Boat Show and Seminars at Harbor East Marina, Sept. 25-29, 2018

TrawlerFest's return to the city coincides with the completion of renovations at Harbor East Marina.

SEMINARS: Tuesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 29
IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: Thursday, September 27 – Saturday, September 29
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

HARBOR EAST MARINA
40 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 625-1700 

TICKETS

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW
General Admission: $15 in advance, $18 onsite
Available for Thursday – Saturday, valid one day only
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kids up to age 16 enter for FREE!
Seminar participants enter in-water boat show free on day of seminar 

QUESTIONS? Contact Jennifer at jdudas@aimmedia.com or (954) 761-7073

Interested in being an Exhibitor or Sponsor? Contact Ryan Davidson (954) 328-7573 or rdavidson@aimmedia.com

HOTELS 
Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor
1000 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Group code: TLFC
443-923-4000

Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor
625 S President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-234-0065

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SEMINARS

Seminar participants enter in-water boat show free on day of seminar.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines
With Nigel Calder, Steve Zimmerman
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Day 1 of 2, continues Wednesday)
$495. (Limit: 36.
**Not included in VIP Pass**

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 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.

Practical Marine Weather
With Chris Parker
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Day 1 of an 11-hour course, continues Wednesday.)
**Not included in VIP pass**
$360

Weather router Chris Parker’s goal is to teach attendees the basics of what drives weather in the marine environment and how to predict it. He begins by answering the question of why weather happens (energy equalization), which in turn drives Trade Winds and other familiar large-scale weather. He also explains basic concepts including the sea-breeze convection cycle, how a barometer is a scale and weighs the atmosphere above it, why moist air is lighter than and has more energy than dry air, why pressure systems spin, and the principles of air molecules moving toward or away from each other.

After the basics, Parker explores air mass and synoptic-scale weather (high and low-pressure systems, etc.). Then we put synoptic scale weather into 3-D by detailing how upper-air weather events influence weather at the surface. And 4-D weather—how all this plays out over time.

He details the mechanisms and importance of moisture and how its potential energy fuels thunderstorms and other severe weather.

A cruising boater can't understand and predict weather without grasping small-scale influences, and Parker shares some of his forecasting secrets honed over 15 years of predicting marine weather. Like most our presenters, weatherman Chris Parker spent years cruising down island.

Waves—did we mention waves? Parker discusses seas, including how seas are generated, how they propagate, phase, and discharge their energy.

Boaters today have an overwhelming choice of weather forecast products from which to choose. This course examines how computer-generated forecasts are created, and suggest their strengths and weaknesses, how to use them and how not to use them. Parker will discuss other types of forecast products, and how computer-generated forecasts should fit into your arsenal of forecasting tools.

The final module brings it all together, detailing what a weather routing professional considers when generating a forecast and optimal routing solution for a specific vessel. Then the class is tested, asked to consider a mock forecast in a couple realistic scenarios and then provide routing recommendations, using some of the forecasting tools discussed earlier in the course. Certificate of completion issued.

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 Dr. Jim Chimiak, DAN medical director, 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. Chimiak is an Annapolis graduate, an avid coastal boater, has a great deal of marine medicine experience and a practicing surgeon.  

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, SEPTEMBER 26th

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

Boat Handling Illustrated
With Bob Sweet
8:30 a.m.-noon
$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 in the afternoon and on Thursday and Friday. (SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED - SEE BELOW).    

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.

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 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 is a “Time machine that takes you to Old Florida.”

Practical Marine Weather
With Chris Parker
1-5 p.m.
(Day 2, continued from Tuesday)

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 1
1-3 p.m.
$130
Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated 
Not included in VIP Pass.
Class limit: 4 persons
This on-water seminar shows attendees how to put into practice what they learned in Boat Handling Illustrated, a prerequisite for the class.

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 2
3:30-5:30 p.m.
$130
Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated 
Not included in VIP Pass.
Class limit: 4 persons  
This on-water seminar shows attendees how to put into practice what they learned in Boat Handling Illustrated, a prerequisite for the class.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 3
8-10 a.m.
$130
Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated 
Not included in VIP Pass.
Class limit: 4 persons  
This on-water seminar shows attendees how to put into practice what they learned in Boat Handling Illustrated, a prerequisite for the class.

Boat Buyer's Survival Guide
With Steve Zimmerman, Ken Fickett, Cary Wiener, Vin Petrella & Dylan Bailey
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$260
(Day 1 of 2, 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 each morning.

On Day One, the seminar leads 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. 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.

On Day Two, metal boat builder Dylan Bailey explains metal boat construction and its advantages and disadvantages, and he 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. Vin Petrella, executive direction of the Association of Yacht Sales Professionals, will discuss how to choose the right yacht broker and the elements of a good sales contract. Maritime Attorney Todd Lochner then cautions buyers on the intricacies of local tax laws for East Coast cruisers   

Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway
With captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell 
8:30-10:30 a.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.

Guns & Governments: Local Laws on the East Coast & Down Island
With attorneys Todd Lochner, Greg Singer & Steve Ross
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 format.

Great Loop Boats, Great for Bluewater, Too
With Capt. John Clayman
10:45 a.m - 12:30 p.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.

Happy Hookers: The Art of Anchoring
With captains Chris & Alyse Caldwell
10:45 a.m.-12:30 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. 

Safety & Navigation with Radar, Chartplotters & AIS
With Bob Sweet & Eric Kunz
1-4:30 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 discuss the latest uses for AIS technology. 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?   

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 4.
4-6 p.m.
$130
Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. 
Not included in VIP Pass. 
Class limit: 4 persons
This on-water seminar shows attendees how to put into practice what they learned in Boat Handling Illustrated, a prerequisite for the class.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 5.
8 -10 a.m.
$130
Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.
Not included in VIP Pass.

Class limit: 4 persons  
This on-water seminar shows attendees how to put into practice what they learned in Boat Handling Illustrated, a prerequisite for the class.

Boat Buyers Survival Guide
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(Day 2, continued from Thursday.)

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.

Integrating Solar Panels & New Tech Batteries
With John Petrie
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

We’ve reached a tipping point with advances in solar technology coinciding with reliable lithium storage. 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 discuss lithium storage and integrating these new technologies with a vessel's existing generators and alternators. He will also share a little-known fact—the federal government will help pay for your installation.

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.    

Cruisers Perspectives: A Town Hall Meeting
With Bruce Kessler, Steve Zimmerman, Andrea Gaines, Eric Kunz, Chris Parker, John Clayman, Ken Fickett 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. Ken Fickett has been building boats since the 1970s and been all over the place in them. 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.
4 -6 p.m
$130
Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated.
Not included in VIP Pass.

Class limit: 4 persons   
This on-water seminar shows attendees how to put into practice what they learned in Boat Handling Illustrated, a prerequisite for the class.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th

Safety & Survival at Sea
With Mario Vittone & Michael Carr
8:30 a.m.-12:00 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. The instructors are the very best. Mario Vittone is a made-for-Hollywood American hero. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer, whose career choice lead him to become a national expert on immersion hypothermia, drowning, sea survival, and safety at sea. Vittone is a regular contributor to PassageMaker’s sister publication Soundings magazine. In 2007, he was named as the Coast Guard Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year. Joining Vittone is Michael Carr, a veteran boat handler and weather expert, who, after graduating from the Coast Guard Academy, served in the Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and Army. For à la carte attendees, this seminar pairs well with First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea.

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.   

Dial-In Your Trawler
With Jeff Merrill, CPYB
8:30-10:30 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.

Full Displacement: The Serious Choice for Comfortable Cruising
With Larry Polster
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$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. 

Cambridge, Mass. To Cambridge Cay
With Christopher and Alexandra Bruce
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.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 covered 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.

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.

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