Guest Speakers for Virginia
Speaker Location Topics Covered
Capt. Steve Chaconas Alexandria, VA

Largemouth bass, fishing on the Potomac River, tackle used in fishing, locations of fish, seasonal tactics. Can address fishing in year-round conditions - What does it take to become a professional tournament fisherman? What is it like? skills, travel, sponsors, prizes, etc.

Professional Bass Fishing Guide -, Licensed by USCG and Potomac River Fisheries Commission. contributor and blogger, member of BoatUS Ask the Experts

Jim Seith Annandale, VA

Sailing Argentina to Antarctica on 20 mtr racing sailboat, 23 days down Beagle Channel around Cape Horn, across Drake Passage and back. Wildlife encounters. 30 foot seas, 25 knot winds, 2 hours on duty, 4 hours off for the duration. All 6 crew over age of 50, 2 over 70. 1 hr slide show. Author of 3 books. Other shows: - Horseback through Mongolia, - Walking Safari in Mana Pools and down the Zambezi River, Zimbabwe.

Retired Air Force Fighter Pilot, Viet Nam combat Veteran.

Capt. John Shepherd Arlington, VA

What the courts say about the navigation rules as applied to recreational boaters. Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Stephen Swan Arlington, VA

Warranty Law and Consumer Rights. Federal warranty law (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act), State Uniform Commercial Code (Warranty law), Virginia Consumer Protection Act, Fraud and Consumer Rights.

Consumer Attorney, Arlington, VA

Steve Zimmerman Cardinal, VA

Boat Buying, Selling Your Boat, Donating a Boat, Charities, Boat Building & Restoration, Rigging, Repair & Maintenance, Winterizing, Spring Prep, Marine Reinforced Plastics, Marine Canvas.

* 10 Things Every Boat Owner or Buyer Should Know About How Boats Are Built
* How To Make Smart Decisions About Boat Repairs
* How To Buy A Used Boat, As Told By The Boatyard

Can travel VA and MD. Slide and handouts.

George Zahn, Jr Gloucester, VA

Small boat, surveying, Graduate Marine Engineer, USCG Asst Engineer, ship stabilization systems, operated wide variety of vessels. Experience in marine equipment testing and deep ocean mining fleet operation.

Charlie Taylor Herndon, VA

Fishing (fresh and salt water) in DC metro area, bass fishing, tidal rivers and vegetation, "That Dreaded Hydrilla", fishing and hunting equipment

Enjoys teaching. Fishing for various types of fish - fresh and salt water, Northern VA angler and outdoor writer, newspaper columnist.

John McConnico Lively, VA

Weather, recognizing storms, blue water sailing, racing experience: Annapolis-Newport Race and Annapolis-Bermuda Race, storm preparation and storms, boat repair, blisters.

Paul M. Howell Roanoke, VA

Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, boating safety, VA State Boating Education Program

Peter Paul Spring Grove, VA

General boating, saltwater fishing, SCUBA Diving PADI Instructor.

Andrew Bass Vienna, VA

Marine weather, forecasting, off-shore navigation, US Naval Academy, "E" Qualification, electrical systems, electronics.

Virginia Beach, VA

Boating safety, review the list of equipment needed to earn the Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Decal.

USCG Auxiliary Instructor, Commander, Virginia Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chesapeake Bay Boater and Fisherman, Watch Stander - Coast Guard Station Little Creek

Dalene Bailey Williamsburg, VA

Latest safety equipment, safe boating operation, safety checks, GPS, piloting, commercial fishing, search and rescue. USCG Auxiliary Member, US Power Squadron Commander

Maurice Laurier Yorktown, VA

Early days of nuclear subs, boat building and design, protecting your boat investment, relationship between the marine surveyor and boat owner.