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Feel The Love, Feed the Stomach: TrawlerFest's Secret To Cruising Success


What could be more pertinent to the cruising lifestyle than love and food. Most people who cruise do so as couples, and when they do, the galley is equal in importance to the engine room. Yet living for long periods on a boat can be a challenge to people who have spent their careers and family years in more commodious digs than a 42-foot trawler. Suddenly your personal space has shrunk, and going to the grocery store becomes like a special event.

Enter Chris and Alyse Caldwell, professional boating trainers and long-time liveaboards. At TrawlerFest-Bay Bridge Marina, this couple offers two seminars, each addressing the issues of maintaining domestic tranquility and eating well, and the connections between the two.

In “Couples Cruising With The Caldwells” Chris and Alyse share their experiences cruising together—and still managing to like one another! To live and work together in a small boat–even 60-foot boats can seem small—couples will need to find your comfort zone and understand each persons role aboard. The seminar is 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.

Then they will present “Provisioning Tips from the Pros” 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. This seminar is not a recitation of someone's shopping list. The Caldwells will also go beyond the galley to cover tools, spares, storage and reprovisioning under way. Find out what works and what doesn’t in the real world of cruising.

 Click if you love each other and want to keep it that way

Click if you love each other and want to keep it that way

Chris earned his first Coast Guard captains license at age 18, working in charter fishing and scuba diving boat operations first in the Gulf of Mexico and most recently in the Florida Keys. Operating oilfield service vessels, Chris also boasts a strong commercial marine background including maintenance and repair experience in some unique settings.

Alyse worked as an administrator in nursing and still maintains her Louisiana RN license. Her significant cruising time allowed her to also earn her Coast Guard 100-ton Masters License.

They have been married for 29 years and lived aboard a 44-foot Motor Cruiser full-time for more than a decade.

The TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series runs Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 4. The boat show runs Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 1-4, and includes booths displaying marine products and services. You may also call 954.703.4789 or email us at