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Only Four Slots Left in the Two-Day Diesel Seminar at TrawlerFest-Anacortes


The jewel in the TrawlerFest crown is our two-day diesel engine seminar with Nigel Calder and Steve Zimmerman. Capped at 36 students, there are now only four seats remaining. Sign up now or wait a year.

TrawlerFest-Anacortes is happening Tuesday through Sunday, May 12-17 at Cap Sante Marina. The in-water portion of the event runs Thursday through Sunday, May 14-17.

Our most challenging is the diesel seminar, Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines, which involves several experts teaching 36 students over two days. One of them was Calder, PassageMaker technical editor and one of the leading authorities on marine propulsion.

Beginning last fall, we decided to “reinvent” TrawlerFest, and I was asked to devise the seminars and choose speakers. We had come to believe our seminar series had become stale and reasoned that these kinds of decisions should be made by someone with cruising as well as editorial experience, as opposed to marketing or events staff.

That’s when we came up with the team approach. Developing the engine course with Calder was Troubleshooter columnist Steve Zimmerman and reps from the engine manufacturers and a maintenance monitoring company. Calder wrote the book on diesel engines (Marine Diesel Engines), and Zimmerman owns four boatyards in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.


Feedback on our diesel course “professors” was overwhelmingly positive with this from one Riviera Beach, Florida, attendee:

“Nigel was excellent I believe he presented a great deal of information but did not drown us in the unimportant stuff. His presentation seemed to get at the ‘meat’ of the issue directly. Thus, he was able to cover more. He was entertaining and repeated: ‘You can do this’ many times which I found very supportive.

“Steve, your presentation was equally solid. I liked your approach from the prop forward and it was great to hear what shipyards see as the major problems.”

 Click on the button to sign up for seminars or general admission to TrawlerFest-Anacortes.

Click on the button to sign up for seminars or general admission to TrawlerFest-Anacortes.

Diesel course attendees receive a certificate of competency during a graduation party/ceremony with instructors and TrawlerFest sponsors at the end of the day on Wednesday, May 13.

Other team topics for Anacortes are Boatbuyer's Survival Guide, The Great Loop for West Coast Cruisers and Hands on Boat Handling. Add to that an all morning session Onboard Crisis Management, a Cruisers Perspective town-hall seminar and 16 two-hour seminars. Most have been posted for ticketing, but we'll be adding a few in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on this website for new postings, in-depth descriptions of seminars and presenter profiles.

An attendee favorite at Baltimore was Dinner & a Movie Night, which featured the Emmy-winning documentary The Other Side of the Ice about a 2009 Northwest Passage transit in a Nordhavn. It was a thrill for me because we had the boat’s owner and documentary filmmaker Sprague Theobald with us as MC. When the lights came back on, Theobald took questions from the audience. We’re repeating this performance at TrawlerFest-Anacortes.

So whether you’re looking for the nuts-and-bolts information to begin the cruising phase of your life or inspiration to cross an ocean or see a glacier or two, our reinvented TrawlerFests are designed to provide fodder for your dreams. See you at Lake Park, Anacortes and on the water.

For information about TrawlerFest call our dedicated number 954.703.4789 or email us at