GMC Allstate nwyachting BoatUS AlaskaUSA Boat Insurance Agency Falvey S3 Maritime Logo Mercury Marine Helly Hansen Peoples Bank BECU
Seattle Boat Show
Show opens in
Boat Show University
presented by 


Peoples Bank

BOAT SHOW UNIVERSITY, presented by Peoples Bank

The Seattle Boat Show presents advanced seminars designed to expand your boating knowledge about cruising and many maintenance areas. The seminars feature nautical experts in a three-hour class format presenting their expertise on boating subjects to make your cruising more enjoyable. You can register for a single Boat Show University course for $39 each, or purchase in a package of four courses for $139 and save! Course notes are provided for each course.

Want to learn more? We have full day advanced seminar programs with information for Managing your Boat like a Pro, Introduction To Developing Self Reliance in Marine Weather & Forecasting, OUPV/Master 100-Ton License Renewal Course, or Critical Systems Review, Failure Prevention and Analysis for $149 each. We also have a two-day Comprehensive Marine Weather Training Program, in the middle of the week, for $275. The Seattle Boat Show is THE place to learn from the Experts in 2015.



Cost: $139
Includes any four $39 Boat Show University courses, plus one 5-day BIG show pass.
Cost: $39
Voucher good for one Boat Show University session.
(NOTE: Does not include admission. This must be purchased separately)
Click here to register!
Click here to register!
Cost: $149 All-day advanced training offered on weekdays of the show. Also includes one 5-day BIG show pass. Click here to register!
Cost: $275 Two-day Comprehensive Marine Weather Training Program on Wednesday, January 28th & Thursday, January 29th. Click here to register!

Boat Show University Course Schedule

Course are being held in Stage #7 and Stage #2. Stage #7 is located on the Concourse Level, on the south end of the building near the Boat Show Office. Stage #2 is located in the seminar hallway just as you enter the North Hall leaving the West Hall. All 9am and 9:30am classes are held before the Boat Show opens. Enter the building on the 2nd Floor Concourse Level entrance across from the parking garage. The 4pm and 4:30pm courses held on Sunday, January 25 concludes at 7pm, one hour after the Seattle Boat Show closes to the public. Exit after this course will only be allowed at the Concourse Doors, at the 2nd floor of the parking garage.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

Using iPads, Tablets and New Technology - Making the right choice
Instructor: Mark Bunzel
Time: 9 am – Noon

Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Keeping it Alive: Troubleshooting Marine Systems While Cruising
Instructor: Michael Beemer
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Keeping it Alive: Troubleshooting Diesel Engines While Cruising
Instructor: Michael Beemer
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Staying Local - Cruising Puget Sound, and the San Juan and Gulf Islands
Instructor: Mark Bunzel
Time: 9 am – Noon
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Starting the Trek North through Southern BC
Instructors: Greg and Lori Bernard
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Getting on the Outside: Cruising the West Coast of Vancouver Is.
Instructors: Greg and Lori Bernard
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Docking and Anchoring - Making it easy!
Instructor: Ace Spragg
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

A Riggers Guide for both Power and Sail Boats
Instructors: Brion Toss
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Top Ten Up-grades for Your Boat
Instructors: Michael Beemer
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

Cruising the Wild & Beautiful Northern BC
Instructor: Mark Bunzel
Time: 9 am – Noon
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Cruising and Exploring Beautiful SE Alaska
Instructor: San Landsman
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Understanding Weather and Cruise Decision Making
Instructor: Lee Chesneau
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

How to Effectively Use Radar - for safe
Instructor: Kevin Monahan
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Understanding the Tides & Currents for a Safe and Comfortable Passage
Instructors: Kevin Monahan
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Secrets of a Detailer to Keep Your Boat Looking Great
Instructors: Jeff Paxon
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

MONDAY, JANUARY 26

Sponsored by West Marine

Empowering the First Mate: A practical approach to gain confidence on the water

Instructor: Pam Wall
All Day Training
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27

NMTA and Center of Excellence for Marine Technology Presents: Marine Professional Day

Open to Marine Professionals Only - No charge

Morning Session 1:

Installing the New Marine Systems Customers are Demanding

Instructor: Mike Beemer
Time: 9 am – Noon
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Afternoon Session 2:

Customer Service - How to Keep a Service Customer Happy

Instructors: Mark Bunzel
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28

Understanding Weather for Cruising Lee Chesneau

A 2-Day Comprehensive Marine Weather Training Program

Presented by: Lee Chesneau
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29

Understanding Weather for Cruising Lee Chesneau

A 2-Day Comprehensive Marine Weather Training Program

Presented by: Lee Chesneau
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30

Favorite Cruising Destinations Around the World
Instructors: Nigel Calder & Mark Bunzel
Time: 9 am – Noon Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Troubleshooting DC Electrical Systems on Your Boat
Instructor: Nigel Calder
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Troubleshooting Your Diesel Engine While Cruising
Instructor: Nigel Calder
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31

Using iPads, Tablets and New Technology - Making the right choice
Instructor: Mark Bunzel
Time: 9 am – Noon
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Practical Seamanship and Anchoring
Instructor: Nigel Calder
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Understanding New Systems Available for Your Boat
Instructor: Nigel Calder
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Lessons Learned: The Lessons of a Long Term Cruiser
Instructor: Liza Copland
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Eat Well, Live Well - Making your boat a comfortable home on the water
Instructors: Lynette Brower
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Stage #7

Click here for a course description & bio

Using Radar & AIS for Collision Avoidance
Instructors: Larry Brandt
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Stage #2

Click here for a course description & bio

Boat Show University supported by

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults $12
  • Youth (11 to 17) $5
  • Kids 10 and younger Free
  • 5-Day BIG Pass $24