CruiserPort – Yachts Miami Beach 2017

Date(s) - Feb 16th 2017 - Feb 19th 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

CruiserPort is your portal to the cruising under power lifestyle!




CruiserPort is PassageMaker Magazine’s designated area within the Yachts Miami Beach, promoting the cruising-under-power lifestyle. CruiserPort offers free boating seminars taught by renowned marine industry

CruiserPort provides attendees with a taste of the TrawlerFest experience, as well as special
deals on TrawlerFest tickets just for stopping by the CruiserPort Seminar Pavilion.


To learn more about Yachts Miami Beach, check out their website. 
Boat show tickets are required to attend CruiserPort – tickets can be purchased here.
Information on Transportation & Parking can be found here. 


Make sure you stop by for our FREE seminars!!!
To secure your spot: please email




Cruising to the Dry Tortugas, With Kim & Randy Kalisik
Friday, Feb. 17. 1-2 p.m.

The Dry Tortugas National Park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to a history of sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water wrecks and fantastic star gazing. Learn about cruising to the Dry Tortugas by trawler and exploring all the wonders it has to offer, including: beautiful beaches, crystal clear water for snorkeling and diving, local wildlife and a fort that is rich in history.

The Kalisik’s will take you on a guided tour of cruising to the Dry Tortugas and exploring their favorite cruising destination. They’ll discuss considerations such as provisioning (you must bring everything you need with you), isolation (no cell or wifi service), weather, anchoring as well as exploring the islands and reefs by snorkeling and diving.


Don’t Be Afraid To Go “Outside,” With Jeff Merrill
Friday, Feb. 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Over the years and through his experiences on hundreds of boats, yacht broker Jeff Merrill has amassed a collection of “good ideas” and “best practices” to help new owners prepare for that fateful day when they leave the safety of inland waters for open ocean. Being on the move safely and comfortably helps insure we all have a great experience on the water. Merrill will touch how to prepare yourselves and your boat, including tips on weather, navigation, helm operations, engine room checks and more.



Smuggler’s Run: Cruising Florida’s Mini-Loop, With Ken Fickett
Saturday, Feb. 18, 1-2 p.m.

Learn about an around-Florida adventure that involves circumnavigating the lower part of the state via the Okeechobee Waterway and Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. Boatbuilder, Florida native and all-around raconteur, Ken Fickett takes you on a journey that encompasses many of Florida’s remaining wild and eccentric places. He’ll show you the interesting stops and how to avoid those goshdarned smugglers.

How To Identify High-Quality Fiberglass Construction, With Ken Fickett
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

More than 40 years of up-close-and-personal boatbuilding have made Ken Fickett one of the nation’s leading experts on fiberglass boat construction, including expert testimony before the U.S. Congress. During his seminar, the builder of Mirage sportfish boats and Great Harbour trawlers shares his tricks for separating the good from the bad and the ugly. He’ll supply the questions you should ask as you walk the docks and tour the yachts. Forewarned is forearmed.


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