Over 25 top boating experts will gather with 200 sail and power boaters in Port Townsend for the 2nd Annual Spring Boating Symposium on March 16-18, 2012. Held at the Northwest Maritime Center campus and Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend, the symposium will once again be an innovative blend of interactive lectures, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to network with other boaters and experts. Presentations will be relevant to owners of both power and sailing vessels of all hull materials, arranged loosely around the themes of Seamanship, Safety Onboard, “How Does It Work?” and Longer Journeys.

Joining a top-notch faculty will be three headlining presenters: Capt’n Fatty Goodlander will be leading a presentation on cruising on a budget, participating in a jury-rigging panel, and speaking on “Chasing the Horizon: The Life and Times of a Modern Sea Gypsy.” Beth Leonard will be giving a keynote presentation Friday night on “Glacier Island: The Beauty of South Georgia.” Well-known speaker Steve D’Antonio will be addressing “Achieving Electrical Independence” and “Improving Reliability through Enhanced Attention to Detail.” Registration is limited to 200 people; cost is $275 for members of the Wooden Boat Foundation or Northwest Maritime Center, or $295 for non-members.

The Northwest Maritime Center is offering a special promotion for the next 40 people who sign up for the 2nd Annual Spring Boating Symposium: Receive a $50 gift certificate to the Chandlery (http://www.nwmaritime.org/chandlery/) just for registering, OR get a friend, spouse, partner, etc. to sign up for the Symposium, and when their registration is received, you will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Chandlery and your friend will receive a $50 gift certificate!

For more information about the Symposium, the faculty and presentation schedule, or to register, go to http://nwmaritime.org/symposium/ or call 360.385.3628, ext. 106.

Photo credit: Jan Davis