Trawler Fest Baltimore FAQ’s


What’s the difference between Trawler Fest University and Trawler Fest?
Trawler Fest University (TFU) is an in-depth, 2-day boater education program that takes place on Tues, Sept 24 & Wed, Sept 25. Class sizes are limited enabling instructors to dedicate more time to each individual student and provide a more comprehensive look at subjects like boat handling, boater safety, engine maintenance and many others. Trawler Fest starts on Thurs, Sept 26 and runs through Sun, Sept 29. The event features an in-water boat show, land expo, nightly entertainment and a variety of 90-minute seminars and activities throughout the day.
When is Trawler Fest University
Tuesday, Sept. 24 & Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
What are the boat show dates for Trawler Fest?
Thursday, Sept. 26-Saturday, Sept. 28 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 29 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Where will the boat show be held?
BMC HarborView Marina
500 Harborview Dr.
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Where are the seminars taking place?
The seminars will be held aboard the historic SS John W. Brown – one of only two surviving, fully operational Liberty Ships launched during WWII. The “BROWN” will be moored along the seawall adjacent to the BMC HarborView marina. **The SS John W. Brown is not wheelchair accessible.
What evening activities are going on?
A cocktail party will be held Thursday and Saturday night, and a dinner on Friday night. Please check back for more information.
Can I sell my boat at the show?
If you would like to sell your boat at Trawler Fest you must be registered as an exhibitor. “For Sale” signs are only allowed on the designated exhibitor docks. For information on exhibiting please contact Exhibitor Sales Manager, Will Carlsen;
How many exhibitors will be on display?
We expect between 60 – 70 new and used boats on display including brands like Kadey-Krogen, Nordhavn, Fleming, Beneteau, Ranger Tugs, Outer Reef, Selene, American Tug, Nordic Tug along with many, many more!  We’ll also have over 40 land displays featuring the latest in marine electronics, gear and services. Please be sure to check the exhibitor list regularly for updates!
Can I renew my PassageMaker subscription at the show?
Yes! We have great boat show specials!



What is the cost of the show?
There are a variety of packages to choice from. For a more detail description of the packages please visit the pricing page here.
Ultimate Trawler Fest Experience $700Includes TFU & Trawler Fest 4-day, all-inclusive package – a $1,000 value!!
Trawler Fest University $450
Four-Day All-Inclusive Package $300Includes welcome kit, Thurs. breakfast, choice of eight, 90-minute seminars, access to land & water exhibits, afternoon activities, and all evening events. – a $550 value!!
Individual 90-minute Seminars $50 each
General Admission $15Includes welcome kit (while supplies last), access to land & water exhibits, and afternoon activities.
How do I register?
Step 1: Click here
Step 2: Select register and complete the form
Step 3: Choose your package and pick your seminars
Step 4: Review your order and check out
Step 5: You should receive a confirmation email that the payment has been processed
By Phone
Can I purchase tickets the day of the show?
Yes. Tickets will be sold at the Trawler Fest Registration Tent.
Can I sign-up for seminars on-site?
Yes. Price increases to $60 on-site.
When will I receive a confirmation letter?
You will receive a confirmation letter via email approximately 2 – 3 weeks before the event.
If I pre-register where do I get my registration packet, itinerary, and name badge?
On the day of the show, you will check-in at one of the Trawler Fest Registration booths and receive all your materials.



What are my hotel options?
To reserve a hotel in our room block please visit:
Can I come by boat?
Yes! We encourage you to bring your boat, celebrate with fellow cruisers, and share your experiences with “newbies” who are eager to learn. *Space is limited at the Harborview Marina; however, additional space may be available at one of Baltimore Marine Center’s neighboring marinas. Please contact Cindy at for slip reservations and availability.



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