Bay Bridge 2017 Seminar Schedule

Join us at Bay Bridge Marina for TrawlerFest seminars Sept. 26 - Sept. 30
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Join us at Bay Bridge Marina for TrawlerFest seminars Sept. 26 - Sept. 30

TRAWLERFEST BAY BRIDGE 2017 SEMINAR SCHEDULE


TrawlerFest Bay Bridge Seminars begin in Tuesday, Sept. 26, with the In-Water Boat Show opening on Thursday, Sept. 28. For information on the In-Water Boat Show, please click here. 

All seminars will be held onsite at Bay Bridge Marina. Please contact Megan at (410) 990-9086 ext. 22 or trawlerfest@passagemaker.com with questions. 

THE PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION TO THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW


For the best value on seminars, consider one of our VIP package!

5 Day VIP Package- $499
The highly popular 5 Day VIP Package includes:
• General Admission to all Three (3) days of TrawlerFest’s In-Water Boat Show
• Unlimited access to seminars (Tuesday-Saturday) (Diesel Engine course and Boat Handling Hands On is NOT available as part of the VIP package)
• Entry for one (1) to Thursday’s Welcome Dinner & Boater Trivia
• Entry for one (1) to Friday’s Trawlers At Twilight Docktail Party
• Value: $1105, 55% savings

*Seminar selection forms will be sent out after purchase

3 Day VIP Package- $399
The highly popular 5 Day VIP Pacakge includes:
• General Admission to all Three (3) days of TrawlerFest’s In-Water Boat Show
• Unlimited access to seminars during show days, Thursday - Saturday (Diesel Engine course and Boat Handling Hands On is NOT available as part of the VIP package)
• Entry for one (1) to Thursday’s Welcome Dinner & Boater Trivia
• Entry for one (1) to Friday’s Trawlers At Twilight Docktail Party
• Value: $615, 45% savings

*Seminar selection forms will be sent out after purchase

To view the schedule larger, please click here. 

To view the schedule larger, please click here

THE PURCHASE OF A SEMINAR TICKET INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION TO THE IN-WATER BOAT SHOW

TUESDAY, SEPT. 26

Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines, Day 1
With Nigel Calder & Steve Zimmerman
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$495. (Limit: 36. Not included in VIP Pass)
(Continues Wednesday)

This is not the only diesel engine course for boaters, but it is the only diesel engine course for boaters taught by renown author/researcher Nigel Calder and veteran boatbuilder and yard operator Steve Zimmerman. Calder is PassageMaker magazine’s technical editor, while Zimmerman writes a regular column called “Troubleshooter.” It is also worthy of note that unlike most other engine instructors both Calder and Zimmerman are real-deal cruisers, who bring this perspective to the curriculum. This two-day session combines classroom time with hands-on engine time in the shop. It also combines theory and practical troubleshooting instruction, and it does so with a touch of humor to keep things lively.

LUNCH: Attendees will be provided box lunches both days.

PARTY/CEREMONY: Attendees and spouses are welcome to a “graduation” party at 5:00 p.m. after Wednesday’s session, during which certificates of completion will be awarded, and a good time will be had. In some cases, the certificate of completion may help attendees save money on their boat insurance.


Partner in Command
With Art Pine of U.S. Power Squadrons
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
$65

Are you a regular passenger on your family or friend's boat? Looking to join your spouse on boating adventures? This seminar provides on overview of what you need to know.

The class includes understanding anchoring, docking, navigation, preparing for bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies. The goal is to light the path to becoming a confident and effective first-mate. Certificate of completion


Medical Preparedness & First Aid for Cruisers
With Lana Sorrell of DAN Medical Services

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$65

“Can you help me here?” is one of the most commonly asked questions from the new cruisers we meet. The reality of it is that emergencies in remote places can have dire consequences unless you’re sufficiently prepared. Join Lana Sorrell, paramedic at DAN Boater and former director of Medical Services for DAN, for an open discussion on boater safety resources and an approach to basic medical care, including case reviews that detail the initial steps in dealing with medical emergencies in remote locations. Certificate of completion

The Great Loop: How To Prepare, What To Expect
With Kim Russo & Veteran Loopers
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$130

Boaters who circumnavigate the East Coast of U.S., using the Hudson River, Erie Canal, Great Lakes, Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway are called “Loopers” for having completed “The Great Loop.” Kim Russo, executive director of the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, will give a detailed briefing with plenty of time to answer questions. She will also address which boats are most suitable and how to budget.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 27


Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines, Day 2.
With Nigel Calder & Steve Zimmerman
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Continued from Tuesday)

Boat Handling Illustrated
With Bob Sweet
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$130
(Prerequisite for Boat Handling on the Water)

This course, combined with “Boat Handling on the Water” will develop skills in close quarters maneuvering and docking, not to mention the confidence gained from having been taught by some of the very best instructors in the business. Bob Sweet is the author of several marine titles including Powerboat Handling Illustrated and The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation and Seamanship. Wednesday morning is all class time followed by six on-the-water sessions (SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED). The certificate of completion awarded to attendees may help save some money on their boat insurance.


Admirals Roundtable (All-women panel takes questions from all-female audience.) With Captain Priscilla Travis, Kathy Nash, Captain Alyse Caldwell & Becky Fickett

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
$65
A standing joke in the cruising community goes like this: He may be the captain, but she is the admiral, because if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Or something like that. Besides the obvious, that Alyse Caldwell, Becky Fickett and the rest of the panel are all female, there is more to it. All have cruised but with distinctly different experiences. This seminar is for women who think they may want to go cruising or who have only recently entered into the cruising lifestyle and have a wide range of questions best answered by other women, and, alas, without any men in the room.


Cruising Hidden Florida
With Ken & Becky Fickett & Peter Swanson
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

Learn about an around-Florida adventure that involves circumnavigating the lower part of the state via the Okeechobee Waterway and Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. Boatbuilder, Florida native and all-around raconteur, Ken Fickett take you on a journey that encompasses many of Florida’s remaining wild and eccentric places. He will be joined Peter Swanson of TrawlerFest, who lives and cruises on Florida’s St. John’s River and calls it a “Time machine that takes you to Old Florida.”


Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway
With Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
$65

Heading south for the winter? This seminar will get you where you want to go. Captains Chris & Alyse Caldwell can help you plot your course along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from the Chesapeake Bay through mile marker zero in Norfolk, Va., all the way to the Florida Keys. Learn a few tips to keep you in the deeper channel and off the sandbars from experienced cruisers who traveled the route in many different size trawlers- with as deep as a 7 foot draft. There are details to explore such as tide, currents and drawbridges that are specific to cruising the Atlantic coast. Here’s a peek at where you may travel when it’s your turn to live the dream.

Happy Hookers: The Art of Anchoring
With Captains Chris & Alyse Caldwell
3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
$65

Are you worried about your anchor dragging or have you heard anchor horror stories from your boating buddies? Captain Chris Caldwell will have a hands-on demonstration to put your mind at ease. Learn about which anchors are right for the sea floor conditions and why. Different types of anchors, how much scope and when you may select chain vs. rope are some topics we’ll explore. Join this interactive presentation and we promise you won’t have to clean mud off the deck.


Boat Handling on the Water, Session 1
With Capt. Bill Boyer
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
$130 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.))

Bill Boyer, who sells new and used Nordic Tugs for a living, has been a certified US Powerboat instructor since 2010, teaching three-day and six-day courses in powerboat operation. His boating career started in small sailboats at a camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and continues to this day on the Chesapeake Bay with sailboats and Nordic Tugs. Certificate of completion


Boat Handling on the Water, Session 2
With Capt. Bill Boyer
3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
$130 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.))
Certificate of completion

To view the schedule larger, please click here.  

To view the schedule larger, please click here.  


THURSDAY, SEPT. 28


Boat Handling on the Water, Session 3
With Capt. Bill Boyer
8-10 a.m.
$130 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.)

Boat Buyer's Survival Guide, Day 1 (Physics & Psychology)
With Steve Zimmerman & Ken Fickett 
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$260
(Continues Friday)

Even when it goes well, buying a boat can be a stressful process. The idea behind this eight-hour seminar is to arm buyers with the information they need to minimize frustration and unnecessary expense. There are six “team teach” instructors, with individual presentations and a group panel session at the end of the second morning. The theme of the first morning is “nuts & bolts,” leading off with the first decision a prospective buyer of a cruising boat must make. That is, what kind of cruiser you plan to be and therefore which hull design, because, as boatbuilder Steve Zimmerman will argue, hull form matters. Then boatbuilder Ken Fickett will explain fiberglass boat construction, coring and how to discern between good and bad. Steve than dons his surveyor cap and discusses how to choose the right surveyor and his or her proper role.

The theme on morning two is “the fine print,” and it begins with yacht broker Vin Petrella on how to choose the right yacht broker and the elements of a good sales contract. Insurance veteran Cary Wiener follows with a behind-the-scenes look at marine insurance and the elements of a good cruising policy. Topics will include navigation territories, coverages, claims liability coverages, international medical coverage, north/south restrictions, named windstorm deductibles and the differences between the agreed value and actual cash value policies. Maritime Attorney Todd Lochner then cautions buyers on the intricacies of local tax laws for East Coast cruisers.

Each morning ends with the panelists answering audience questions, and, as has sometimes happened in the past, disagreeing.


Dinghy Dynamics
With Capt. Chris Caldwell
8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
$65

Cruising is no fun without a good dinghy and outboard, yet the choice of dinghy is too often an afterthought and without a working knowledge of how to fix them, life with outboard motors can be a pain in the neck. Longtime live aboard and trainer, Chris Caldwell shares tricks and tips and briefs attendees on the pros and cons of different dinghy types, maintenance and troubleshooting. He will be joined by a Chesapeake Bay technician, who will disassemble, clean and reassemble a carburetor in real time for the class.

Guns & Governments: Local Laws on the East Coast & Down Island
With attorneys Todd Lochner, Greg Singer & Steve Ross
8:30 a.m.-10:30 am.
$65

First of all, let us say what this seminar is not about. It’s not about advocating for or opposing guns aboard cruising boats. This seminar is for the coastal cruiser who has already decided to carry guns or is leaning toward that decision. The fact is anyone who cruises the East Coast between Canada and the Caribbean will pass through multiple jurisdictions whose gun laws vary wildly. What is legal in Georgia might very well result in serious legal consequences in Massachusetts or Puerto Rico. This seminar identifies the places that can cause problems for even the most conscientious armed cruiser. Presenters Todd Lochner and Greg Singer, who practice law in Annapolis, specialize in maritime law. Attendees will receive a bridge card-style hand-out, which breaks down the differences in laws in an easy to understand format. As a bonus, combat veteran and security expert Steve Ross will provide an overview of non-lethal ammunition and other alternatives.


Building a New Boat: Easy as A, B, C
With Larry Polster
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
$65

Learn what to expect from contract to commissioning. Larry Polster, Vice President of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, who is also nearing the end of his own new build with his wife, will share his experience being the customer. What questions should you ask? Where do you find plumbing fixtures and fabrics for a boat? How soon should you think about electronics? This seminar is for both of you.


Bi-Coastal Cruising Via the Panama Canal
With Capt. Devin Zwick
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

Devin Zwick is a hard charging delivery skipper for Nordhavn, and he’s been up and down the East and West coasts more times than he can count. What’s more, Zwick has just recently completed another transit of the Panama Canal. Zwick will share the tips, tricks and strategies to make passages south and west as safe, comfortable and as much fun as possible.


Virtues of Simplicity
With Capt. John Clayman
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

Everyone touts the virtues of simplicity, but nowadays this idea is rarely achieved. 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. As president at Seaton, Clayman wrestles with the conundrum of complexity versus simplicity on a regular basis. This talk follows the debate down through the decades from Beebe’s design of the original Passagemaker to the trawlers of today. If you are considering buying a new boat or refitting your old one, this is the seminar to develop a healthy mindset and maybe even save a few bucks.


Survival at Sea
With Capt. Bob Arrington, Ben Sprague & Brian Kinsella
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
$130

Forget anything you may have seen in Robert Redford’s movie “Lost.” Surviving a crisis at sea happens because of preparation, the right gear, seamanship skills and a good attitude. Among the topics that trainer Bob Arrington and Nordhavn yacht broker Ben Sprague will discuss are: heaving to, storm anchors, drogues, ditch bags and communicating with rescuers. Brian Kinsella of Viking Liferafts will focus on liferafts, one of which will be deployed during class. Sprague brings his own unique insight. When he and fellow crewmembers tried to abandon ship during an Atlantic Ocean passage in 1978, their liferaft blew away. They spent days in a dinghy until rescued by a Cuban freighter. For à la carte attendees, this seminar pairs well with “First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea.” Certificate of completion.

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 4
With Capt. Bill Boyer
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
$130 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.)
Certificate of completion

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29


Boat Handling on the Water, Session 5
With Capt. Bill Boyer
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
$130 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.)
Certificate of completion

Boat Buyers Survival Guide, Day 2 (The Fine Print)
With Vince Petrella, attorney Cary Wiener & attorney Todd Lochner
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(Continued from Thursday.)

Safety & Navigation With Radar & Chartplotters
With Bob Sweet & Eric Kunz
8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
$130

Marine author/illustrator Bob Sweet and Furuno Senior Product Manager Eric Kunz will discuss the recent and rapid rise of solid-state multi-frequency radar and the demise of pulse technology originally developed during the Battle of Britain, and what this means for today’s radar consumers and operators. They will share navigation techniques and how to get the most from today’s modern multi-function displays, regardless of brand. Do we still need to carry paper charts? Certificate of completion.

What To Look For Before You Call a Surveyor
TBA
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
$65

So, you want to buy a boat?Learn what you should look for before making an offer and hiring a marine surveyor. A dream of the perfect cruising boat can be crushed when its surveyed, but some of those deal-killers could have been detected early were it not for the fact that buying a boat is rarely a rational decision; we are often lead by our hearts. Our presenter will explain the ways in which buyers can slow down and take a look at the boat with the rose-colored glasses off. He will cover how to inspect hoses, valves, wiring mistakes, and signs of structural damage. There will be many photos of examples of what to look for. Attendees will be given a check list to follow for their inspection.

Dial-In Your Trawler
With Jeff Merrill
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
$65

Over the years and through his experiences on hundreds of trawlers, yacht broker Jeff Merrill has amassed a collection of “good ideas” and “best practices” that trawler owners are using to better monitor their vessels. These simple and effective techniques apply to most power cruising boats. Tricks of the trade and helpful reminders will help take some of the guesswork out of tracking 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. Merrill 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.

Weather for Cruisers, Day 1
With Chris Parker
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$130
(
Continues Saturday)

Like most our presenters, weatherman Chris Parker spent years cruising down island. Parker’s lively and informative seminar is aimed at any one who wants the knowledge to make their own passage decisions with whatever information is available, including GRIB patterns and various forecast delivery services. 


Cruisers Perspectives: A Town Hall Meeting
With Bruce Kessler, Andrea Gaines, Jeff Merrill, Steve Zimmerman, Chris Parker, John Clayman, and Devin Zwick 
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
$65

This is a chance for cruisers at every level of experience to hear from a wide variety of veteran mariners, all of come at cruising and passagemaking from somewhat different perspectives.


Boat Handling on the Water, Session 6
With Capt. Bill Boyer
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
$130 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.)
Certificate of completion

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30


Care & Maintenance of the Cruising Powerboat
With Steve Zimmerman
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$130

From keel to cabin top and seacocks to sealants, this class will provide in depth instruction on how to maintain your boat.
· Hauling
· Bottom paints
· Blister repairs
· Inspecting and maintaining underwater hardware
· Preventing damage to cored hulls and decks
· Gelcoat maintenance
· Installing and rebidding deck hardware
· Coating options for exterior wood
· Teak deck maintenance
· Annual maintenance tasks

Bahamas & Cuba Revisited
With panel of experts
8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
$130

Addison Chan is a veteran Canadian cruiser and founder of the Facebook public group Cuba, Land And Sea, an excellent clearinghouse of up-to-date information about cruising Cuba and shoreside amenities. Chan also contributes to the latest Waterway Guide on Cuba and he has recently completed a "Cuba-Bahamas Loop." He will be joined on the panel by Peter Swanson of AIM Marine and maritime attorneys Todd Lochner and Greg Singer to brief attendees on the current state of U.S. law under the Trump administration.

Secrets of the Chesapeake
With Gary Reich
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m
$65

With almost 12,000 miles of shoreline and covering nearly 4,500 square miles, Chesapeake Bay is a cruiser’s wonderland. It’s so big, in fact, that boaters are often intimidated when they try to plan Bay cruising itinerary that fits their time schedule. Others worry about what to see and do in and around the Bay.

A lifelong Bay cruiser, angler, and local fresh seafood aficionado, Gary Reich has 40 years of experience in exploring the Chesapeake’s multitude of tributaries, as well as the many ports of call along the way.

In this presentation, Reich will discuss the best way to go about planning a Bay cruise so that you get the most out of your time on this spectacular estuary. He’ll not only cover the well-known and popular spots to visit, but will also talk about some beautiful places that are more off-the-grid, so to say. Popular Bay pastimes that cruisers can enjoy, such as crabbing and fishing, will be discussed, as will where you can find the best local dining scenes.

What Boaters Need To Know About AIS
With Jim Heckman of U.S. Power Squadrons
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
$65

The Automatic Identification System, now available to recreational boaters, offers another tool to avoid collisions and commercial vessels. The system identifies nearby ships and other vessels with AIS transmitters. Anyone can see the ship's name, course, speed, and other ship's data. This seminar will introduce you to the information available from this tool and how to use it for safe navigation. Heckman a long time sailor who has enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, having not only cruised to many of its beautiful ports but participated in many races on the bay. Highlighting his time on the water were three sailboat trips to Bermuda, serving as navigator. He has pursued an interest in the education of boaters by teaching many courses for the United States Power Squadrons including courses in coastal navigation and celestial navigation. Certificate of completion

Troubleshooting Electronics (as Opposed to your Electrical System)
With Eric Kunz
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

First of all, we said “electronics” not “electrical.” This new seminar will prove that when marine electronics fail there are remedies available to a boater other than surrender and a telephone call to the technician. Eric Kunz, senior product manager for Furuno, takes a non-partisan look at how to troubleshoot hardware, systems and NMEA 0183 and 2000 networks using a meter and common sense. As a teaching aid Kunz will bring to class a networked system in miniature to play with. This is one of those seminars that can end up saving you more than the price of admission. Certificate of completion

Weather for Cruisers, Day 2
With Chris Parker
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(Continued from Friday)

Offshore Essentials
With Jeff Merrill
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
$130

Traveling between ports requires understanding and knowledge of some fundamental skills to ensure a safe trip. This three hour course is designed to be both an introduction and a refresher for owner operators and their crew. Yacht broker and all-around boat guy, Jeff Merrill will cover basics of weather forecasting, route planning, watch standing, engine room checks, pilothouse navigation/electronics operations, and much more. If you are interested in transiting between sea ports for overnight passages on your trawler this course will review the essential preparations required. Merrill has logged more than 14,000 miles offshore on trawlers and has spent the majority of that time training with clients on systems teaching them how to manage and operate their boats. His talk includes photos and illustrations and examples of checklists.

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