Boating event features 35 presenters

Owners of powerboats and sailboats can increase their expertise and find out what’s new at the first Spring Boating Symposium. The event will be March 18-20 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.

The event is designed for people interested in cruising inland or near shore waters from the South Sound to Alaska. The classes are intentionally kept small, and focus on seamanship, lifestyle or technical and maintenance topics.

There will be 35 presenters covering topics including jury-rigging, orcas, interior comforts, the latest in green systems and electronic steering. Among the people scheduled to lead sessions are Lin and Larry Pardey, sailboat builders and authors; writer Steve D’Antonio; Mark Bunzel, publisher of guidebooks; Chuck Hawley, vice president for product information at West Marine; and Mark Schrader, captain and project director of Around the Americas Project.

In addition, a dozen Northwest cruising boats will be available for attendees to tour at Point Hudson Marina, adjacent to the event facilities. Presenters and boat owners will guide tours and answer questions aboard the boats.

Registration is required and costs range from $270 for members of the Northwest Maritime Center and $295 for nonmembers. You can register online at tinyurl.com/45rw24q.

For more information, contact Kaci Cronkhite at symposium@nwmaritime.org or call 360-385-3628, Ext. 106, or visit www.nwmaritime.org/symposium.