DIY Garage

The DIY Garage, located adjacent to the food court on the main field level of BC Place, is where you can 'Ask the Experts' all of your boating service, maintenance and technical questions.


These sessions are informal workshop style, approximately 30 - 45 minutes each, with lots of opportunity for questions & answers, and to talk one on one with the experts. We encourage you when possible to bring in examples of problems you are experiencing (such as photos or small parts) to help the Experts understand your issues and challenges and provide the best possible advice.

CLICK HERE for a downloadable DIY schedule!

* Speaker & topics subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

12:00 PM
Alan Boreham
The Eight Basic Knots Every Boater Should Know
Room 4

1:00 PM
Robert Hess Devon Norris
Diesel Engine Maintenance and Repair
Room 4

2:00 PM
Jason Fanjoy
Sail Care and the Maintenance of Sails
Room 4

3:00 PM
Sarah White
Ask A Surveyor
Room 4

4:00 PM
Nick Webster
Boat Cleaning & Polishing 101
Room 4

5:00 PM
Terry Karlsen
“Don’t Pop a Plank: Wooden Hull Maintenance & Britework
Room 4

6:00 PM
Rod Tait
Canvas Canoe Restoration
Room 4

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

12:00 PM
Brent Jacobi
Deck Layouts and Running Rigging
Room 4

1:00 PM
Robert Hess Devon Norris
Diesel Engine Maintenance and Repair
Room 4

2:00 PM
Jason Fanjoy
Sail Care and the Maintenance of Sails
Room 4

3:00 PM
Ben Gartside
Cruising Confidence Part I: Troubleshooting Your Engine Cooling System
Room 4

4:00 PM
Nick Webster
Boat Cleaning & Polishing 101
Room 4

5:00 PM
Todd Koroll
Troubleshooting Your Outboard Motor
Room 4

6:00 PM
Alan Boreham
The Eight Basic Knots Every Boater Should Know
Room 4

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

12:00 PM
Sarah White
Ask A Surveyor
Room 4

1:00 PM
Robert Hess Devon Norris
Diesel Engine Maintenance and Repair
Room 4

2:00 PM
Jason Fanjoy
Sail Care and the Maintenance of Sails
Room 4

3:00 PM
Brock Kelsch
Marine Plumbing Done Right
Room 4

4:00 PM
Jeff Cote
Marine Electrical Connections
Room 4

5:00 PM
Cresswell Walker
DIY Repowering: Don’t be intimidated, it’s easier than you think
Room 4

6:00 PM
Ben Gartside
Cruising Confidence Part II: Troubleshooting your Engine Fuel System
Room 4

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

12:00 PM
Brock Kelsch
Marine Plumbing Done Right
Room 4

1:00 PM
Jeff Cote
How to Install a Solar Panel
Room 4

2:00 PM
Eric Jespersen
Teak Decks—Friend or Foe?”
Room 4

3:00 PM
Cresswell Walker
DIY Repowering: Don’t be intimidated, it’s easier than you think
Room 4

4:00 PM
Nick Webster
Boat Cleaning & Polishing 101
Room 4

5:00 PM
Steve Crowe
Troubleshooting your Onboard Systems
Room 4

6:00 PM
Chad Garrod & Craig Baker
What to know when buying Marine Electronics
Room 4

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21

11:00 AM
Rod Tait
Building a Small Wood Strip Boat
Room 4

12:00 PM
Brock Kelsch
Marine Plumbing Done Right
Room 4

1:00 PM
Steve Crowe
Troubleshooting Your Onboard Systems
Room 4

2:00 PM
Nick Webster
Boat Cleaning & Polishing 101
Room 4

3:00 PM
Erik Pawson
Annual Hull Maintenance: Assessing Rot in Coring & The Importance of Bottom Paint and Proper Prep
Room 4

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