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TrawlerFest Fort Lauderdale 2013

Jan 29th 2013 - Feb 2nd 2013

Attendees, industry reps, and boating experts gathered at the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center in Ft. Lauderdale Jan. 29–Feb. 2 for a week of seminars, boats, marine products….read full recap.

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TrawlerFest Lake Park 2014

Feb 27th 2014 - Mar 1st 2014

Trawler Fest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, Trawler Fests feature an impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, the latest in marine gear and services, first-class education & demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities to connect with serious, qualified buyers. Trawler Fest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education and community come together in an intimate, rendezvous atmosphere. Trawler Fest is an experience you simply won’t want to miss!

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TrawlerFest Anacortes 2014

May 15th 2014 - May 17th 2014

Trawler Fest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, Trawler Fests feature an impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, first-class education and demonstrations, the latest in marine products & services, and opportunities to share cruising adventures with fellow cruisers.

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TrawlerFest Baltimore 2014

Sep 25th 2014 - Sep 28th 2014

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The Nation’s Premier Cruising Event returns to Baltimore!

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising under power enthusiasts.

Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFests showcase the nation’s best in-water display of cruising powerboats, first class boating courses and demonstrations, all the latest in marine products & services, and rendezvous-style evening events and activities!

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. TrawlerFest is an experience you simply won’t want to miss!

Show Dates:
September 25 – 28, 2014

Location:
BMC at Harborview Marine Center (South Harbor)
500 Harborview Drive
Baltimore, MD 21230
410.752.1122

Registration:
Registration for TrawlerFest Baltimore is open … click here.

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Trawler Fest University Two-day Technical Course
Tuesday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 24
8:30am – 5:30pm both days
Topic: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIESEL ENGINES (New!)
Presented by: Nigel Calder and Steve Zimmerman
This two-day course is led by PassageMaker Technical Editor Nigel Calder, who wrote bible of cruising propulsion, “Marine Diesel Engines.” Partnering with Calder is Steve Zimmerman, owner of boatyards in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as representatives from Yanmar, Cummins and Volvo who will bring their engines for hands-on training. Topics covered will include emergency repairs, repowering, maintenance, warranty and gensets. The information imparted is not only essential for successful cruising, but will also enable attendees to make money-saving decisions.
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Trawler Fest University One-day Courses
Wednesday, September 24
8:30am – 5:30pm
Topic: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARINE ELECTRONICS (New!)
Presented by: Ben Ellison and Paul Comyns
This all-day course is led by two of the most knowledgeable figures in the marine industry today—The AIM Marine Group’s Senior Electronics Editor Ben Ellison (renown for his weblog Panbo) and industry veteran Paul Comyns of Intellian. Ellison and Comyns will review all aspects of modern navigation and communications technology with insights about the various brands. The seminar includes small-group sessions on Gizmo, Ellison’s uniquely equipped Duffy 37 test boat. You will come out of this class able to make better choices and save hundreds of dollars, if not more.
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8:30am – 5:30pm
Topic: THE BAHAMAS & BEYOND (New!)
Presented by: Sara and Monty Lewis, Peter Swanson, and Mark Mitchell
This all-day course will provide critical intelligence for any cruisers wishing to visit the Bahamas or continue down island. Marquee presenters include Sara and Monty Lewis publishers of the Explorer Charts and Guides, considered an essential tool for Bahamas cruisers. PassageMaker Editor Peter Swanson and professional delivery skipper Mark Mitchell will offer their advice for Caribbean-bound passage makers. Swanson will also discuss the concept of a Bahamas-Cuba Loop. And security expert Katherine Hebson will discuss safety and security in the islands, including a discussion of places to avoid.
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TrawlerFest Thursday (2-hour) Seminars
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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TrawlerFest Friday (2-hour) Seminars
Friday, September 26, 2014
8:30am – 10:30am
Seminar Topic: THE GREAT LOOP DEMYSTIFIED
Presented by: Capt. George and Patricia Hospodar
Captain George and Patricia Hospodar, authors of two books, “Reflection on America’s Great Loop” and “The Great Loop Experience from Concept to Completion” (available Fall 2014), will prepare you for what many have called the “Journey of a Lifetime”. The following topics and many others will be covered: the basic route and its variations, height and depth restrictions, selecting the right boat for you, an overview of the important financial considerations in doing the trip as well as the many other personal, medical, home, family, and household details that need to be arranged before starting out on this journey. It will also address the day to day adventures that boaters encounter while doing the “Loop”, such as passing safely through locks.
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Seminar Topic: NEAT TRICKS FOR CHECKING YOUR NAVIGATION
Presented by: Bob Sweet
Author and longtime Power Squadron officer Bob Sweet shares some genuine “Old Salt” wisdom to ensure skippers don’t cede situational awareness to their devices.
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Seminar Topic: HOW TO CRUISE TOGETHER WITHOUT KILLING EACH OTHER
Presented by: Chuck Baier and Susan Landry
Authors and long-time liveaboards Chuck Baier and Susan Landry discuss what couples can expect when they go cruising and secrets to maintaining their relationship.
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Seminar Topic: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ONBOARD WIRELESS
Presented by: Ben Ellison
Our Marine Group’s Senior Electronics Editor Ben Ellison talks about all the ways wireless technology is making cruising safer, smarter and more fun.
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10:45am – 12:45pm
Seminar Topic: NORTHWEST PASSAGE: ADVENTURE, ORDEAL, OR BOTH?
Presented by: Theobald Sprague
This limited release documentary took our editors by surprise and chronicles his historic Northwest Passage on a Nordhavn 57. Sprague’s film digs deep into the enduring human spirit, the heartache of defeat, the joy of family, and the lifeline binds of offshore passagemaking. It’s no wonder why “The Other Side of the Ice” was the recipient of Sprague’s second Emmy.Sprague’s writing and commentary have been published in TheNew York Times as well as many major national and international yachting magazines. Sprague spent several seasons as a staff writer for two of the Showtime Network’s episodic shows and worked as a successful screenwriter in Los Angeles, and a broadcast journalist/producer for eight years at an NBC affiliate. The Other Side of The Ice is Sprague’s second book; The Reach is his first. Sprague’s boating résumé includes twelve-meter racing in the America’s Cup arena, several transatlantic races, one of which was the Two Man Transatlantic Race, a complete circumnavigation of North America, and over 40,000 offshore miles. He lives and works out of Manhattan, New York.
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Seminar Topic: ICW INSIGHTS
Presented by: Chuck Baier & Susan Landry
Authors and veteran cruisers Chuck Baier and Susan Landry provide an overview of what to expect as you head southbound on the ICW. This seminar “closes the loop,” so the speak, making an excellent companion seminar to the Hospodar’s presentation on the inland portions of the Great Loop.
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Seminar Topic: THOUSAND ISLAND CRUISE (THE TRIANGLE LOOP WITHIN THE LOOP)
Presented by: Capt. George and Patricia Hospodar
Great Loop veterans, Captain George and Patricia Hospodar, outline a very manageable single-season cruise for Bay-area mariners that we call the Thousand Island Cruise – a scenic circumnavigation of the Adirondack Mountains up the Hudson River, through the Erie Canal and into the Thousand Islands. This region consists of 1,864 beautiful islands that straddle the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River. The return to the Hudson is via Montreal and Lake Champlain. Topics will include: route planning, height and depth restrictions, recommended boating equipment, negotiating safely through locks, dealing with Customs and border crossings, and the wonderful points of interest you will encounter along the way.
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Seminar Topic: BAHAMAS: PREPARATION & PLANNING
Presented by: Sara & Monte Lewis
Explorer Chart Publishers Sara and Monte Lewis discuss how to prepare yourselves and your boat to cruise the Bahamas with self-reliance.
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Seminar Topic: WHY HULL FORM MATTERS
Presented by: Lou Codega
Naval architect Lou Codega explains the differences in performances with full-displacement, semi-displacement, planing and catamaran, and why some may suit your cruising style better than others.
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TrawlerFest Saturday (2-hour) Seminars
Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30am – 10:30am
Seminar Topic: WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT SURVEYS & SURVEYORS
Presented by: Curtis Stokes, CPYB
Veteran yacht broker Curtis Stokes speaks on a topic that anyone who ever plans to buy or sell a boat needs to hear. He’ll address how to identify the right surveyor for the results you need, and what can happen when you hire the wrong one.
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Seminar Topic: THE THEORY OF POWERBOAT HANDLING, ILLUSTRATED
Presented by: Bob Sweet
Bob Sweet, senior navigator and author of “The Weekend Mariner” and “GPS for Mariners” takes you step-by-step through the tricks and techniques of docking and piloting your trawler in different conditions.
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Seminar Topic: EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AT SEA: WHAT YOU CAN ANTICIPATE & THOUGHTS ON HOW TO PROCEED
Presented by: Denny Emory
The title says it all. Denny Emory of OceanMedix.com is a circumnavigator, a licensed yacht captain, a wilderness EMT, having voyaged 100,000 nautical miles under sail and power. He will tel you that when crises occur, they rarely come as a single calamity but rather as a platoon of them.
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Seminar Topic: SURVIVE! MARINE WEATHER IN THEORY
Presented by: Lee Chesneau
Lee Chesneau, veteran mariner and former forecaster for the U.S. Navy and National Weather Service, explains basic weather terminology and 101 concepts such as temperature, wind and pressure and cloud identification. This course is intended as an introduction to Chesneau’s Thrive! Marine Weather in Practice.
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Seminar Topic: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Presented by: Jeff Merrill, CPYB
Many new cruisers are nervous about night passages. Jeff Merrill, a yacht broker with long experience delivering trawlers, discusses the advantages of running at night and tricks for making night passages not only safer but enjoyable. He will review engine room checks, standing watch, watch schedules and basic navigation / electronics monitoring – and how these chores are carried out during the night. This seminar will include time to swap some sea stories and some helpful handouts will be provided.
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10:45am – 12:45pm
Seminar Topic: PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP
Presented by: Jeff Merrill, CPYB
Think resale! Jeff Merrill has been selling cruising sailboats and trawlers for over 20 years and has discovered some of the secrets diligent trawler owners use to reflect great care and attention. Whether your boat is new to you or you have enjoyed her for years there are common secrets and tips to successful trawler maintenance and organization that will be shared by viewing photos and through descriptions of real life examples. Learn what you can do to keep your trawler shipshape and show pride of ownership. This seminar will include a tip sharing session and helpful handouts.
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Seminar Topic: DEALING WITH BOATYARDS WITHOUT GETTING MAD OR GOING BROKE
Presented by: Steve Zimmerman
Steve Zimmerman has been a boatyard owner for more than 20 years and now owns four in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. He’ll talk about how to make smart decisions about repairs and how to identify the boatyard to do them, and…well…what the title says.
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Seminar Topic: AVOIDING TAX TRAPS AS YOU CRUISE THE EAST COAST
Presented by: Todd Lochner
Annapolis Maritime Attorney Todd Lochner helps you stay one step ahead of the taxman as move up and down the coast. One day too many in a particular state can end up costing you, and Lochner will have some horror stories, ripped straight from his case files. Plenty of time for audience Q&A.
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Seminar Topic: THRIVE! MARINE WEATHER IN PRACTICE
Presented by: Lee Chesneau
Marine weather guru Lee Chesneau continues his series with weather series by teaching attendees how to read a surface weather map. This course is intended for somewhat experienced cruisers or those who attended his earlier session “Survive: Marine Weather in Theory.”
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Seminar Topic: MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS FOR THE CRUISER & OCEAN VOYAGER
Presented by: Denny Emory
Let’s face by the time couples go cruising many are beginning show some sign of wear, and there’s no doctor on board. Denny Emory, co-founder of OceanMedix.com, will provide the formula to prepare yourselves for almost any medical emergency. He will cover sources of Information, first aid kits, medical manuals, medical equipment and supplies, prescription medications, over-the-counter medical supplies, first aid and medical training, communication; 24/7 tele-med support, personal crew responsibilities and pets on board.
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Trawler Fest Land Exhibitors*

*Check back often as we continue to update this List periodically.

2014 National Sponsors
ACE Recreational Marine Insurance Phone: 1-800-215-0871
Category: Insurance/Finance Website: www.acegroup.com
American Diesel Phone: 804-435-3107
Category: Diesel Engine Sales/Parts/Service Website: www.americandieselcorp.com
Intellian Technologies Phone: 949-727-4498
Category: Communication Systems Website: www.intelliantech.com
Quickline USA Phone: 714-843-6964
Category: Anchors/Deck Hardware Website: www.quickline.us

Regional Sponsors
Bell Power Systems Phone: 860-767-7502
Category: Engines Website: www.bellpower.com

Cummins Marine
Category: Engines Website: www.marine.cummins.com
Gramptsr’s Pride
Category: Marine Cleaning Products Website: www.grampstrspride.com
Llebroc Helm Chairs
Category: Marine Seating Website: www.helmchair.com
MarinaLife
Category: Associations / Organizations / Clubs Website: www.marinalife.com
MTOA
Category: Associations / Organizations / Clubs Website: www.mtoa.net
OceanGrafix
Category: Navigation/Electronics Website: www.oceangrafix.com
United States Power Squadrons
Category: Associations / Organizations / Clubs Website: www.usps.org
Rigid Boats
Category: Tenders Website: www.rigidboats.com
Sport Tender International
Category: Tenders Website: www.tendercareboats.com
Sterling Acceptance
Category: Insurance / Finance / Documentation Website: www.sterlingacceptance.com
Volva Penta
Category: Engines Website: www.volvapenta.com
Waterway Guide
Category: Associations / Publications / Guidebooks Website: www.helmchair.com
Wheelhouse Technology
Category: Marine Software Website: www.wheelhousetech.com
Yanmar
Category: Engines Website: www.yanmarmarine.com
Zimmerman Marine
Category: Boat Sales / Service Website: www.zimmermanmarine.com

 

Hotels

Discounted rates for TrawlerFest Baltimore attendees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following two (2) hotels:

  • Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel ($156/night, regularly $219/night)
  • Brookshire Suites ($155/night, regularly $207/night)

To make a reservation, contact BoatShowHotels at either 866-877-3083 or info@boatshowhotels.com

If you wish to reserve dockage for the show, please contact the Harborview Marine Center directly at 410-752-1122 or info@harborviewmarinecenter.com Be sure to let the marina representative know that you are a TrawlerFest “Attendee” (as opposed to an “Exhibitor”).

Normally the transient rates at Harborview Marine Center are $2.50 per foot/per day during the week, and $3.00 per foot/per day on weekends plus $18 per day for electric; however, the marina is offering a special rate of $2.00 per foot/per day (plus $18 per day for electric) only for TrawlerFest attendees.

If you would like to become an Exhibitor and display your boat for sale at TrawlerFest, please contact PassageMaker’s Will Carlsen at 410-990-9086 x25 or wcarlsen@aimmedia.com

Our TrawlerFest Baltimore 2014 Sponsors

Fleming Intellian
John Deere The Boat Village
Marinalife Yachtworld.com Ocean Navigator Waterway Guide