We know that winter has barely begun, but the start of the Toronto Boats show lets us know that spring is just around the corner.
This year I will be presenting eight seminars covering 5 different topics during the show.
1. SAILING AWAY: MAKING YOUR DREAM A REALITY
Are you looking to take the plunge? Dreaming about sailing away to exotic and exciting destinations? Cruiser, racer or single hander, your sailing dream can become a reality!
In 1995 Ken and Carol made a plan to construct a boat and sail world-wide. They are now living that dream! Share and learn from their experiences. Find out how they balanced family and job while maintaining their launch date. Ken will outline steps to help you clarify your “dream” and offer strategies that will keep you motivated. His tips will assist you in overcoming the challenges encountered while making your dream a reality.
2. SELECTING A CRUISING BOAT
Ken is often asked, “What makes a great cruising boat?” The response depends on many factors. The perfect cruising boat for one individual, may be the wrong choice for another. This seminar will look at basic design principles and how they apply to a cruising vessel. Ken will address power and sail boats, monohulls and catamarans, layout options and rigs. Understanding the pros and cons of various design concepts will help you identify the type of boat that will best suit your needs.
3. REDUCING THE ANXIETY OF BOATING
Most boaters experience some anxiety when heading out on the water. This type of anxiety can be “healthy” as it makes us more cautious and alert. However, some people develop “unhealthy anxiety” discouraging and even preventing them from the boating experience. This clinic will look at the causes of anxiety in boating, and provide tools to help you manage the risks. By managing the risks associated with boating, your anxiety will be reduced to a level where your boating experience will be safe and pleasurable.
4. TRANSITTING THE PANAMA CANAL IN A PLEASURE CRAFT
The hull of Voyageur 10.10 flowed from the waters of the Atlantic to those of the Pacific via The Panama Canal. It was, April 2014, the 100th Anniversary of this formidable link between two great oceans. Join Ken to learn, firsthand, what it entails to confidently transit the Panama Canal aboard your own vessel. With a Step by Step Approach, he will unravel the mysteries associated with a Panama transit. From experience, Ken will inform you of suggested routes to and from the canal, expected weather and safety issues, convenient staging areas and marinas. He will also discuss agents, costs and formalities. Pursue a new ocean frontier by transiting the Panama Canal!
5. CRUISING THE GALAPAGOS
Tick this one off your bucket list! Some dream of it; others do it! You can too! Sail to a place where Darwin synthesized his theories on “the origin of species” and “natural selection”. The Galapagos Islands; aka The Archipelago of Colon is unique. Ecuador knows the value of its precious creatures and natural beauty and legislates to protect them. Ken will discuss what you can and cannot do, and where you can and cannot go on your private boat, while touring these fabled islands. He will walk you through the process; from routes and weather to costs and formalities so you can cruise, snorkel, trek and love the Galapagos. Sail to a place that most only dream of; discover the Galapagos on your boat.
Check out the TORONTO BOAT SHOW website or the SEMINARS page of our website for shedule