Seminars

Education

 

Free Hourly Boating Seminars

Educational and enlightening programs are hosted by local experts and adventurerers who know the waters and will share practical advice, expert opinions and tall tales. 

All seminars are free to attend with boat show admission
Seminar topics and speakers will be published in November 2014.
 

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
On-the-water workshops for Power and Sail

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year, let Discover Boating add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! Learn from experts; all sessions are
taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.

Classes in both Power and Sail:

  • Two Powerboating workshops
  • Two Sailing workshops
  • One Catamaran workshop

Space in these popular events is very limited and advance registration is highly
recommended. Link for sign-in will be published soon on this website.

The sailing workshops will be offered in partnership with Sail America / Discover Sailing.

 

 

Fred's Shed
Schedule and Seminar Descriptions

DIY seminars and hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. Stop by for professional advice, participate in hands-on clinics, ask questions, and see the cutaway boat and motor. These seminars are free to attend with your regular boat show admission. New discussions begin every half hour. Please check out the schedule:

Thursday - January 22, 2015

12:00    One-on-one with a service tech. Stop by and ask your questions.
12:30    Keeping your boat “shipshape”: Detailing & general maintenance.           
1:00      Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
1:30      Changing a water pump.
2:00      Maintaining a gas engine.Tips from a pro.   
2:30      Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.   
3:00      All charged up: Installing and maintaining a marine battery.
4:00      Maintaining your generator.
4:30      Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
5:00      Changing a water pump.
5:30      Maintaining a gas engine.Tips from a pro.

Friday - January 23, 2015

12:00    One-on-one with a service tech. Stop by and ask your questions.
12:30    Basic fiberglass repair and maintenance.
1:00      Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
1:30      Changing a water pump.
2:00      Maintaining a gas engine. Tips from a pro.
2:30      Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.   
3:00      All charged up: Installing and maintaining a marine battery.  
4:00      Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
4:30      Changing a water pump.
5:00      Maintaining a gas engine.Tips from a pro.
5:30      Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.   

Saturday - January 24, 2015

10:00   One-on-one with a service tech. Stop by and ask your questions.
10:30    Keeping your boat “shipshape”: Detailing & general maintenance.
11:00    Maintaining your generator.
11:30    Basic fiberglass repair and maintenance.
12:00   Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy. 
12:30   Changing a water pump.
1:00     Maintaining a gas engine. Tips from a pro.
1:30     Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.  
3:00     All charged up: Installing and maintaining a marine battery.
3:30     Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
4:00     Changing a water pump.
4:30     Maintaining a gas engine.Tips from a pro.
5:00     Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.   
5:30     Maintaining your generator.
 
Sunday - January 25, 2015
10:00   One-on-one with a service tech. Stop by and ask your questions.
10:30   Maintaining your generator.
11:00   Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
11:30   Changing a water pump.
12:00   Maintaining a gas engine.Tips from a pro.
12:30   Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.    
1:00     Basic fiberglass repair and maintenance.
2:00     All charged up: Installing and maintaining a marine battery.
2:30     Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy.
3:00     Changing a water pump.
3:30     Maintaining a gas engine.Tips from a pro.
4:00     Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.
4:30     Keeping your boat “shipshape”: Detailing & general maintenance.
5:00     One-on-one with a service tech. Stop by and ask your questions.
 

Seminar Descriptions

Don’t be Fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy. Did you know that a small ding on your prop could cost you 15% in fuel efficiency? Wonder if changing the pitch on your prop will make your boat plane faster? Get answers to these questions and learn how props affect performance and fuel economy. 
 
Maintaining a gas engine: Tips from a pro. Get pointers on keeping your gas-powered marine engine running its best and learn about basic maintenance. From water pumps to fuel systems, this session is sure to be of benefit.
 
Keeping your boat “shipshape”: Detailing & general maintenance. Discover the best ways to keep your boat clean. Learn tricks of the trade for removing dirty black streaks and water marks from your hull. Find out which products can make your seats and canvas look new. Whether you‘re a lifelong boater or just bought your first boat, you’re sure to learn a trick or two at this seminar. 
 
Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.  This session will tackle fuel system basics, including the tough subject of ethanol in marine engines.
 
All charged up: Installing and maintaining a marine battery system. Everything you need to know about marine batteries, but didn’t know who or what to ask! Listen in as our pros share their expertise. You’re sure to leave with the know-how to install and maintain your batteries.
 
Go one-on-one with a service technician. Stop by for a FREE one-on-one consultation with our certified marine technician, Fred, compliments of the Show. Get advice and answers to your questions with the help of cutaway motors, tools and a cutaway boat for hands-on demonstrations. Sessions will be first-come, first-served.
 
Changing a water pump. Although often overlooked, your boat’s water pump should be changed regularly. A faulty impellor is one of the primary causes of engine failure. Stop by to learn how to change a water pump, and simple tricks that make the job easier.
 
Basic fiberglass repair and maintenance.  Learn about preventative fiberglass maintenance and strategies for repairing damage. If you own a fiberglass boat, you do not want to miss this workshop. 
 
Maintaining your generator. Learn how to keep your generator in top working order. Fred will share a list of do and don'ts for operating and maintaining your generator.