructor at the Marine Tec Center in Anacortes, which is a branch of Skagit Valley College. Learn how student assignments to refit a vessel purchased by the school coincided with classroom instruction. That included surveys and planning, the task of pulling out the engine, installing a new engine, and overhauling all of the boat’s systems including refrigeration, electrical, plumbing, drivetrain assemblies, and propeller assemblies. Students also installed an inverter, new bilge pumps, and new fuel tanks — a true real-life experience for students entering careers in the marine trades industry. This beautifully refitted vessel — the S/V King’s Pride — is the childhood home of Jennifer King of K&R Electronics and will be up for sale in late June or early July of 2021. She will be a wonderful vessel to own, filled with history and pride.

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February 18: Using Satellite Communications on Your Boat to Keep in Touch

Some of us need to stay in touch from remote locations while we are out enjoying cruising in the Northwest or offshore. When cell phones won’t do, Satellite is our next best option. Luckily the costs are coming down and there are different options now available. Local expert Jeff Thomassen and his wife Katie from Ocens join Seattle Boat Show LIVE to give us a complete update on the different options for data, text, and voice communications using the different satellite networks and devices now available for purchase or rental. Jeff’s company, Ocens, provides satellite communications for many of the oceanic sailing races and global cruisers who need to keep in touch when out at sea.

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February 11: Living Aboard and Moving to Southeast Alaska

Having just moved to Southeast Alaska, guest Chuck Wengenroth will be sharing his lifestyle living aboard his vessel in the community of Sitka, Alaska. Learn how he and crew successfully did a transit through B.C. during Covid-19, how they endured gale warnings, and re-started their careers as registered nurses. Their journey began with a trip to Puget Sound from San Francisco before continuing to Southeast Alaska last summer. They will be sharing first-hand recommendations for preparing the boat and making preparations for a move to Southeast Alaska, all from the boater’s perspective.

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February 4: Winter Cruising in Southeast Alaska

Have you ever thought about spending the winter on your boat in Southeast Alaska? Or, perhaps you plan to cruise in Southeast Alaska this spring and summer, then live aboard during the winter months to begin a second season. Join the NMTA and Waggoner webinar hosts and their guests, Jim and Rosy Addington, currently living aboard their vessel, Sea Venture, located somewhere in Southeast Alaska. Learn where they have been, what they have learned, and get inspired!

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