Registration is now open for TrawlerFest-Florida, which happens March 3-7 at the Marriot Hutchinson Island Resort and Marina at Stuart. The event combines a niche boat show featuring dozens of cruising craft with a nautical education program offering more than 30 seminars. Evening events allow participants to socialize with the people they will someday see on the water.

The dates are set. Now stand by for details of our Seattle event, coming out next month.

The dates are set. Now stand by for details of our Seattle event, coming out next month.

TrawlerFest is for people in the market for a cruising power boat, for those who have recently adopted the cruising lifestyle, for more experienced cruisers who want to broaden their skills and for sailors looking to switch to power. Sunny Stuart is a no-brainer for cruise minded folks from cold places who want to incorporate TrawlerFest into a Florida vacation.

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We offer all the standing seminars that have been informing attendees for years—diesel engines, boat handling, marine electronics, the Great Loop, buying a boat and how to maintain that boat once it’s yours. Once again, we’ll stage two popular roundtable Q&As, one of which is women-only.

And as always, we’ll have new subjects and new takes on old subjects. 

  • Cruising expert Addison Chan teams up with weather guru Chris Parker to take a new look at the Bahamas post-Hurricane Dorian.
  •  Speaking of Parker, we have completely re-designed his weather offerings this year, including this new take: “20 Facts About Marine Weather You Should Know But Probably Don’t.” 
  • Steve Zimmerman takes you on a voyage along the Downeast Circle, circumnavigating New England and the Canadian Maritimes. 
  • Recently retired Admiral Dixon Smith and his wife Kiki will describe how they made the transition “From Pentagon to Power Cruisers.”
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