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The Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort and Marina (above) has all the amenities of a resort, including an 18-hole golf course.

Fresh from a week at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, the TrawlerFest crew now sets its sights on Stuart, Florida, for March 3-7. The weather will still be frigid across a wide swath of North America then, so we suggest incorporating TrawlerFest into a Florida get-away. Ticketing begins in early November.

The venue—for the fourth year in a row—is the Marriott Huchinson Island Resort and Marina. As usual we’ll have dozens of new and used cruising power craft at the docks, while the hotel's conference center will host 28 seminars designed to make you smarter and safer cruisers, which also means you’ll have more fun on the water. The Marriott is also an excellent place to socialize with like minded people both informally and during organized evening events.

The seminars include our popular 'Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines' with Nigel Calder and Steve Zimmerman, and“Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide” with several experts advising on how to avoid costly mistakes in the process. Along with several perennially popular seminars, we will present several new topics and introduce some new instructors.

John Wydra receives his Diesel certificate from Steve Zimmerman (left) and Nigel Calder.

John Wydra receives his Diesel certificate from Steve Zimmerman (left) and Nigel Calder.

Baltimore was a tremedous success, and happily the weather was sunny and mild. While Florida in general and Stuart in particular offer fabulous beaches and lots of golf, Baltimore's Inner Harbor was very much an urban destination, particularly because of its adjacency to the vibrant Fells Point neighborhood.