2020 Seminars! Registration now open!

2020 Seminars! Registration now open!

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Winter Seminar Schedule! We have a wide range of topics this year, so if you want to know how to wire the boat, make it shine, read a chart and know what weather is coming your way we have you covered.

You are able to register and pay online through the website, registration starts on Monday, December 16 at 10am. Do not delay, space is limited and most seminars fill well in advance of the date. All of the seminars with the exception of the splicing seminar will have a light lunch served as well as coffee and soft drinks will be available all day.

All seminars are held in the warehouse section of the store so we advise wearing your “boat working apparel” when attending. Parking is at a premium so we ask that you park along the west side of the building and in the back if spots are available.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email us.

If a seminar is filled, you will be given an option for a spot on a non-refundable waiting list for $1. We will inform you if a space becomes available.

Carolyn and the crew at The Rigging Shoppe look forward to seeing you soon. 


February 15, 2020
12V/110AC Workshop

Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm
Attendance $25.00/person, includes light lunch.

Discover how to choose battery chargers, inverters and battery monitors so your onboard 12-volt electrical system is more reliable and versatile. Peter Briffa, owner of Shorewest Ltd., will lead this hands-on workshop. Learn how to use a multi-meter to trouble shoot problems in your boats electrical system, install VHF connections, onboard wire crimping and the basics of installing a new AC or DC electrical panel. There will also be a discussion on corrosion and “power leakage”, a problem that is starting to become an issue in many marina’s and yacht clubs. We will be featuring products from Blue Sea Systems.

February 22, 2020
VHF Operators Certificate

Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Attendance $110.00/person, includes light lunch, notes, lecture and exam.

The Maritime Radio Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC) is required to operate a marine VHF radio, it’s the law. Learn all about the uses or marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). Presented by the Toronto Power Squadron. Advance study is required.


February 29, 2020
Fibreglass Repair/Restoration

Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm
Attendance $25.00/person, light lunch included

Learn to use and apply various tools and materials to repair, maintain and modify your vessel’s hull and deck construction to maximize reliability and value. Learn how to fix dock scars, prevent deck rot and how to make your boat shine like new. The morning session will mainly be theory with a walk through the store to show products available. After lunch there will be demos with some hands-on projects. Presenter is Rod Brandon of Sheen Marine, a total yacht care provider serving south central Ontario.


March 7, 2020
Interlux Yacht Paints

Attendance $1, light lunch provided
Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm

The morning session will focus on barrier coats and anti-fouling paints. Find out how to protect your hull below the waterline from costly blisters using the INTERPROTECT SYSTEM and then which anti-fouling paint may be the best for your type of boating. After lunch find out how to make your boat look like new above the waterline with BRIGHTSIDE polyurethane paint. Parts of this seminar will be hands on. Attendees will have the opportunity to win their Interlux purchases on this day. The presenter of this seminar is Mike Macdonald, The Rigging Shoppe.

March 14, 2020

Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm
Attendance $20.00/person, light lunch included

Sturdy standing rigging and an understanding of the materials that make it up are important for safe and enjoyable sailing.  With a lifetime of rigging experience on every kind of boat, Carolyn, the owner of The Rigging Shoppe and rigger Ken Fowler will take you up your mast and tell you how to maintain your rigging, extend its life and avoid the disasters that can accompany rigging failure.  They will show you what to look for, how and why rigging fails, what costs are associated with rigging replacement, and how to position yourself in regards to insurance.  With a box of failed fittings that are sure to give you pause, Carolyn and Ken will give you a better understanding of the web of wiring that keeps your mast aloft.  A free checklist will give you a way to take the seminar’s basics to your boat. 

March 21, 2020

Saturday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Attendance $45.00/person

Workshop includes Samson splicing tools, splicing manual, materials and instruction. Rigging Shoppe owner Carolyn Burgess will take you through step by step instructions on how to splice double braid and three strand lines.


March 28, 2020
Weather For Boaters (AM Session) & Chart Reading For Beginners (PM Session)

Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Attendance $50.00/person

Two seminars, one day!

AM Weather Session:
The safety and comfort of those that venture out on the water have always been weather dependant. This seminar is a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course. The complex subject of weather is presented in a way that is both understandable and useful. Topics include: Air masses and fronts, winds, storms, clouds & thunderstorms, fog and forecasting. Course material supplied.

PM Chart Reading Session:
Whether planning a cruise, going fishing or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Topics covered are what charts show navigators above the water, chart features, chart scales, what charts show below the water, aids to navigation, latitude and longitude, planning your course and what’s in the way! Course material supplied
Both topics presented by The Toronto Power Squadron

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