TrawlerFest's Two Town Halls, One of Which Is Co-Ed - PassageMaker
Audience Questions Drive the Discussion

Two seminars at TrawlerFest in Bremerton are designed to let the audience drive the conversation. The "Admiral's Roundtable" and "Cruisers Roundtable" each features a panel of experts that takes questions from the audience. The discourse can be quite lively.  

A standing joke in the cruising community goes like this: He may be the captain, but she is the admiral, because if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Or something like that.  

Valerie Creighton, Becky Fickett, Linda Lewis, Laura Domela and Pat Rains all have cruised widely but with distinctly different experiences.

The newest panelist is Laura Domela, a professional photographer and writer who is usually at the helm of Airship, a 34-foot Nordic Tug. She is part of the team.

The newest panelist is Laura Domela, a professional photographer and writer who is usually at the helm of Airship, a 34-foot Nordic Tug. She is part of the team.

 Creighton and her husband have cut a swath from California to Thailand. Fickett, holder of a captains license, has thousands of miles under her belt in East Coast Waters. Lewis, a licensed captain, has cruised to Southeast Alaska nine times and instructs couples on how to operate their boats together. And Rains, also a captain, is a leading expert on cruising in Mexico. A couple days after this seminar, Laura Domela will be part of a group leading a rally up the Inside Passage. 

 This seminar is for women who think they may want to go cruising or who have only recently entered into the cruising lifestyle and have a wide range of questions best answered by other women, and, alas, without any men in the room.  


 In "Cruisers Roundtable," a town hall-style event, our panel of veteran cruisers will field audience questions on a wide-range of topics, sea stories always resulting. 

Circumnavigator Bruce Kessler can discuss what it’s like to spend months and months treading blue water. Surveyor Dylan Bailey is a veteran cruiser who learned to build boats with his father. John Clayman is a prominent East Coast yacht broker, cruiser, racer and all-around boat guy. Ken Fickett builds fast and slow cruising boats. PassageMaker contributor Robert Reeder is a Navy vet and professional mariner who teaches weather and navigation. Eric Kunz, after a stint as a professional big-ship mariner, went on to help develop radars and other electronics for Furuno. The moderator is Jeff Merrill, a certified professional yacht broker, author and trawler specialist with thousands of cruising miles with clients.  


You can attend all the above mentioned seminars and most of the others for fixed prices with a four- or six-day VIP Pass. The cost is $399 for a four-day VIP pass and $499 for the six-day pass. Visit our ticketing site and do some math. You'll see how being a VIP maximizes your seminar buying power.

SEMINARS: Tuesday, May 1 – Saturday, May 5, at the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside, 100 Washington Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337.

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5
Open 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. at Bremerton Marina, 120 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337