Toronto Boat Show - Speaking Schedule

The Toronto Boat Show begins on Saturday January 9 and runs through to Sunday January 17. Once again they will be conducting their FREE educational seminars every day. Ken will be speaking on a number of topics starting on Monday January 11, and then daily until January 17.

A couple of new topics have been added this year that will provide an informative and humorous look at issues and problems when dealing with marine toilets (HEAD ACHES) and effectively utilizing the galley while making a passage (GALLEY ANTICS)

Ken's speaking schedule is as follows:

Monday, January 11 1730 Head Aches: Trials + Tribulations of Marine Toilets

Tuesday, January 12 1430 Sailing Away: Making your Cruising Dreams a Reality

Wednesday, Jan. 13 1500 Transiting the Panama Canal

Thursday, January 14 1400 Reducing the Anxiety in Boating

Friday, January 15 1430 Cruising the Galapagos

Saturday, January 16 1430 Head Aches: Trials + Tribulations of Marine Toilets

Sunday, January 17 1330 Galley Antics: Food Preparation While Underway



The bathroom is taken for granted in homes. More often than not, it works perfectly but if things go wrong, we call a plumber to do the dirty work. Everyone who joins Voyageur10.10 has a sense of urgency in their voice as they ask us to review the use of the head! The toilet on a vessel can be a mysterious piece of equipment AND a source of grief to many of us. When things go wrong, the crap literally hits the fan. HEAD ACHES is a light hearted look at what has and will go wrong with the head. Ken will offer solutions and preventative measures to keep your head working properly and smelling right.


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.


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!


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.


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.


Once you decide to venture further on your boat, the time will come when you have to prepare your meals while underway. A task that presents some incredible challenges. This is a light hearted, entertaining look at what can go wrong and right in the galley while working in an environment that is in constant and unpredictable motion. We also look at galley layout, safety and provisioning for passages. We wrap up with a look at Ken’s cooking philosophy . . . creative cooking while underway.

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