Seminars

Pier 48

This year’s seminar program is loaded with educational and enlightening programs, hosted by experts and adventurers who know the waters and will share practical advice, expert opinions and tall tales. Even the seasoned boater will find something new to learn!

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.
Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
• Straightforward answers to all your boating questions.
• Expert, unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle.
• Local resources to help you get started.

Discover Boating for under $250/month! Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is by far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to check out this showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 a month and look for specially-marked boats throughout the Show!

Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:00 amGetting Started in SailingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmFishing the California DeltaMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmReliability Starts Here! Engine Maintenance and RepairJim DrakePier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmGreen Revolution: Powering with Electric and Hybrid TechnologyNick Deyour / Scott Ruck 
2:00 pmCruising San Francisco BayDavid ScottPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmPaddleboards: Water Safety and EquipmentGeoff FisherPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmAdvanced Fishing Techniques for the Delta and LakesMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmLine Handling and Spring lines for docking and UndockingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmBoat Financing Made SimpleMax SalvaterPier 48/Seminar A
Friday, January 23, 2015
11:00 amCruising the Great LoopKim RussoPier 48/Seminar A
11:00 amMarine Canvas Care and RepairEric McKinleyPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmReliability Starts Here! Engine Maintenance and RepairJim DrakePier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmSturgeon Fishing on the California DeltaJoseph Gamez, Sr.Pier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmElectronics TroubleshootingIan McDanielPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmRepower 101: How to Choose the Right EngineNate UrciuoliPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmBoat Financing Made SimpleMax SalvaterPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmCruising San Francisco BayDavid ScottPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmFishing the California DeltaMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmMarine Insurance Made SimpleGary ClausenPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmHow to Buy a BoatButch FloreyPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmIn & Outs of Bareboat CharteringDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar A
Saturday, January 24, 2015
11:00 amIntroduction to the World of Kayaking and Stand-Up PaddleboardsJeff KelloggPier 48/Seminar A
11:00 amMarine Canvas Care and RepairEric McKinleyPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmAdvanced Fishing Techniques for the Delta and LakesMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmBoat as a BusinessButch FloreyPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmHow to Find and Catch Bigger FishNick SmithPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmAnchoring: On the Hook or On the LoosePat CarsonPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmSail Trim for Speed and ControlKame RichardsPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmGreen Revolution: Powering with Electric and Hybrid TechnologyNick Deyour / Scott RuckPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmElectronics TroubleshootingIan McDanielPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmBoat Financing Made SimpleMax SalvaterPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmMarine Insurance Made SimpleGary ClausenPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmCatamaran Safety: Better or Worse Than Monohulls?Don MargrafPier 48/Seminar A
Sunday, January 25, 2015
11:00 amRepower 101: How to Choose the Right EngineNate UrciuoliPier 48/Seminar A
11:00 amLine Handling and Spring lines for docking and UndockingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmAnchoring: On the Hook or On the LoosePat CarsonPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmGetting Started in SailingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmIntroduction to the World of Kayaking and Stand-Up PaddleboardsJeff KelloggPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmCruising the Great LoopKim RussoPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmAdvanced Fishing Techniques for the Delta and LakesMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmCruising San Francisco BayDavid ScottPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmFishing the California DeltaMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmBoat as a BusinessButch FloreyPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmWakeboarding/Wakesurfing 101 Pier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmPaddleboards: Water Safety and EquipmentGeoff FisherPier 48/Seminar A

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training 
Powerboat, Sailing and Catamaran

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, in-water powerboating, sailing and catamaran workshops designed to 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! 

Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants who pre-register online will receive FREE boat show admission ($12,- value) for the day. Participants may also register for Clinics and Seminars at the Discover Boating Resource Center during the boat show on a space available basis.
 
All sessions are based on internationally recognized training and certification programs and are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified professional instructors. You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime.
 

One-hour powerboating workshops

Essential Boating Safety - Presented Dockside
Airline pilots wouldn’t dream of taking off without performing a thorough pre-flight check of the aircraft. In this session participants will learn how professional boat captains conduct a pre-departure, voyage-critical systems, a post voyage checkout procedure and more. All participants will receive a reusable, laminated copy of the specially designed pre-departure checklist to take home. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

First Mate Skills – Presented Dockside
Competent crewmembers that know their way around the boat make the skipper look like a pro at the marina and will always get invited back. This session covers the essential skills required of a top-notch first mate including those that make docking and undocking drama free and uneventful. These sessions are for crewmembers (and skippers) of all skill levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Basic Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills – On Water
Participants will learn how to handle the boat in tight spaces and maneuver close to piers, docks and fixed objects with confidence. For newcomers and those who want to polish their skills under the guidance of a professional captain. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques – On Water
The Prospect of anchoring overnight can create anxiety for even the most experienced boaters. The skills taught in this session will help you get a better night’s sleep at anchor including how to prepare for heavy winds and managing a dragging anchor, rafting up with other vessels and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship – On Water
Helmsmanship - the ability to steer and handle a boat well - can’t be learned from a book or in a classroom. In this session you’ll take the helm to learn skills needed to be a confident boat operator including: how to use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to balance the boat correctly, handling large waves and wakes safely and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE
 

Three-hour powerboating workshops

The Powerboat workshops will be offered in partnership with Passage Yachts and BoatUS.

Advanced Docking
The ability to maneuver a boat confidently and without “drama” in challenging conditions requires a set of skills that can take years to perfect. If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Powerboating Made Easy
If you’ve ever left your boat sitting in her slip when the weather looked even a little “iffy,” this program was designed for you. Taught entirely on board while underway, by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor this session covers essential skills you need to ensure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. It delivers the practical hands-on experience to increase your ability and confidence and leads to greater boating safety and enjoyment. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

 

Sailing & Catamaran workshops

All instruction is offered in cooperation with Trade Winds Sailing School & Club.
If you have questions, please send them to Sail America at discoversailing@sailamerica.com

Introducation to Sailing
No experience necessary - Participants will receive an insight into the world of sailing with this short but informative and interactive on-the-water class. Before getting underway, participants will get a safety briefing and be provided with life jackets. This will be followed by a walk though above decks, during which you will be introduced to common nautical terms. A few demonstrations of line handling, boat awareness and physical stances will be shown before leaving the dock. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Anchoring
It has been a long day of sailing, and now the anchor is down. Time for some rest; but the wind is picking up and you’re having trouble falling asleep. Questions.... “Did I choose the right anchoring technique? Am I safe from other boats anchored nearby? What about changes in current, tide or wind? What if I begin to drag?” These and other questions are addressed in the Anchoring Class. This 2 hour hands-on, on-the-water class will introduce you to such techniques as picking up a mooring ball, setting an anchor properly, setting two anchors, anchoring bow and stern, Bahamian anchoring and Med mooring. We will discuss selecting the right anchor configuration for your situation, what to do about a fouled anchor, risk of rode in the prop and other issues.Our goal? A good, sound sleep the next time you spend the night at anchor. 2-hour On Water Learning REGISTER HERE

Docking under Power

This 2 hour course will enable you to control your vessel in close quarters maneuvering, instead of the other way around. It is one of the few classes that you will use every time you depart or arrive at a dock - and most students are pleasantly surprised to find themselves at an advanced - or even expert - level at the end of this fun session. 2-hour On Water Learning REGISTER HERE

A Taste of Sailing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of those people sailing on San Francisco Bay; enjoying the sun, wind, and water? Have you asked yourself what skills you need to join them, or where they go, what they see, and what they are doing out there? After all of the excitement created by the recent America’s Cup, are you curious what it takes to race a sail boat on San Francisco Bay or why you’d even want to? Then this sailing experience is for you! Join us for a 4 hour sail on San Francisco Bay. REGISTER HERE

Catamaran Sailing On Water Learning
Offered in cooperation with Tradewinds Sailing School & Club
Are you getting ready for your next charter vacation? Are you curious as to why so many sailors and charter companies are choosing multihulls? Are you looking to expand your sailing knowledge to include cruising catamarans? Then this is the class for you. During this 3 hour, on-the-water class you will learn to maneuver a large cruising catamaran under both sail and power. You’ll learn about docking, anchoring, man over-board, and general systems of a large cruising catamaran. REGISTER HERE


 

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.