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Speakers Announced for Trawler Fest-Anacortes 2014


The line-up for Trawler Fest-Anacortes is out, and it includes some of the foremost experts in their fields.

Trawler Fest will be May 15-17, preceded by Trawler Fest University May 13-14, both on the ground of Cap Sante Marina.Trawler Fest is a boat show for cruisers with some of today's best new models and a selection of quality used vessels. Click for more information and to buy tickets.

Nordhavn’s in-house engineer and ABYC Master Technician Mike Telleria will cover topics including trawler electrical basics and design, load management considerations, battery care, using foreign shorepower, electrical system maintenance and corrosion avoidance.

PassageMaker Technical Editor and 25-year industry veteran Steve D’Antonio will share the secrets of successfully working with boatbuilders, brokers, boatyards and marine contractors. This is an interactive session, so be sure to bring your questions! Attendees can also step aboard an exhibitor boat with Steve and gain valuable insight into troubleshooting techniques, maintenance routines, and more.

On most cruising boats, there is no doctor. Denny Emory of will provide an overview of the medical information, equipment and resources that are available to cruisers. Topics covered will include medical kits and first aid kits, first aid, medical manuals and other references, medical equipment and supplies, prescription medications, over-the-counter medical supplies, crew training, communication, 24/7 telemed support and personal medical responsibility.

A Mayday at sea is most often read about in the press or watched on TV in the comfort of one’s home. Another presentation by Emory will address the question of what determines a “Mayday” situation, how to react on board and what to expect. Planning and preparation come into play in the event of an emergency. Taking appropriate action can set into motion the time-honored response of search and rescue resources, and that of fellow mariners at sea.

A panel of experts will lead a discussion about the Great Loop, a 7,000-mile, yearlong journey cruising around the waterways of eastern North America. Yacht broker extraordinaire Curtis Stokes will help you discover the perfect looping boat. Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell will detail the skills you need to build your cruising confidence, and Gold Loopers Bob White and Cathryn Rice will share their experience, too. Attendees will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA).

Stokes will also present a seminar Surveys from a Broker’s Perspective. Find out what surveyors find on surveys most often. From a seller’s perspective, learn how to prepare your boat for a better survey, and from a buyer’s perspective, make sure your surveyor is looking for similar issues

 The Caldwells cruise with Bert.

The Caldwells cruise with Bert.

The Caldwells will also present a seminar about cruising with pets. They started boating with two labs way back in 1990 and will some successful how-to strategies for full-time cruisers who don’t want to leave home without the family pet.

The Caldwells will also present a seminar on anchoring. Learn about which types of anchors are right for the seafloor conditions, how much scope and when to select chain vs. rope. Just what IS a snubber and where can you find one? Join Captains Chris and Alyse for this interactive presentation and we promise you won’t have to clean mud off the deck

Eric Oczkewicz and Mark Crandall of LaConner Marine have more than a decade of experience working with marine customers, focusing on fiberglass, gelcoat repairs, bottom paint, and LPU and other topcoats. This seminar will focus on hull and running gear issues and preventative maintenance.

Northern Lights Factory Trainer Bob Senter, otherwise known as “Lugger Bob,” will use a running generator set to explain the ins and outs of generator set service and maintenance Senter is also a coastal and long range cruiser, NAR crew member, unofficial application engineer and roving Nordhavn customer support guy usually found wandering the West Coast.

Whether you have a Lehman Ford, Perkins, John Deere, Cummins or Yanmar engine, your boat’s power supply is the most critical piece of onboard equipment. If you have questions about parts, service, maintenance, or why your engine makes a certain sound, Bob Smith, developer of the Lehman Ford, can help. Bob will share his years of hands-on experience and expertise at this fun, relaxed, conversational seminar. This is a practical session, so bring your questions and get detailed answers

Modern cruising has experienced more change in the last five years than it has in the previous 50. Capt. Brian Krantz will answer your questions about the future of cruising –From iPads to hull types, come learnhow the cruising world is changing, and what it means to you. To say that Krantz sells boats for a living belies a colorful maritime past of captain, salvage diver, kayak guide and a love of the ocean the audience will find contagious.

Former Nordhavn sales whiz and now independent broker, Jeff Merrill, talks about tricks of the trade and helpful reminders will help take some of the guesswork out of monitoring various systems and equipment on board your trawler. Little details like reference marks for needles on analog gauges, a dry-erase board in your engine room, anchor chain marking and many other common-sense tips make this an engaging and informative seminar that you won’t want to miss. Jeff will share photos of these ideas and also discuss an assortment of products that you should consider using on your trawler that will not only make your life more enjoyable, but may also favorably affect your eventual resale value.

For cruising foodies, Jackie Davison of the Potluck Kitchen Studio will conduct a live cooking demonstration preparing dishes from her “From Fidalgo to Baja Tapas” menu. Then savor these tasty tapas and learn how to pull off the menu gracefully from your own galley. Attendees will each receive a recipe packet to take home, as well as a chance to buy wine and souvenirs.