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Hey Sailor! Take A Walk On The 'Dark Side'


Even though the event is called TrawlerFest, and it is brought to you by PassageMaker magazine, our seminar series, with the possible exception of the boat handling course, applies equally to sailors and power cruisers alike. Coastal navigation, weather lessons, cruising south to Baja, Mexico, or north to Alaska—we like to say that these topics are “propulsion agnostic.”

The sailor and trawler demographics are in fact nearly identical, with maybe a small difference in age. We used to joke that the typical power cruiser differed from a sailor by virtue of his first surgery and second wife. Estimates vary but up to three quarter of all power cruisers may have begun the cruising lifestyle with a sailboat. It’s amazing how many of them describe the transition with an ironic reference to having “crossed over to the dark side.”

And yet there is another important element to TrawlerFest—the trappings of an old fashioned rendezvous. During the boat show, evening events will bring together boatbuilders, vendors, seminar speakers, boat owners and boat owners-to be in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship and maybe even a few drinks. It’s for that reason that TrawlerFest has been described as a “Woodstock for the nautically inclined and/or high achievers.”


The TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series happens at the Cap Sante Marina Tuesday through Saturday, May 17-21. The boat show runs Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, and includes booths displaying marine products and services.

A $399 VIP pass offers the best value at TrawlerFest because it allows entry into any and all of the seminars (except “Diesel Engines” and “Boat Handling” seminars) for a set price and also includes admission to the show and evening social events. We invite you to do the math. Click on the "Register Here" button and price out five day's worth of seminars. That's right--a VIP pass can amount to half off.

For information about TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach, call 954.703.4789 or send an email to