The Seattle Boat Show is coming up on Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union in downtown Seattle, and will offer more than 200 free seminars on boating and other water related activities, including 60 on fishing and crabbing.
Boating seminars range from beginner topics (Anchoring Basics, How to Launch and Trailer your Big Boat Without Yelling, Tips for Choosing and Using a Yacht Broker) to advanced topics (Sail Trim: How to Achieve Top Performance from your Cruising Sails, Night Navigation and AIS: New Solutions for Recreational Boaters).
Learn where to go cruising in Desolation Sound, the Central and North Coast of British Columbia or all the way to Alaska or to more exotic places like New Zealand, Virgin Islands, and the South Pacific and Tahiti.
On the fishing end, learn how to catch saltwater salmon, lingcod, albacore tuna, Dungeness crab or catching fish out of a kayak.
Alaska guides Tom Ohaus and Kevin McNamee will discuss making a trip to southeast Alaska for salmon, halibut and lingcod. Those planning on staying closer to home can learn how to fish at Neah Bay, the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.
The experts for the 2013 Seattle Boat Show University will offer a program of 18 informative seminars to help make cruising safe and fun. The three hour programs are $39 each with a special package including four courses and boat show admission for $149.
All day expert training sessions during the week cover topics such as Offshore Cruising, Marine Weather and Cruising in the Northwest and others for $195.
Other show information:
The show website will be updated as new information becomes available about exhibitors, brands, seminars and promotions.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., expect for Feb. 3 when it ends at 4 p.m.
Cost is $12 adults, five-day pass is $24; $5, youth ages 11-17; and kids under 10 are free.
For more information go to the Seattle Boat Show website.
(Photos by Seattle Times staff photographers Ellen Banner and Courtney Riffkin Blethen)