Marriott Is the Cure: TrawlerFest Returning to Stuart, Florida, This Winter

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TrawlerFest returns to Stuart, Florida, for the first time since 2009. The show is partnering with Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina, and the dates are Feb. 28-March 4. Registration begins in December.

The choice of a Marriott resort will mark a huge improvement over other Florida TrawlerFest sites in the recent past, most recently Riviera Beach Municipal Marina, which was under construction during TrawlerFest this year and last. Attendee feedback, while positive about seminars and the boat show in general, lamented the conditions at the venue.


No tents or funky buildings at TrawlerFest-Stuart. Plus, indoor plumbing.

Hutchinson Island Marriott is the cure. Business travelers and resort-goers alike hold the Marriott chain in high regard because of its high standards and consistency throughout its properties. The Stuart resort offers large climate and lighting controlled halls for seminars and modern, well maintained docks for the in-water show, which runs Thursday to Saturday, March 2-4. The hotel restaurant Baha Grill is highly regarded and there is a tiki bar poolside.

Besides our signature seminars such as “Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines,” “Hands-On Boat Handling,” “Cruising Cuba” and “Boatbuyer’s Survival Guide,” we are preparing some all-new topics and new instructors to freshen the mix.

Our suggestion to our friends from cold weather states is to include TrawlerFest-Stuart in a larger Florida vacation. Expect to hear from us about the many off-site attractions in the Stuart area.

People Walking DocksSEMINARS:


555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996

Registration opens in December.

QUESTIONS? Contact Megan at or (410) 990-9086 x22


7 comments on “Marriott Is the Cure: TrawlerFest Returning to Stuart, Florida, This Winter

  1. Megan Gildea

    Hi Niell,

    We would be happy to! Registration will be opening early next week. Please send me your email address ( and I will send you a notification when information becomes available.


  2. Greg Wilson


    Am planning on registering soon but had a couple of questions.

    On the web site I only see 4 boat manufactures that are displays 9 boats total. One of the major draws for me as I’m considering my next boat is to see a wide variety of trawlers in person. Are more manufactures/boats going to be available at show time then are shown on your web site?

  3. Megan Gildea

    Hi Greg,

    Yes! We plan to have 50 boats on display and 22 land exhibitors of marine products and services. What is posted is just the current finalized exhibitors. If you check back, by early January the large majority of boat listings and exhibitors will be posted.

    If you have any other questions, please let me know!


  4. Brian Lind


    A very limited number of transient slips are available at Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina. Slips can be booked by calling the Dock Master directly at 1-772-225-6989. More information on slips can be found here:

    For additional transient slips, we recommend Loggerhead Marina Stuart ( & Nettles Island Marina ( Shuttles will not be provided from this location, but we can give you a recommended list of transportation services.

    Hope this helps, let us know if you have any other questions!

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