Stuart, FL 2018

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TrawlerFest returns to Stuart, Florida in 2018. 

Seminar Registration & Ticket Sales Open Now

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW:

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 – SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018
Show open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday

BOATS ON DISPLAY

Burr Yachts - Fleming 55, Beneteau Swift Trawler 44

Denison Yachting - Beneteau ST30, Beneteau ST44, Beneteau ST50, Nordic Tug 42

Fraser Yachts - Krogen Express 52

Hampton Yacht Group of Florida - Hampton 650

Intermarine  - Jenneau NC 895 28, Jenneau NC 11 36, Jenneau/Prestige 50

Kadey Krogen Yachts - Krogen 58 EB, Krogen 48 AE, (2) Krogen 44 AE, Krogen 50 Open, (2) Krogen 52, Krogen 48 Whaleback

Krogen Express Yachts - Krogen Express 52

Nautical Ventures - Ranger Tug 31, Ranger Tug 29

Nordhavn - Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot

North Pacific Yachts - North Pacific 49 Pilothouse

Northern Marine - Northern Marine 57 

Performance Yacht Sales - Bavaria E40 Sedan, Bavaria E34 Sedan

Pocket Yacht Company - Cutwater 30

SYS Yacht Sales - Minorcan Islander 42

YachtTech - Nordhavn 43, Nordhavn 35

Land Exhibitors

ASSOCIATIONS

INSURANCE

SOFTWARE

Marine Trawler Owners Association

C & L Insurance

Snag-A-Slip

BIKES

NBOA Marine Insurance

Wheelhouse Technologies

Focus LLC

Pantaenius Yacht Insurance

BOAT BUILDER/MANUFACTURING

Total Dollar Insurance

STABILIZERS

Kooldjak Marine

MARINE ELECTRIC

Gyro-Gale Stabilizers

Trinity Marine Electric

STORAGE

EDUCATION/SAFETY

MARINE SERVICES

River Forest Yachting Centers

DAN Boater

Capt. Chris Marine Services

TENDERS

FINANCE

Whiticar Boat Works

Rigid Boats/Frigid Rigid

Seacoast Marine Finance

Zimmerman Marine

Freedom Lift Tender Lift Systems

Sterling Associates

MARINE TECHNOLOGY

YACHT BROKERAGE & SALES

GENERATORS

Airmar

Massey Yacht Sales

  Northern Lights  

Martek of Palm Beach

Sparkmen & Stephens

  Technicold  

NAVIGATION

Ocean Grafix

TICKETS: General Admission is $15 in advance, $18 onsite. Seminar tickets include General Admission to the boat show on the day of the seminar.

FREE ONSITE PARKING

LOCATION:
HUTCHINSON ISLAND MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT & MARINA
555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996

QUESTIONS? Contact us at trawlerfest@passagemaker.com or (954) 761-7073

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION:
If you wish to become an exhibitor and display your boat for sale at TrawlerFest, please contact Ryan Davidson at (954) 328-7573 or rdavidson@aimmedia.com

Download Land Exhibitor Application

Download Water Exhibitor Application 

HOTEL

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina 

SEMINARS:
TUESDAY, MARCH 6 – SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018
All seminars will be held onsite at the Riverside Conference Center. Seminar registration will be on the floor of the seminar rooms. A map of the Marriott is available here. Free onsite parking available.

BUY TICKETS HERE

General admission is included for the day of the boat show with all seminar purchases. If you are attending a seminar on Tuesday or Wednesday, please reference that seminar and bring your name badge for general admission to the show.

TUESDAY, March 6th

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

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.” Adolf Ellert is the top technician for Shearwater Marine of Stuart Florida, a division of Whiticar Boatworks and TrawlerFest partner. 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 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.

Medical Preparedness and First Aid for Boaters
With DAN Medical Services
8:30-noon
$130

“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 Daniel Nord, 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.

The Great Loop: How to Prepare, What to Expect
With Kim Russo & veteran loopers.
1-4 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, March 7

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.-noon
$130

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 in the afternoon and on Thursday and Friday. (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.)
8:30-10:30 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, Alexandra Bruce & Kim Kalisik 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.

Dinghy Dynamics
With Capt. Chris Caldwell
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.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 Martin Milley of M&M Marine Services of Fort Pierce, who will disassemble, clean and reassemble a carburetor in real time for the class.

Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway
With Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell
1p.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
3:15-5:15 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. Bob Arrington
1-3 p.m.
$130
All sessions cover the same material.
(Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons)
Certificate of completion

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 2
With Capt. Bob Arrington
3:30-5:30 p.m.
$130
(Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons)
Certificate of completion

THURSDAY, March 8

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 3
With Capt. Bob Arrington
8-10 a.m.
$130
(Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons)
Certificate of completion

Boat Buyer's Survival Guide, Day 1 (Physics & Psychology)
With Lou Codega, Ken Fickett, Dylan Bailey, Vin Petrella, Cary Wiener & Todd Lochner.
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 naval architect Lou Codega will argue, hull form matters. Then boatbuilder Ken Fickett will explain fiberglass boat construction, coring and how to discern between good and bad. Metal boat builder Dylan Bailey explains metal boat construction and its advantages and disadvantages, and addresses custom boat building in general. Then, Bailey 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.

Cruising Hidden Florida
With Ken & Becky Fickett & Peter Swanson
8:30-10:30 a.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 takes 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 Dry Tortugas
With Kim & Randy Kalisik
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

The Dry Tortugas National park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to a history of sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water wrecks and fantastic star gazing. Learn about cruising to the Dry Tortugas by trawler and exploring all the wonders it has to offer, including: beautiful beaches, crystal clear water for snorkeling and diving, local wildlife and a fort that is rich in history. The Kalisik's will take you on a guided tour of cruising to the Dry Tortugas and exploring their favorite cruising destination. They’ll discuss considerations such as provisioning (you must bring everything you need with you), isolation (no cell or Wi-Fi service), weather, anchoring as well as exploring the islands and reefs by snorkeling and diving.

Survival Lessons from Sea Disasters
With Michael Tougias 

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

We have all heard amazing stories of survival that rendered us awestruck. But too often, we don't realize that there is a wealth of information to learn from people who make it to the other side of life's most daunting challenges. New York Times Bestselling author Michael Tougias has conducted extensive research involving people who have survived sea disasters and obstacles that most of us shudder to think about. He shares what he has learned about decision-making under pressure from researching his four national bestsellers: “Overboard!,” “Ten Hours Until Dawn,” “Fatal Forecast,” “A Storm Too Soon” and “The Finest Hours.” Walt Disney Pictures has released the movie version of “The Finest Hours” to the big screen. Tougias demonstrates how survivors channeled and managed their energy into proactive life-saving decisions. Practical lessons to avoid mistakes while boating are mixed with inspirational tips for handling adversity. 

Guns & Governments: Local Laws on the East Coast & Down Island
With attorneys Todd Lochner and Greg Singer
8:30-10:30 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 are Annapolis attorneys, specializing in maritime law. Mariner and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Steve Ross provides some self-defense insights. Attendees will receive a bridge card-style hand-out, which breaks down the differences in laws in an easy to understand forma

Survival at Sea
With Capt. Bob Arrington & Brian Kinsella
1-4:30 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 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. 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. Bob Arrington
4-6 p.m.
$130
(Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons)
Certificate of completion

FRIDAY, March 9

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 5.
With Capt. Bob Arrington
8-10 a.m.
$130
(Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons)
Certificate of completion

Boat Buyers Survival Guide, Day 2 (The Fine Print)
With Vince Petrella & 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.-noon
$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
With Dylan Bailey
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

So, you want to buy a boat? Boatbuilder, cruiser and ace-surveyor Dylan Bailey explains 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. Bailey explains 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.

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

Like most of our presenters, weatherman Chris Parker spent years cruising down island. Parker’s lively and informative seminar is aimed at anyone who wants the knowledge to make their own passage decisions with whatever information is available, including GRIB patterns and various forecast delivery services. For à la carte participants, this seminar pairs well with “Bermuda, the Caribbean and Beyond.” Certificate of completion.

Cruisers Roundtable: A Town Hall Meeting
With Bruce Kessler, Steve Zimmerman, Andrea Gaines, Eric Kunz, Chris Parker, John Clayman and Dylan Bailey. Moderated by Jeff Merrill, CPYB.
2-4 p.m.
$65

In this “town hall” event, our panel of veteran cruisers will field audience questions on a wide-range of topics, sea stories always resulting. Circumnavigator Bruce Kessler can discuss what it’s like to spend months and months treading blue water. Capt. Andrea Gaines has a lifetime of boating experience in which she has accumulated tens of thousands of nautical miles in fair and foul weather. Jeff Merrill, the moderator, is a yacht broker, author and trawler specialist with thousands of cruising miles with clients. Surveyor Dylan Bailey is a veteran cruiser who learned to build boats with his father. John Clayman is a prominent East Coast yacht broker, cruiser, racer and all around boat guy. Steve Zimmerman can discuss repairs and boatyards from the point of view of both a cruiser and boatyard owner.

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

SATURDAY, March 10

Full Displacement: The Serious Choice for Comfortable Cruising
With Larry Polster
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
$65

Full-displacement, semi-displacement, planing or multi-hull—with four main hull forms and so many different trawler-style boats available today, boat buyers need clarity. Polster explains the advantages of a full-displacement vessel and argues that this hull is the best option for "comfortable cruising." Whether you plan to do the Great Loop, cruise the Bahamas, Caribbean or the world, this seminar is for you. A lifelong boater with more than 45 years on the water in a variety of vessels, Polster will share his personal experiences on vessels from 30 to 60 feet, including his recent experience on his new Krogen 50 Open.

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

Great Loop Boats for Bluewater, Too
With Capt. John Clayman
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

Would-be cruisers often ask, “What do I need to look for in a boat for The Great Loop,” as if maybe they didn’t intent to cruise anywhere else. And maybe some do not. The Loop is a magnificent adventure, usually with land to starboard and port, but there are plenty of boats that do a great job on inland waters that can also go offshore and even cross an ocean. The Great Loop is a magnificent adventure in and of itself, but there are affordable boats that can do both the Erie Canal and the Atlantic Ocean in comfort and safety. John Clayman, president of Seaton Yachts with tens of thousands of ocean miles under his belt, will review the particular requirements for Great Looping and for more strenuous cruising. He will provide examples of dual-purpose vessels for every budget. Donning his yacht broker cap, Clayman will also discuss how to find and purchase the best boat for your needs. There will be ample time to respond to questions about design, construction, surveys and the purchase process.

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

Water World
With Capt. Bob Arrington
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

It’s about the water in your boat, not the water your boat is in! Fresh water, soft water, salt water, reverse osmosis water, deionized water - what do we do with all of these types of water in our boat? Managing and keeping a boats water system in a healthy condition can be a challenge. Spend two hours with Bob Arrington as he breaks down the chemistry in different types of water and how to keep your water tanks fresh and usable all the times. Bob will review different types of water softeners available and the benefits of using them in your fresh water tank. Choices for on-board water filtration systems will be discussed. There will be an in-depth review of reverse osmosis (RO) water makers, how to select, size and maintain one. Learn the benefits of having deionized water on board and how it can help maintain your boat

Dial-In Your Trawler
With Jeff Merrill, CPYB
10:45 a.m. -12:30 p.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.

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

Traveling between ports requires understanding and knowledge of some fundamental skills to ensure a safe trip. This two-morning 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.

SUNDAY, March 11

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

From keel to cabin top and seacocks to sealants, this class will provide in depth instruction on how to maintain your boat. This seminar will cover hauling, bottom paints, blister repairs, inspecting and maintaining underwater hardware, preventing damage to cored hulls and decks, gelcoat maintenance, installing and re-bedding deck hardware, coating options for exterior wood, teak deck maintenance and annual maintenance tasks.

Solar Energy: The Time Has Come
With John Petrie
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

Solar system designer John Petrie discusses the advantages of auxiliary solar power for cruising vessels. He will provide advice on how to size your solar bank, differences in types and brands of panel, installation considerations and maintenance. He will also share a little-known fact—the federal government will help pay for your installation. $65.

The Bahamas & Cuba: Cruising Grounds Compared
With Don & Denise Bermant
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

After four years of trying, Fleming 65 Blue Pearl became the first US flagged recreational vessel to be granted permission from the US government to stay in Cuba for an extended stay. Don and Denise Bermant will discuss how they got their permission, what they learned in 60 days of cruising, and what wonders they discovered in their explorations. They will compare their experiences in Cuba to those they have enjoyed in extensive cruising the out islands of the Bahamas – adjacent island nations, separated not just by water, but geography, language, culture and history.

Cambridge, Mass. To Cambridge Cay
With Christopher and Alexandra Bruce
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

In 2015 Alexandra & Christopher Bruce set along a path that took them from full time careers in the New Hampshire/Boston area to full time cruising. They are currently living and cruising full-time on their Kadey Krogen 44AE they purchased in 2015. Searching for the right boat took some time but they found their ideal boat and moved aboard with Mr. Anderson the cat and set out for an adventure. Once the boat was delivered the learning began. Learning maintenance, docking, anchoring, marine weather forecast, navigation, and living aboard a home that moves all the time, was challenging but so rewarding. Some of the lessons were learned the hard way and those you don’t forget so easily, such as entering an inlet with current opposed to the wind. Others you gently stumble upon like the quiet secluded coves in Maine. We are having the time of our life and see no end in sight, only new horizons to explore. Topics include: finding a boat, managing work and cruising, heading south, weather, New York City, overnight runs, the Intracoastal Waterway, inlets, hauling out, provisioning, cruising the Bahamas and cruising Maine.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Free onsite parking is available for all attendees

Palm Beach International - PBI
Hotel direction: 38 miles North

Driving directions:
Depart Turnage Blvd toward Australian Ave. Keep right onto road. Take ramp left for I-95 North toward W Palm Beach. Take ramp right for SR-76 East toward Stuart. Turn right onto SR-714 / SE Monterey Rd. Turn right onto SR-A1A / SE Ocean Blvd. Airport shuttle service, with a reservation, is available for $75 one way.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
- FLL
Hotel direction: 80 miles North

Driving directions:
Take ramp right for US-1 South toward Dania Beach / Hollywood. Bear right onto SR-818 West / Griffin Rd. Take ramp right for I-95 North toward W Palm Beach. Take ramp right for SR-76 East toward Stuart. Turn right SR-714 / SE Monterey Rd. Turn right onto SR-A1A / SE Ocean Blvd.

Orlando International Airport - MCO
Hotel direction: 120 miles South

Driving directions:
Merge onto FL-417 Toll South. Take exit 12 for Florida’s Turnpike South, toward Miami. From Florida Turnpike, take exit 133 toward FL-714/Stuart. Continue onto Martin Downs Boulevard. Continue onto FL-714 E/SW Monterey Rd. Turn right onto SR-A1A / SE Ocean Blvd.

TICKETS & VIP

6 DAY VIP Package
$499
Includes:
- General Admission to all Four (4) days of TrawlerFest’s In-Water Boat Show (Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.)
- Unlimited access to seminars (Tuesday-Sunday) (Diesel Engine Course and Boat Handling Hands On is NOT available as part of the VIP package)
- Entry for one (1) to Thursday’s Dinner, Raffle & Trivia Night 
- Entry for one (1) to Friday’s Trawlers At Twilight Cocktail Party 
Value: $1,100 

4 DAY VIP Package
$399
Includes:
- General Admission to all Four (4) days of TrawlerFest’s In-Water Boat Show (Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.)
- Unlimited access to seminars starting Thursday (Thursday-Sunday) (Diesel Engine course
and Boat Handling Hands On is NOT available as part of the VIP package) 
- Entry for one (1) to Thursday’s Dinner, Raffle & Trivia Night 
- Entry for one (1) to Friday’s Trawlers At Twilight Cocktail Party 
Value: $680 

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