CruiserPort Palm Beach 2017


CruiserPort is PassageMaker Magazine’s designated area within the Palm Beach International Boat Show, promoting the cruising-under-power lifestyle. CruiserPort offers free cruising seminars taught by renowned marine industry professionals.


CruiserPort provides attendees with a taste of the TrawlerFest experience, as well as special deals on TrawlerFest tickets just for stopping by the CruiserPort Seminar Pavilion.

Location: Use Ramp 2 and follow signage to the CruiserPort pavilion

Just show up onsite & grab a chair at these great seminars!

With questions, contact (410) 990-9086 ext. 22 or email




Weapons & Tactics on the Water
With security expert Tony Sparks
Thursday, March 23, 1-2 p.m.

Lt. Col. Tony Sparks, retired, discusses how to stay safe against bad guys on the water, by carrying guns or non-lethal weapons or no weapons at all. Sparks spent most of his 25-year career in special operations units, including a stint as a helicopter pilot in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, made famous in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” His career continued as a government security advisor for embassies, merchant ships and ports and later as a civilian advisor for a host of customers, including the NFL for three Superbowls. Sparks has conducted security surveys of over 600 oceangoing vessels and 50 major international ports and harbors. Sparks is founder of Phantom Services, a security consultant to the maritime, and other industries. Phantom Services is affiliated with GOST, a company that specials in special security systems for yachts.

Why Buy a Trawler?
With John Clayman, president of Seaton Yachts
Thursday, March 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

A veteran cruiser under both sail and power with countless sea miles, John Clayman brings decades of experience in the design, construction, and marketing of cruising boats to Seaton Yachts. This seminar is for boaters curious about trawlers and the power cruising lifestyle in general. For a start, Clayman will attempt to define "trawler," a surprisingly vague term. Then he will address the issue of slow versus fast boats and coastal versus ocean-going craft. Bring your questions.


CruiserPort Barge

Cruising the FL Keys
With Chris and Alyse Caldwell
Friday, March 24, 1-2 p.m.

The Keys are the place to go where you can find clear water, tropical climate and an "island" attitude. Captain Chris can help you plot your course for these far away islands that are really just next door. It’s an easy place for friends to visit without a passport.

Bahamas Bound: Destination Abacos
With Chris and Alyse Caldwell
Friday, March 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

A cruise to the Abacos is no longer the great mystery it once was. Captains Chris and Alyse discuss everything from supplies to available forms of communications, and Customs and immigration issues you’ll experience in getting there and back. Modern Electronics make the crossing easier and in less than one day most boats find a wonderful marina and restaurant awaiting their arrival.