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New To Fest: Seminar on Choosing Your Marinas

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Buying the boat is just the beginning. Now you've got to find a suitable berth, whether its near home for those still working, or a seasonal cruising headquarters. Finally somebody has taken a serious look at this reality, and its a seminar at TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach.

(ALERT: Only three seats left for the two-day seminar "Everything "Need To Know About Diesel Engines.")

Scott McDowell, author of Marinas: The Complete Guide for Marina Selection, Storm Awareness and Living Comfortably Aboard Your Boat, advises cruisers on how to be informed shoppers for the best slip and best boating community.

Topics include: Critical interactions with marina management; docks and slips; key utilities and local services; biofouling and corrosion; weather and storm considerations; useful Websites; boater safety and marina tenant agreements.

With a Ph.D. in Ocean Physics, Scott will also discuss important aspects of tides, storm surge, marine lightning and little-known meteo-tsunamis. Come enjoy this session of practical information with a healthy dose of science, sea salt and nautical humor from a seasoned mariner.


The TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series happens at the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 26-31. McDowell's seminar is on Sunday, Jan. 31, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

The boat show runs Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 28-31, and includes booths displaying marine products and services. For information about TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach, call 954.703.4789 or send an email to

The best value is to purchase a VIP pass which allows entry into any and all of the seminars (except the diesel and “Hands-On Boat Handling” seminars) for a set price, which also includes admission to the show and evening social events.