TrawlerFest Anacortes 2015

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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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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Trawler Fest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFests 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, industry experts and your favorite PassageMaker editors.

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!

Join us May 12 - 17 in Anacortes, Washington, for the second TrawlerFest stop of 2015 as the heads to the Pacific Northwest!

Boat Show Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday 10am -3pm

Marina:

Port of Anacortes

1019 Q Ave #C

Anacortes, WA 98221

Ticket Information:

General Admission: $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hour): $50 in advance, $60 on site

NOTE: Purchase of a seminar ticket includes general admission to boat show for day of seminar.

The highly popular VIP PACKAGE includes:

  • General Admission to all four (4) days of TrawlerFest's in-water boat show
  • Unlimited access to seminars (Diesel Engine course is NOT available as part of the VIP package)
  • Entry for one (1) to Thursday's night event
  • Entry for one (1) to Friday's night event
  • Retail: $600

*Discounted Price: $375 (you save nearly 40%) On site VIP tickets are $425

(Lunch is NOT included with ticket purchase)

Rendezvous: Be sure to check out the SOCIAL tab to register for our rendezvous-style social events including the Trawlers at Twilight and the TrawlerFest Dinner & A Movie.

For information about TrawlerFest call our dedicated number 954.703.4789 or email us at Trawlerfest@passagemaker.com

Daily schedule and registration is open!

Stay tuned to the page and www.PassageMaker.com as we constantly update this page with more details and seminars.

Click here to read a recap of last year's Anacortes Event.

Seminars

Topic: ANCHORS & ANCHORING

$50.00

Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Bob Sweet

Bob Sweet, author of Powerboat Handling Illustrated, The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation, and Seamanship (co-author), The Weekend Navigator, and Onboard Weather Forecasting, argues that anchoring is not an exact science. He says there are many variables including the location, seas, bottom conditions, winds, and more. It’s a subject where we are constantly learning. What is the best anchor for a specific situation? How many and what should we carry? What techniques work best and when? Attending this seminar will arm you with an appreciation of a range of anchors you might consider, including modern designs, and how best to deploy them. You will be more confident in your anchorage.

TOPIC: DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

$50.00

Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Jeff Merrill

With more than 14,000 miles at sea on trawlers, Jeff Merrill has run nonstop for days on end, transitioning from dusk to night to dawn. His seminar will shed some light on what you can do to become more comfortable when it is your time to stand watch or do an engine room check at sea in the night. We will review engine room checks, standing watch, watch schedules and basic navigation and 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.

TOPIC: **SOLD OUT**ALASKA, THE DREAM TRIP

$50.00

Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: Mark Bunzel

Few other cruising destinations rival the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska. Where else can you find incredible panoramic vistas, calving ice blue glaciers, bald eagles galore, bears on the beach or whales just a few hundred yards away. Add to this the ability to catch fresh salmon, halibut or prawns. All of this is in a relatively protected cruising ground with just two short open ocean crossings. For many this is the trip of a lifetime, others return again and again to take in all the varied and exciting destinations SE Alaska offers. This seminar will tally how you can make the trip in your boat, or even in a bareboat charter or flotilla. We will overview how to prepare and what is required. The preferred routes up through British Columbia will be covered and were to go in SE Alaska once you get to Ketchikan. WE will touch on planning for weather and the tides and currents too.

TOPIC: NAVIGATION-QUICK & EASY

$50.00

Friday, May 15, 2015 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Bob Sweet

Bob Sweet, author of GPS for Mariners, The Weekend Navigator and Using GPS, likes to say that navigation is not your only task while out on the water, so it is essential that it be simple, effective, and accurate. He says marine navigation is fundamentally different from your car navigation system. Attending this seminar, written by the guy who wrote the book on navigation, you will learn techniques and tips that will make your navigation an enjoyable part of your voyage. You will also gain a new level of confidence in your skills.

TOPIC: BELOW THE WATERLINE: INSPECTING & MAINTAINING THE HARDWARE THAT KEEPS YOU AFLOAT 

$50.00

Friday, May 15, 2015 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Steve Zimmerman

How should a thru hull and seacock be installed? What kind of stuffing box should I have…traditional, bellow, or lip seal? How can I tell if corrosion is happening and how can I prevent it? Should a check valve be installed in the bilge pump hose? These are the kinds of questions that will be answered in this class. This seminar will focus on the critical hidden hardware that keeps you afloat. Participants will learn how each component functions, proper installation requirements, and how to inspect and maintain the components. Topics include valves, seacocks, thru-hulls, packing glands/stuffing boxes, and bilge pumps. Examples of each item will be available for participants to see and handle. The knowledge that you gain could dwarf the price of admissions in savings if it helps you prevent catastrophe.



TOPIC: PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP

$50.00

Friday, May 15, 2015 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: Jeff Merrill

Think resale! Jeff Merrill, CPYB, 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 how pride of ownership. This seminar will include a tip sharing session and helpful handouts.

TOPIC: MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS FOR THE CRUISER AND OCEAN VOYAGER 

$50.00

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Denny Emory

Denny Emory of OceanMedix.com provides the formula to prepare yourself 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

TOPIC: UNDER MAINTAINED EQUIPMENT FAILURES

$50.00

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: Craig Parkhurst

This seminar will provide details on the failure point of several common overlooked systems and equipment. In addition, we will walk through the maintenance procedures, tools, and techniques required to complete this maintenance and discuss basic troubleshooting techniques associated with these failures. Seminar is reliant on customer participation and maintenance questions and insight are always welcome. 

TOPIC: TEN DEADLY THINGS TO DO IN THE INSIDE PASSAGE AND SURVIVE TO TELL ABOUT

$50.00

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Brian Krantz

Why do we boat? Brian Krantz who is an experienced Sea Cave Kayak guide, has made ocean crossings in his kayak, sometimes in the middle of the night. Also an accomplished towing and salvage vessel captain thinks that it is adventure. Many of the people he has meet have lived exciting and challenging lives and when they turn to the ocean to get away from the rat race are also looking for challenge excitement and adventure! He believes some of the most fun in boating is learning the skills to be able to safely navigate some of the most treacherous ocean events there are, right here in our own Inside Passage. Come along and join the conversation with Brian as he gets a little politically (maritime politics) incorrect with advice about safety gear as well as gives you tips on not only what is dangerous but how to experience those things safely.

TOPIC: CROSSOVER CRUISING, LOOKING AHEAD

$50.00

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: Brian Krantz

Have you ever experienced the time warp of walking from and electronics store into a marine store? It can be as if you took a step back in time! There is a reason for this and a fun and politically (maritime politics) incorrect discussion as to the evolution of cruising as we know it. In this seminar, broker and boat guy extraordinaire Brian Krantz pushes the envelope on what you can do and challenges long held maritime beliefs in a way that is fresh, exciting, refreshing and sometimes gets a little rowdy. Come in, bring your old ideas and new ideas and lets put them all to the test. The future of boating starts here and it what is happening is exciting because it enables us to do have more fun, more adventure and be more safe!

TOPIC: BALANCING MAINTENANCE COSTS 

$50.00

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: Craig Parkhurst

We will analyze typical maintenance tasks and highlight those items that an average boater can handle and what should be left to the professionals. For those DIY tasks, we will review some of the common tools and resources required to complete them safely and correctly. In addition, we will review the common approaches to maintenance and how to become more predictive in your approaches in an effort to reduce failure rates, increase longevity, and extend maintenance intervals.

TOPIC: THE ART OF BUYING A METAL BOAT

$50.00

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:30am-10:30am

Presented By: Dylan Bailey

Dylan Bailey, boatbuilder and son of a boatbuilder, is a man with brine in his blood. As a surveyor specializing in metal construction and editor of Metal Boat Quarterly, Bailey is a leading authority on steel and aluminum boatbuilding. There are many advantages to metal construction, including the ability to survive most groundings and collisions. There are a wealth of designs that lend themselves to metal, but quality of construction varies widely in the marketplace. Bailey will discuss how to spot potential problems and conduct your own pre offer inspection when you view a metal boat. After you have your offer accepted, the most important thing to do when buying a metal boat is hiring a capable marine surveyor. He will discuss what inspection tools are used and how a marine survey of a metal boat should be performed.

TOPIC: APPS FOR CRUISERS

$50.00

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: Rick Edel, USPS

Many boaters are now using iPads, or other tablets, and smartphones as sources or backups for navigation - and for other boating information. In this seminar you will see many different APPs demonstrated that cover the spectrum of those available. Some APPs offer comprehensive navigation functionality, that is, chartplotter-like capability, others will be simpler. Some will offer integrated tides and currents, AIS, and other utilities that are useful while underway. An iPad will be the primary demonstration device. Whether you have a tablet already or are thinking of purchasing one, this talk will help you sort out what is available to you and how effective they are. Handouts will include lists of available APPs for boaters

TOPIC: TIDES & CURRENTS

$50.00

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented By: William Badgeley, USPS

Cruise confidently in coastal waters, secure in your knowledge of tidal conditions. Even if you are an inland boater, you may travel to an area where knowing about tides and tidal currents is important. Discover what causes the tides to rise and fall and what causes the currents to flow. Learn where to find sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict height of tide and speed of current flow and how to use both print and electronic tide tables. Learn about how tides and currents affect your boat’s performance from experienced coastal boaters. Topics include:

    • Causes and effects of tides and currents
    • Predict the time of highest tide before it begins to fall
    • Predict the vertical movement of the water
    • Safely navigate low tide
    • Determine the speed of the current and when it reaches maximum flood
    • Deal with mean high and low water
    • Use NOAA charts and tables
    • Factor in tides and currents when anchoring

    TOPIC: CRUISER PERSPECTIVES-AUDIENCE Q&A

    $50.00

    Friday, May 15, 2015, 3:30pm-5:30pm

    Presented By: Many Presenters
    TrawlerFest Anacortes’ only afternoon seminar during the boat show will be a town-hall event. In it, our panel of veteran cruisers will field audience questions on a wide-range of topics, sea stories resulting. Circumnavigator Bruce Kessler can discuss what it’s like to spend months and months treading bluewater. Surveyor Dylan Bailey is a veteran cruiser who learned to build boats with his father. Offshore mariner Denny Emory is expert on offshore emergencies and medicine. Mark Bunzel publishes the authoritative North West cruising guides and leads rallies to Alaska. Brian Krantz is a leading area broker, cruiser and all-around boat guy, and Steve Zimmerman can discuss repairs and boatyards from the point of view of both a cruiser and boatyard owner. Former PassageMaker Editor Peter Swanson will moderate and occasionally throw in his two cents.


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    Demos

    These are FREE demos from our sponsors that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don't miss them!!

    Thursday, May 14

    1:30-2:45 USPS - Crossing the Canada Border

    The cruising season is about to start for this year. The United States has over 95,000 miles of coastline and 350 ports of entry. Many of these ports and a portion of the coastline are shared with our immediate neighbors, Canada. The objective of this demo is to introduce boaters to the process of moving between countries by private boat. The demo explains the immigration and customs process and the programs that enable boaters to easily cross into Canada and other nations.

    1:30-2:15 AMERICAN DIESEL- Questions and Answers to understand the Marine Diesel

    Industry icon, Bob Smith, the "father of the Ford Lehman" and owner of American Diesel, will cover the fundamentals of diesel engine maintenance and take questions from audience members.

    2:30-3:15 INTELLIAN- Satellites; TV & Communicaiton: How to get both aboard

    Intellian's, Paul Comyns, a leading expert in satellite communication, will discuss the latest in satellite communication technology and options for keeping you connected wherever you cruise.

    3:30-4:15 VETUS-MAXWELL- Hands on Anchor and Windlass Demonstration

    In this hands on workshop Will Vrooman, from Vetus-Maxwell, will demonstrate proper operation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for your anchor/windlass system. Students will have a unique opportunity to identify the various components and practice on an actual working system.

    Friday, May 15

    1:30-2:15: JOHN DEERE- John Deere Trawler Solutions Seminar

    (Free John Deere hat for attendees)

    For over 15 years cascade engine center has provided customized John Deere engine packages to builders like Nordhavn, Kadey Krogen, and Dashew. 2014 marked the 10 year anniversary of the EPA marine engine regulations. We will review the transition of Deere marine engines to the new Tier 3 models that are now available. We will include an overview of Deer engine ratings and selection including John Deere installation criteria, new break in procedures, engine operation, coolants, and engine oil. Questions are encouraged.

    2:30-3:15: SEA MAGAZINE- An Update on Lithium Ion Battery Technology

    This seminar will focus on the newest Lithium battery technology and will explain how these batteries are built and why hey cost so much initially. It will also discuss, how, over the long run they are very economical and how they are currently being recycled when they are past their useful life as motive power. There will also be a discussion related to Lithium Ion technology in outboard motors, including the Campion 180 HP e-Fusion, currently the worlds most powerful all electric outboard.

    3:30-4:15: VETUS-MAXWELL- Hands-on Anchor and Windlass Demonstration

    In this hands on workshop Will Vrooman, from Vetus-Maxwell, will demonstrate proper operation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for your anchor/windlass system. Students will have a unique opportunity to identify the various components and practice on an actual working system.

    Saturday, May 16

    2:30-3:15 ROCNA ANCHORS- Anchoring in the Pacific Northwest, Tips and Techniques

    Mark Pocock of Rocna Anchors will present an overview of anchoring techniques and technology, with an emphasis on the conditions and challenges to be found in the Pacific Northwest. While many of the traditional approaches to anchoring remain applicable, the advanced performance characteristics new generation anchors can require some modification of anchoring procedures. Attending this seminar will provide an arsenal of anchoring techniques, an appreciation of the benefits offered by modern anchors, and some tips on how to achieve the best performance from these highly engineered designs.

    3:30-4:15 VETUS-MAXWELL- Hands on Anchor and Windlass Demonstration

    In this hands on workshop, Will Vrooman, from Vetus-Maxwell, will demonstrate proper operation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for your anchor/windlass system. Students will have a unique opportunity to identify the various components and practice on an actual working system.

    Directions

    Driving Directions

    Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is conveniently situated halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC.

    Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is just an hour and a half away!

    • From I-5, take Exit #230 (Hwy 20 West)
    • Continue Hwy 20 West, proceed straight through Hwy 20 Spur light (sign “Anacortes – San Juan Ferry”) (12.0 miles)
    • Turn right at light onto R Avenue (2.7 miles)
    • Continue around curves (street becomes Q Avenue )
    • Cross the light at 17th Street
    • Cap Sante Marina is on the right.

    Hotels

    Majestic Inn & Spa: 360.299.1400

    419 Commerical Ave Anacortes, WA 98221

    Sunrise Inn Villas & Suites: 360.293.8833

    905 20th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

    Marina Inn: 360.293.3545

    3300 Commercial Ave Anacortes, WA 98221

    Ship Harbor Inn: 360.293.5177

    5316 Ferry Terminal Rd Anacortes, WA 98221

    Anacortes Inn: 360.293.3153

    3006 Commerical Ave Anacortes, WA 98221

    Anaco Bay Inn: 360.299.3320

    916 33rd St. Anacortes, WA 98221

    Fidalgo Country Inn: 360.293.3494

    7645 WA-20 Anacortes, WA 98221

    San Juan Motel: 360.293.5105

    1103 6th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

    Islands Inn: 360.293.4644

    3401 Commerical Ave Anacortes, WA 98221

    Cap Sante Inn: 360.293.0602

    906 9th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

    Boats

    Check back often as we continue to update this list periodically.

    Land

    Social

    Trawler's at Twilight Docktail Party
    WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2015
    WHERE: The Port of Anacortes Marina Docks
    Dinner and a Movie
    WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015
    WHERE: The Eagles Hall- 901 7th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221

    ExhibitorMaterial

    Exhibitors who wish to partake in TrawlerFest-Anacortes may obtain the handbook and application materials by following the links below. Click through the links below and then left click to download a copy.

    TrawlerFest-Anacortes Exhibitor Handbook

    Land Show Exhibitor Application

    In-Water Exhibitor Application