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From Puget Sound, most cruisers will choose one of two directions for their immediate exploration, south to California and Mexico or north to British Columbia or Alaska. Today we look at our northbound course component, to be presented by an important TrawlerFest-Seattle partner,


Sam Landsman, Laura Domela and Kevin Morris are the team behind Slowboat. Their goal has always to demystify cruising in the Pacific Northwest and to empower and enable cruisers to explore further with safety, comfort, and confidence. They have made numerous trips up and down the Inside Passage to and from Southeast Alaska, both individually and leading flotillas. Landsma is former managing editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, and lives abonard his Nordic Tug 37 Safe Harbour. Domela is a professional photographer and writer and is usually at the helm of Airship, a Nordic Tug 44. Morris is an entrepreneur, engineer, writer, pilot and deck-hand; he travels with Domela aboard Airship.

Slowboat will present five seminars at TrawlerFest-Seattle:

Packing, Provisioning and Preparing Your Boat for the Inside Passage to Alaska

Before you embark on an extended cruise in the Pacific Northwest or up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska, you might want some tips about what to pack, and how to prepare your boat (and yourself) for the adventure. The seminar is a distillation of lessons learned by the SlowBoat trio from having guided several cruising boat flotillas to British Columbia and Alaska.

Mastering the Inside Passage

This presentation is about “the gates” collectively and individually: the Strait of Georgia, the rapids north of Desolation Sound, Johnstone Strait, Cape Caution, and Dixon Entrance. We’ll cover why one might want to cross each gate, tips for making a safe and enjoyable trip, and answer questions.

Zero to Alaska: How to Successfully Cruise the PNW without a Lifetime of Experience

Daunted by differing opinions from old salts at the marina? Intimidated by the jargon? Scared of storms and boat-eating rapids and dragging anchor in the middle of the night? This seminar is for you! 


Circumnavigating Vancouver Island

This seminar will cover why you might want to cruise the West Coast of Vancouver Island (and why you might not want to), the best destinations and times of year, and how to avoid getting beaten up!

More Modern Power for Cruisers

This is obviously not a destination seminar but it reflects the experiences of a technically adept cruisers dealing with real-world challenges. It is designed to help you sort out the confusion of power systems for cruisers, and offer a new approach to boat power systems that could lead to hassle-free, almost unlimited electrical power onboard.


SEMINARS: Tuesday-Saturday, April 23-27 at Seattle Marriott Waterfront

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 at Bell Harbor Marina.
Show open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. DAILY

ROOMS: Marriott Waterfront offers a limited number of TrawlerFest discounts. Call (206) 443-5000 and mention TrawlerFest.

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BEST VALUE: Every seminar except the diesel course and “Boat Handling on the Water” are part of our VIP package. Being a four- or five-day VIP gives attendees access to their choice of 24 other seminars. The cost is $449 for a four-day VIP pass and $549 for the five-day pass. Visit our ticketing site and do some math. You'll see how being a VIP maximizes your seminar buying power.