2022 Boat Show Seminars

Free Seminars during the Annapolis Sailboat Show

at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel


Seanapps – Connect your boat, free your mind, Xavier Tissier

FRIDAY 2:30-3:30 & SATURDAY 1:30-2:30, Ballroom 2

Ever worry about your boat when you’re not aboard? Of course you do, every boat owner does. Introducing Seanapps, the new mobile app that allows you to monitor your boat’s systems from the comfort of your own home or anywhere in the world for that matter. Quickly see location, water depth, fuel levels, interior temperature, and much more directly on your smart phone. Seanapps, connect your boat, free your mind.

Adventure Doesn’t Happen at The Dock, Emory and Kim Zimmer

SATURDAY 3:30-4:30, Ballroom 2

Thinking about casting off the lines and sailing into the great unknown? Wondering how to get started? Join Emory and Kim Zimmer for insights, tales, and photos of their sail around the world with the ARC World Rally and their life as live-aboard sailors.

Family Afloat – Two Years Sailing the World with Two Kids and Two Captains, Jim Toomey

SUNDAY 1:30-2:30 & 2:30-3:30, Ballroom 2

Jim Toomey is an internationally published humor writer and syndicated cartoonist best known as the creator of the popular comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon. In the summer of 2015, Jim and his family purchased a 45-foot catamaran and spent the next two years living the cruising life. In his talk Jim will discuss what inspired him and his wife, neither of whom had much sailing experience, to pack up their kids and the family dog and sail away.

Charter Ownership Programs Explained, Dream Yacht Charters

SATURDAY 12:30-1:30, Ballroom 2

Ever considered charter yacht ownership? Placing a yacht into a charter management program is a great way to reduce the cost of purchasing a boat and see the world—as well as offset the ongoing costs of ownership. Learn about the differences in the programs, some amazing benefits, and if it could be right for you.

Chartering in the British Virgin Islands, Voyage Charters

FRIDAY 1:30-2:30, Ballroom 2

The British Virgin Islands is a collection of beautiful destinations, each uniquely sought after, and there is no better way to experience them than from your personal, luxury yacht. Join VOYAGE charters BVI for a tour of this exotic archipelago, and a how-to guide on exploring them for yourself!

Sailing in Big Breeze, Tyler and Carrie Andrews

SATURDAY 11:30-12:30, Ballroom 2

Company owners Tyler and Carrie Andrews will be speaking on how to keep a boat underneath the sails. Carrie is a two-time Adam’s Cup winner and Tyler was top ten at Laser Collegiate Nationals, and a Thistle Junior National Champion. He’s also been runner-up at Flying Scot Nationals four times now, which he counts as a win.

Charter in Thailand, Ron Patson

FRIDAY 11:30-12:30, Ballroom 2

Cruising the stunningly beautiful and exotic waters of Thailand has never been easier. Hear from US expat, Ron Patson, who has been living and cruising there for the past twenty years.

Sailing North Sardinia & South Corsica, or How To Sail Two Countries In A Week

FRIDAY 3:30-4:30, Ballroom 2

Few easily accessible cruising areas in the world offer the possibility to navigate from island to island in just a couple hours’ sail. The first that naturally come to mind, if you’re a sailor, are the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. In this presentation, explore the beautiful islands of Sardinia and Corsica, including the Maddalena Island archipelago and the Lavezzi Islands archipelago.

Attitude, Bob Bitchin

SATURDAY 2:30-3:30, Ballroom 2

Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure. Join Bob Bitchin and his lovely wife Jody as they recount their many sailing experiences, and tight spots they’ve gotten into, and out of.

Sailing Across the Atlantic, Matt Rutherford

FRIDAY 12:30-1:30, Ballroom 2

Matt Rutherford has sailed across the Atlantic several times from West to East and East to West. Learn when to leave, what are the best routes, and how to sail back. Matt will also discuss some of his favorite cruising grounds in Europe and West Africa.

309 Days Alone at Sea, Matt Rutherford

SATURDAY 12:30-1:30, Ballroom 2

Join Matt Rutherford as he tells the story of becoming the first person to complete a non-stop single-handed circumnavigaion of North and South America.

Modern Navigation

SUNDAY 3:00-4:00, Ballroom 1

Join the instructors from Annapolis School of Seamanship to learn how to use these powerful tools to stay safe and have fun on the water. Topics include Electronic navigation, Integrating traditional and modern methods, Tablets & apps Accessories, and Networking.

Docking De-stressed

FRIDAY 11:00-12:00 & SATURDAY 1:00-2:00 & SUNDAY 2:00-3:00, Ballroom 1

Is docking your vessel causing you stress and anxiety? Let the captains from the Annapolis School of Seamanship show you the ropes, tricks, and techniques to make docking easy.

Weather for Sailors

FRIDAY 3:00-4:00 & SUNDAY 12:00-1:00, Ballroom 1

You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. You just need to know how to find out what’s going to happen and how to make good decisions. This seminar covers everything from apps to passage planning to heavy weather tactics.

Anchoring, The Art of Staying Put

FRIDAY 4:00-5:00, Ballroom 1

Anchoring is an art as well as a skill. From choosing the best place to anchor to handling the ground tackle, this seminar will demystify art of dropping the hook.

Diesel Basics

FRIDAY 12:00-1:00 & SUNDAY 3:00-4:00, Ballroom 1

The Marine Diesel Basics seminar is a must for anyone who has or is thinking about owing a boat with a diesel engine. Annapolis School of Seamanship covers basic principles and operation of the marine diesel engine. Principles of Operation, Anatomy, Systems, Basic Troubleshooting

How to Get Your Captain’s License

FRIDAY 1:00-2:00 & SATURDAY 12:00-1:00 & SUNDAY 1:00-2:00, Ballroom 1

Between the USCG requirements for sea time, physicals, applications, and examinations, getting a captain’s license can seem daunting. Annapolis School of Seamanship’s expert captains will discuss the ins and outs of becoming a licensed captain.

Cruising the Chesapeake

FRIDAY 4:30-5:30 & SATURDAY 4:30-5:30 & SUNDAY 3:30-4:30, Ballroom 2

It’s not a stretch to label the Chesapeake Bay one of the most amazing estuaries on the planet. Each water side town has a history and culture all its own, and from the high key pace of the cosmopolitan upper Bay to the sleepier pace of tide water ports and the lower eastern shore, there’s a lifetime worth of landfalls to explore. Join Chesapeake Bay Magazine’s John Stefancik for a tour of some of the best places to spend your weekends

Night Navigation

SATURDAY 4:00-5:00, Ballroom 1

Boating at night can be challenging. The different light configurations on recreational and commercial boats can be confusing to interpret. Professional captains from Annapolis School of Seamanship will cover the various lights seen at night, as well as AIS and RADAR. Power Management With all the gear and gadgets on a modern sailboat, managing your electrical system is the key to keeping everything working while you’re away from the dock. Bob Campbell, of Marine Electric Systems, explains how to balance your battery capacity, charging sources and loads while cruising.

Heavy Weather Tactics

SUNDAY 11:00-12:00, Ballroom 1

This seminar offers step-by-step guidelines in how to handle challenges ranging from a severe single cell thunderstorm on the Bay to a fully developed gale at sea. Techniques ranging from reefing and headsail handling to heaving to and towing a drogue will be discussed in detail. Understanding what lies ahead and knowing how to cope is a daunting challenge for every sailor.

Boat Systems

FRIDAY 2:00-3:00 & SATURDAY 2:00-3:00, Ballroom 1

Modern cruising sailboats offer the comforts and conveniences of life ashore. Supporting and keeping all these systems operating properly requires not only knowledge of each system, but an understanding of how they integrate to keep the lights on and the heads flushing. Join the experts from Annapolis School of Seamanship for an overview of the systems aboard your boat from plumbing refrigeration and the electrical system that makes it all possible.

Free Seminars during the Annapolis Powerboat Show

at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel Spa Creek Room

What Boat is Right for me

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11:00-12:00, Spa Creek Room

Thinking about getting into boating? There are many ways to enjoy boating, from watersports, to fishing and cruising. Join the pros from Annapolis School of Seamanship to get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.

Modern Marine Navigation

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 12:00-1:00, Spa Creek Room

As we navigate into the 21st century, the incorporation of technology with traditional navigation methods can lead to greater accuracy and confidence. Explore how to combine the latest, most popular tablet and smart phone apps with traditional methods to stay on the right course, the modern way.

Get Your Captain’s License

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 1:00-2:00, Spa Creek Room

Between the USCG requirements for sea time, physicals, applications and examinations, getting a captain’s license can seem daunting. Annapolis School of Seamanship’s expert captains will discuss the ins and outs of becoming a licensed captain.

Docking De-Stressed

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 3:00-4:00, Spa Creek Room

Is docking your vessel causing you stress and anxiety?  Captain Matt from the Annapolis School of Seamanship show you the ropes, tricks, and techniques to make docking easy.


FRIDAY & SATURDAY 4:00-5:00, Spa Creek Room

Anchoring is an art as well as a skill. From choosing the best place to anchor to handling the ground tackle, this seminar will demystify art of dropping the hook.

Dock and Dine on the Chesapeake

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 2:00-3:00, Spa Creek Room

Autumn offers a spectacular range of cruising opportunities and fantastic places to stop and see the sites and fantastic places to eat throughout the Bay. Chesapeake Bay Magazine’s John Stefancik will give you an update on where to go, what to do and where to find the best food this season on the Chesapeake Bay.

Seminars are free to all Boat Show attendees. All seminars are held in the Second Floor Ballrooms of the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Enter from Compromise Street or through the Pusser’s show gate. For more info, call Annapolis School of Seamanship at (410) 263-8848. Limited seating available. First come, first served. Seminar schedule and speakers are subject to change.