Seminars

Free Hourly Boating Seminars

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.

All seminars are free to attend with boat show admission.

 

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 - February 19, 2015

12:00    One-on-One with a Service Technician
1:00      A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance
1:30      Diagnosing Electrical Problems
2:00      “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”.   
2:30      Boats that Sit  
3:00      Scratches, Dings and Oxidation
3:30      Adding a Trolling Motor
4:00      Gas Outboard General Maintenance
4:30      Changing a Water Pump
5:00      Eradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and Crud
5:30      Maintaining a Marine Battery System
6:00      Gas Sterndrive General Maintenance
6:30      “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”
7:00      Boats that Sit
8:00      One-on-One with a Service Technician
 

Friday - February 20, 2015

12:00    One-on-One with a Service Technician
1:00      Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance
1:30      Diagnosing Electrical Problems
2:00      “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”
2:30      Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair  
3:00      Trailer Maintenance and Repair
3:30      Adding a Trolling Motor
4:00      Gas Outboard General Maintenance
4:30      Changing a Water Pump
5:00      Boats that Sit
5:30      Maintaining a Marine Battery System
6:00      Lower Unit Repairs and Maintenance
6:30      “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”
7:00      Gas Outboard General Maintenance
7:30      A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance
8:00      One-on-One with a Service Technician

Saturday - February 21, 2015

10:00    One-on-One with a Service Technician
11:00    Changing a Water Pump
11:30    Trailer Maintenance and Repair
12:00    Gas Outboard General Maintenance
12:30    Diagnosing Electrical Problems
1:00      A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance
2:00     “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”
2:30     Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair
3:00     Trailer Maintenance and Repair
3:30     Adding a Trolling Motor
4:00     Gas Outboard General Maintenance
4:30     Changing a Water Pump
5:00     Boats that Sit 
5:30     Maintaining a Marine Battery System
6:00      Lower Unit Repairs and Maintenance
6:30      “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”
7:00      Gas Outboard General Maintenance
7:30      A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance
8:00      One-on-One with a Service Technician
 
Sunday - February 22, 2015
10:00   One-on-One with a Service Technician
11:00   Changing a Water Pump
11:30   Trailer Maintenance and Repair
12:00   Gas Outboard General Maintenance  
1:00     A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance
1:30     Eradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and Crud
2:00     “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”
2:30     Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair
3:00     Boats that Sit
3:30     Adding a Trolling Motor
4:00     Gas Outboard General Maintenance
4:30     Changing a Water Pump.
5:00     One-on-One with a Service Technician
 

Seminar Descriptions


Adding a Trolling Motor
Not sure which trolling motor to go with? Curious to know what Batteries will need to be added? How much thrust will you need? All these questions and more answered during this seminar.

A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat’s Performance
Sponsored by Endless Propeller Solutions
What pitch prop should you use? Are there advantages of a 4-blade prop over a 3-blade? Which is better – aluminum or steel? Get answers to these questions and learn how props impact performance and fuel economy.

Boats that Sit
Join Fred as he discusses winterizing basics or pickling your boat for long-term storage. Fred will also share his thoughts on shortterm storage and ways to best maintain your boat when it sits for weeks at a time. We all want to use our boat weekly, but when we can't, we need to know how to store it properly.

Cabin Cruiser Systems Analysis
Get expert advice on a variety of systems typically found on a cabin boat. Ever wonder what the proper maintenance schedule is for your plumbing system? Want to know how to troubleshoot a marine AC unit? Curious about adding more house batteries? Not sure how to deal with cabin humidity issues? All these questions and others will be addressed during this seminar.

Changing a Water Pump
This session will tackle how to change a water pump and what the regular maintenance schedule should be.

Diagnosing Electrical Problems
Join Fred as he discusses electrical systems. You’re sure to leave with the know-how to solve basic electrical issues and maintain your electrical system.

Diesel Troubleshooting, Repair and Maintenance
Discover ways to extend the life of your diesel at this workshop.Listen as experts discuss the regular maintenance schedule for a diesel engine, and get inside tips on troubleshooting and repairing basic problems.

Eradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and Crud
How do professional detailers get boats so clean? What products can make your seats and canvas look new? Is bleach a good idea? Join Fred and his team for the answers to these questions and many more.Whether you‘re a lifelong boater or just bought your first boat, you’re sure to benefit from this seminar.

Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair
Have an older sterndrive or outboard that’s not running right? Join Fred to learn how to troubleshoot problems and simple fixes any backyard mechanic can make.

Gas Outboard General Maintenance
Sponsored by Yamalube
Get pointers on keeping your gas-powered marine outboard running its best, learn about basic maintenance and how to prevent problems before they happen.

Gas Sterndrives General Maintenance
Stop by to learn routine maintenance and tricks that can boost performance and prolong the life of your engine will alo be discussed.

Lowing Unit Repairs and Maintenance
Fred and his team will remove a lower unit from an outboard and go through the regular maintenance schedule. They will also address how to troubleshoot and repair common lower unit problems.

Maintaining a Marine Battery System
Everything you need to know about marine batteries, but didn’t know who or what to ask! Listen as our pros share their expertise.

“Oh No, There’s Ethanol in my Fuel!”
Sponsored by Yamalube
Wondering what is best for your boat: pure gas, E10 or E15? Is there a difference between marina gas and gas from the car pumps? Should you store your boat full or empty? What are the effects of ethanol in marine engines? This session tackles fuel system basics, including the tough subject of ethanol in marine engines.

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.

Scratches, Dings and Oxidation
Learn about preventative fiberglass maintenance and strategies for repairing damage. Demos on cutaway fiberglass panels give you a firsthand look at maintenance and repair techniques. If you own a fiberglass boat, you do not want to miss this workshop.

Trailer Maintenance and Repair
Keeping your boat trailer in good working order will enhance your boating experience. Join Fred as he discusses everything from rewiring your trailer to caring for your trailer bearings.


 

New for SailFest 2015—ASA: New Sailor Workshop

This exciting new workshop is designed with new sailors in mind. It begins with a 30-minute interactive educational seminar at the Sailing Simulator where you will learn the basics of sailing and take your turn at the tiller safely on land. You will then board the ASA First 22, the American Sailing Association’s new training sailboat, for an in-depth 90-minute sailing lesson with an ASA-certified instructor. This workshop is designed to educate, excite and equip those with little to no sailing experience with basic sailing skills.

With only four classes per day, holding a maximum of four slots each, availability is extremely limited. 

Advance registration is highly recommended, so sign up today!

Course fee: $35 — includes free show admission.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER