It’s Thursday and TrawlerFest is in full swing in Bremerton, Washington. Today is the opening of our in-water boat show while our seminar series enters its third day. The weather is beautiful and the docks are dotted with great boats to visit and friendly brokers to talk to. Our seminars continue today with our famous Boat Builders Survival guide, plus weather and navigation seminars with our own Seamanship contributor, Robert Reeder.

On the docks you’ll find boats from 30 to 92 feet. We are featuring the West Coast debut of the brand-new Kadey Krogen 50’ Open, a sedan style yacht that doesn’t sacrifice the stout passagemaking capabilities for which Kadey-Krogen is known. Denison Yachts has several Beneteau Swift Trawlers to explore and the Hampton Yacht Group has their 2018 Endurance 65 motor yacht on display as well. If you’ve been interested in our coverage of Dutch yacht builder Linssen Yachts, make sure to tour their Grand Sturdy 380. From custom yachts, like Sam Devlin’s Kingfisher, to well known production boats, TrawlerFest Bremerton has plenty of boats to pique your interest.

New Pacific

New Pacific

While you are here make sure to visit with the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op and Revision Marine on a 92’ custom expedition yacht designed by Tim Nolan. We had the pleasure of riding down on New Pacific with Matt Mortensen and Chris Brignoli of Revision Marine yesterday. New Pacific features a number of innovative power storage solutions that can be applied to any size of cruising yacht. Matt and Chris will also be hosting a not-to-be-missed presentation on Saturday about hybrid energy systems, solar power, and advancements in battery technology.

There are multiple other can't-miss seminars as our educational series continues alongside our in-water boat show. With seminars located at the conference center right above the marina, attending both seminars and the boat show make it easy for you to experience it all in one day. Tomorrow we’ll have presentations on preparing your boat for offshore cruising, troubleshooting your electronics, and a town hall style round table with some of the biggest names in the cruising and trawlering community. On Saturday, there will be a flurry of excellent seminars including discussions about safety and survival at sea, what to look for before you call a surveyor, onboard communication and entertainment solutions, and the aforementioned solar power and battery technology.

We’ve got a lot to offer over here at TrawlerFest and the weather forecast is wonderful. So, skip across on the ferry from Seattle, or drive up the peninsula and enjoy our world-class seminars and boat show. There is no better place to open your boating season. Make sure you buy your tickets online, use promo code Channels for 20% off tickets and seminars!