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Attendees at TrawlerFest-Baltimore have their choice of six seminars that will earn them a certificate of completion, which, depending on type of boat insurance and their underwriter, can earn them a discounted premium.

“Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines” is one of our most popular seminars, taught by renown author/researcher Nigel Calder and veteran boatbuilder and yard operator Steve Zimmerman. Calder is PassageMaker magazine’s technical editor, while Zimmerman writes a regular column called “Troubleshooter.” This two-day course is limited to 36 students and nearly always sells out.

Attendee Robert Terry receives his certificate for "Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines from Nigel Calder and Steve Zimmerman.

Attendee Robert Terry receives his certificate for "Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines from Nigel Calder and Steve Zimmerman.

“Practical Marine Weather” is a new treatment on the subject by weather router and veteran presenter Chris Parker. Parker’s goal in this 11-hour seminar (over two days) is to teach attendees the basics of what drives weather in the marine environment and how to do their own forecasting. 

Dr. Jim Chimiak, director of DAN Medical Services, returns to another TrawlerFest with “Medical Preparedness and First Aid for Boaters.” His seminar is an open discussion on boater safety resources and an approach to basic medical care, including case reviews that detail the initial steps in dealing with medical emergencies in remote locations. Chimiak, a practicing surgeon, is an Annapolis graduate, an avid coastal boater, and he has a great deal of marine medicine experience.

In “Safety & Navigation with Radar, Chartplotters & AIS,” marine author/illustrator Bob Sweet and Furuno Senior Product Manager Eric Kunz will discuss the recent and rapid rise of solid-state multi-frequency radar and the demise of pulse technology originally developed during the Battle of Britain, and what this means for today’s radar consumers and operators. They will discuss the latest uses for AIS technology. They will share navigation techniques and how to get the most from today’s modern multi-function displays, regardless of brand.

“Boat Handling on the Water” will earn you the certificate, but in order to get onto a boat for this limited registration class, attendees need to take the prerequisite seminar “Boat Handling Illustrated,” Together these will develop skills in close quarters maneuvering and docking, not to mention confidence. Instructor Bob Sweet is the author of several marine titles including Powerboat Handling Illustrated and The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation and Seamanship.


Seminars: Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 25-29.
In-Water Boat Show: Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 27-29.
Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Seminar participants enter in-water boat show free on day of seminar.)

Questions? Contact Jennifer at or (954) 761-7073. 

Interested in being an Exhibitor or Sponsor? Contact Ryan Davidson (954) 328-7573 or


Every seminar except the diesel course, "Practical Marine Weather" and “Boat Handling on the Water” are part of our VIP package. Being a four- or five-day VIP gives attendees access to their choice of 24 other seminars. The cost is $449 for a four-day VIP pass and $549 for the five-day pass. Visit our ticketing site and do some math. You'll see how being a VIP maximizes your seminar buying power.