TrawlerFest-Bay Bridge 2016

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. TrawlerFest is an experience you simply won’t want to miss!
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The Nation’s Premier Cruising Event Travels to the Upper Chesapeake!

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising under power enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFest showcases the nation’s best in-water display of cruising powerboats, first class boating courses and demonstrations, all the latest in marine products & services, and rendezvous-style evening events and activities!

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. TrawlerFest is an experience you simply won’t want to miss!

Seminar Dates: September 27 through October 1, 2016
Show Dates:
 September 29 through October 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bay Bridge Marina
357 Pier 1 Rd.
Stevensville, MD 21666


For information about TrawlerFest call our dedicated number (410)990-9086 ext 22 or email us at

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Want to Volunteer at TrawlerFest? We are looking for volunteers during the In-Water Show. Contact Megan at (410) 990-9086 x22 or if you are interested.

If you wish to become an Exhibitor and display your boat for sale at TrawlerFest, please contact Will Carlsen at (410) 990-9086 x25 or

TrawlerFest is a proud sponsor of CRAB (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating)

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Please consider adding $2 to your registration to support this great cause! Click here to learn more about CRAB.

General Admission: $15 pre-show, $18 onsite
Note: Purchase of a seminar ticket includes general admission to boat show for day of seminar.





Click the schedule below to enlarge and print to assist in choosing the seminars to attend

Bay Bridge Seminar Schedule (dragged)

Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines With Nigel Calder & Steve Zimmerman

Tuesday, Sept. 27 & Wednesday, Sept 28 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2 Day Seminar. Certificate of Completion.


*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’s status is such that when he makes an observation about engine performance, the engine manufacturers themselves pay attention. 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.

Couples Cruising (With Pets) With Chris & Alyse Caldwell

Tuesday, Sept. 27 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


From their first weekend adventures to living the dream aboard a 44-foot trawler, your eyes will be opened by Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell as they share their experiences cruising together– and still managing to like one another! To live and work together in a small boat– even 60 foot boats can seem small-couples will need to find your comfort zone and understand each persons role aboard. True, you can only have one Captain but if you both contribute different skill sets then you’ll have 100 percent teamwork. Bring your tablet or laptop and we can show you a few tricks for easy navigation and trip planning too! This presentation is a must for future cruisers who are wondering how it can be done.

Provisioning Tips from the Pros With Chris & Alyse Caldwell

Tuesday, Sept. 27 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Captains Chris & Alyse Caldwell share much more than your typical shopping list. These experienced cruisers will help you learn what you should bring along to prepare for your cruise away from home port. Consider everything from spare parts and tools to first aid and groceries and how to replenish these supplies while cruising. Then where do you store these items? We will explore what works in the real world of boating and what doesn’t. You just might rethink the way you’ve always done it.

Tying the Knots: Line Handling for Couples With Doug Dickinson

Tuesday, Sept. 27 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


As oft stated, cruising is a couple’s activity. Unlike the Navy, which leaves seamanship to the Bosun and crew; knowing the ropes is just one more job for mom and pop. Professional mariner and trainer Doug Dickinson will teach the class how to tie the basic knots and hitches that cruisers need, not just for routine maneuvers but in the event of emergencies. He will also cover the cooperative line handling for docking, anchoring and other events. This seminar is for boaters who want to “maintain an even strain,” literally and figuratively.

Navigation for Couples With Bob Sweet

Tuesday, Sept. 27 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Certificate of Completion


Are you truly confident that you always know where you are and how to get to your destination? Whether you’re new to navigation or just want to get up to speed with the latest technology, this mini-course is for you. Instructor Bob Sweet is a senior navigator and author of The Weekend Navigator, GPS for Mariners, Using GPS, Using GPS with Charts, and consultant to OceanGrafix. Sweet’s seminar is a comprehensive “quick start” guide to navigation. You’ll learn the essential skills from planning a cruise, through navigating it and checking along the way. You will learn how to use conventional charts with your electronics in a complementary way to ease your navigation tasks and ensure your safe arrival at your destination. You’ll also learn some neat tricks for adjusting your navigation along the way and making your task a lot easier. You will learn about tides and currents and how to adjust to them. This also is a great course for mates and crew who would like to share in the navigation.


Cruising the ICW With Chris & Alyse Caldwell

Wednesday, Sept. 28 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Ready to start Living the Dream? This seminar will whet your appetite for cruising. Captains Chris & Alyse can help you plot your course along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway all the way from mile marker zero in Norfolk VA 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.

KISS: The Virtues of a Simple Boat With John Clayman

Wednesday, Sept. 28 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


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.

Bahamas Bound With Sara & Monty Lewis

Wednesday, Sept. 28 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Attending this seminar is your first step. Sara & Monty Lewis are the authors of Explorer Chartbooks, indispensable guides for anyone wishing to take a boat to the Bahamas. The Lewises share decades of experience, advising attendees how to prepare themselves and their boats, how to provision and what to expect as they move from island to island. They will also talk about weather patterns and provide reassurances about security in the island nation.

Captains Log: My Way or the Hard Way With Doug Dickinson

Wednesday, Sept. 28 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


You know the type. He (or she) is an individual only capable of learning from their own mistakes. This seminar is not for them. This seminar, presented by a hard-nosed delivery skipper and trainer, is for people capable of learning from the mistakes of others. As Dickinson likes to say, “Good judgment comes from mistakes, most of which come from bad judgment.” Dickinson’s talk is a compilation of small details that can make the difference between safety and danger, convenience and frustration, pleasure and unpleasantness. Bring your questions.

Going to Cuba Legally and What You'll Find When You Get There With Peter Swanson

Wednesday, Sept. 28 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Cuba is waiting to become one of the greatest boating destinations in the world. Moreover it sits astride the cruising routes to everywhere else in the Caribbean, a convenience denied to U.S. boaters since the 1960s. Just back from Havana where he ran AIM Marine Rallies to Cuba program, Peter Swanson will help attendees navigate the regulatory waters of travel to Cuba and what you can expect to find once you arrive.

Photos Afloat: Making, Saving & Sharing Cruising Memories With Gary Reich

Wednesday, Sept. 28 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Going cruising is suppose to be the greatest adventure of our lives. Failing to document and share these adventures, given the new technology available, is a disservice to friends, family and posterity. Gary Reich has been providing articles and photographs for boating publications ever since working as an editor at Waterway Guide, and he has a raft of simple ideas for making your photography great. The seminar will also includes an overview of the online storage and sharing options and the advantages of social media, not the least of which is Facebook.

Boat Handling Theory With Bob Sweet

Wednesday, Sept. 28 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This course, combined with an on-the-water session (see THURSDAY) 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 is all class time, then on Thursday, the class breaks down into groups and goes out on the water to put what it has learned into practice (SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED). Attendees will receive a certificate of completion that in some cases may help save some money on their boat insurance.

*Thursday On The Water sessions are SOLD OUT. But additional sessions have been added on Friday & Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


The Great Loop With George & Pat Hospodar

Thursday, Sept. 29 & Friday, Sept. 30 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2 Morning Seminar


George and Pat Hospodar, active cruisers authors of Reflections on Americas Great Loop and The Great Loop Experience from Concept to Completion, will guide attendees through the important practical considerations that should be made before even undertaking this trip. These topics include: outfitting your boat, route planning, finances and insurance, health considerations, security, time frame and lifestyle factors, types of locks and lock safety, Canadian and U.S. clearance procedures. Bring your questions. BONUS: All seminar attendees will receive a free 1 year membership to the America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association (AGLCA). Information will be given out on Day 2 of the seminar.

Boat Buyer's Survival Guide With Jay Benford, Ken Fickett & Dylan Bailey

Thursday, Sept. 29 & Friday, Sept. 30 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2 Morning Seminar


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 what kind of hull design, because, as boat designer Jay Benford 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 Petralla 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.

The second morning ends with the panel from both days answering audience questions, and, as has sometimes happened in the past, disagreeing.

Getting the Most From Your Radar With Bob Sweet

Thursday, Sept. 29 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


For marine radar, World War II is over…finally. Marine author and trainer Bob Sweet 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. Sweet will share the theory and practical tips that participants can use to get the most from their radars. Now is truly the time for a radar seminar. Certificate of completion.

Bluewater Cruising With Jeff Merrill

Thursday, Sept. 29 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


This seminar is designed for skippers and crew wanting to make offshore passages to reach distant ports; it’s designed to be both an introduction and a refresher. Jeff Merrill, who has logged more than 15,000 sea miles, much of it training clients, will discuss the essential preparations and fundamental skills. Topics will include weather considerations, route planning, watch standing, engine room checks, navigation/electronics operations, and more. The goal is to help make sure you and your trawler are ready before you depart, knowing what to expect under way and understanding what it is really like to operate your trawler at sea. Many helpful pointers will help ensure you, your boat and your crew are prepared so your next open water trip is safe, comfortable and successful. A certificate of completion will be issued to all attendees

Guns & Governments: Firearms Laws on the East Coast and Down Island With Todd Lochner and Greg Singer

Thursday, Sept. 29 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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.

Boat Handling On The Water 

With Captain Bob Arrington

Thursday, Sept. 29

*NOT included in VIP PASS*

(Prerequisite: Boat Handling Theory)

8:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Session 1 Boat Handling On The Water. Five per session. $125 *SOLD OUT*

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 2Boat Handling On The Water. Five per session. $125 *SOLD OUT*

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Session 3 Boat Handling On The Water. Five per session. $125 *SOLD OUT*

3:00 p.m. -4:45 p.m. Session 4 Boat Handling On The Water. Five per session. $125 *SOLD OUT*


Dial-In Your Trawler With Jeff Merrill

Friday, Sept. 30 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


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 Basics With Chris Parker

Friday, Sept. 30 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Weatherman Chris Parker, himself an experienced mariner, has been serving as a weather router for cruisers on the East Coast, the Bahamas and the Caribbean for more than 12 years. 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. Topics include basic weather terminology and concepts such as temperature, wind and pressure and cloud identification. Parker reviews all the different free and paid way to get weather forecasts on a boat. Everything from OCENS and Sirius, and the services provided by MFD-makers, explaining which is best for what set of cruising circumstances and what they cost. This includes a briefing on GRIB files and how to use them. Plus, he will touch on down island weather patterns and various ways to obtain forecasts. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion that in some cases may help save money on their boat insurance.

SOLD OUT! Cruisers Roundtable With Bruce Kessler, John Clayman, Steve Zimmerman, Chris Parker, Jeff Merrill, Doug Dickinson, & Dylan Bailey

Friday, Sept. 30 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This is the only “town-hall” event at TrawlerFest. 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 its like to spend months and months treading bluewater. 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. Chris Parker is an experienced cruiser and skilled weather router for cruisers heading down island. Doug Dickinson is a hard-charging delivery skipper with the scars to prove it. Former PassageMaker Editor Peter Swanson will moderate and occasionally throw in his two cents.


Maintaining a Cruising Powerboat With Steve Zimmerman

Saturday, Oct. 1 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Certificate of Completion


Boatbuilder and yard owner Steve Zimmerman takes you on an in-depth look at fiberglass boat maintenance and repair priorities. Zimmerman is uniquely qualified as an instructor by virtue of nearly four decades of boat repairs, culminating today in his ownership of four boatyards in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, not to mention the fact that he is an experienced cruiser. The class will begin with fiberglass boat construction, concentrating on critical areas such as core materials, gelcoat, and osmotic blisters. This session will inform boat owner decisions about repairs, and how to avoid simple mistakes that diminish a boat’s value. Additional topics will include annual haul-out protocols, including inspection of underwater hardware, the power train, and bottom paints. Other topics include teak decks, exterior wood coatings, and the proper use of sealants and bedding compounds. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion that in some cases may help save some money on their boat insurance.

What To Look for Before You Hire a Surveyor With Dylan Bailey

Saturday, Oct. 1 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


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.

 Cruise Planning & Underway With PC Navigation With Jeff Hummel

Saturday, Oct. 1 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Nearly all long distance cruisers use a PC based navigation software to complement their onboard systems, in fact many if not most use PC based systems as their primary navigation tool. Jeff Hummel, author and PassageMaker contributor, will provide you with a complete understanding of how long range cruisers plan their voyages and navigate on the water. The seminar will cover electronic charts, integrating existing electronics, planning a long trip and using the software under way. Having worked at Nobeltec and now Rose Point Navigation Systems, Hummel is one of the world’s leading authorities on PC based navigation. 

Advanced Weather With Chris Parker

Saturday, Oct. 1 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Certificate of Completion


Weather router Chris Parker continues from where he left off in his Weather Basics seminar, imparting a deeper understanding of weather patterns, GRIB interpretation and other concepts designed to make attendees more independent when they cruise beyond the horizon. This seminar is for those who have attended Weather Basics or who have a good beginners understanding of those basics.

Survive & Thrive With Michael Tougias

Saturday, Oct. 1 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Bestselling author Michael Tougias has conducted extensive research involving people who have survived 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 six national bestsellers: A Storm Too Soon, Overboard!, Rescue of the Bounty, Ten Hours Until Dawn, Fatal Forecast, and The Finest Hours (A Disney movie released earlier this year). Tougias dazzles audiences by demonstrating the secrets he’s gleaned from survivors and how they channeled and managed their energy into proactive decisions that saved their lives. A rare speaker on a well-researched topic, Tougias delivers motivating stories of survival essential for anyone who dreams of going beyond the horizon.

The Finest Hours With Michael Tougias

Saturday, Oct. 1 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Bestselling Author Michael Tougias caps his TrawlerFest tour-de-force with a two-part multi-media presentation about survival at sea. The first part covers his new book So Close To Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII. The second part of the program features his bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue. Chris Pine and Casey Afflect star in the Disney movie of the same name released earlier this year.

For The Finest Hours, Tougias will use slides of the storm, the sinking oil tankers, the rescues, the victims, the survivors and the heroes to tell the story of this historic event which took place in February of 1952. He will describe the harrowing attempts to rescue the seamen, especially focusing on four young Coast Guardsmen who must overcome insurmountable odds to save the lives of 32 crewmen stranded aboard the stern of the Pendleton. Standing between the men and their mission were towering waves that reached 70 feet, blinding snow, and one of the most dangerous shoals in the world, the dreaded Chatham Bar.

For So Close To Home, Tougias will also tell the story through a series of slides. This event happened in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942 when a U-boat sank a ship carrying the Downs family. Tougias describes the family’s incredible fight for survival adrift at sea, but also includes the story of the daring U-boat commander who patrolled the Gulf, even going into the mouth of the Mississippi River.



Thursday, Sept, 29, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Dinner, Raffle & Trivia Night!

Location: Hemingway's Restaurant, 357 Pier One Road, Stevensville Md. 21666


Menu: -House salad -Fresh sliced fruits -Crab Bisque soup
-Chicken w artichoke sun dried tomatoes & roasted peppers
-Flounder -Ny Strip -Chef choice of starch & veggies
Triple chocolate layered cake for dessert


Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m.

Trawlers At Twilight Cocktail Party

Live entertainment, cocktails & appetizers

Location: Pool Side at Bay Bridge Marina





5 Day VIP- $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 Dinner, Raffle & Trivia Night
  • Entry for one (1) to Friday’s Trawlers At Twilight Docktail Party

    Value: $1105, 55% savings

*Seminar selection form will be sent out shortly after VIP Package purchase*

3 Day VIP- $399

The highly popular 3 Day VIP PACKAGE 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 Dinner, Raffle & Trivia Night
  • Entry for one (1) to Friday’s Trawlers At Twilight Docktail Party

Value: $615, 45% savings

*Seminar selection form will be sent out shortly after VIP Package purchase*

$15 in advance, $18 on site

*The In-Water Boat Show will be open rain or shine from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday & Saturday

NOTE: Purchase of a seminar ticket includes general admission to boat show for day of seminar.


Purchase your PassageMaker hat and TrawlerFest 2016 Shirts beforehand or at the show!

Pick them up at Registration during TrawlerFest

TrawlerFest 2016 Shirts: $15
Available in white & blue

PassageMaker Hats: $15

Purchase through our ticketing site here



Exhibitor: Boat(s):

Aquila Power Catamarans/MarineMax

Aquila 48 (Thead), Aquila 44 (Slip 46)

Annapolis Sailyard

Nordic Tug Flybridge 42 (Slip 23)

Atlantic Yacht Works

DeFever 46 (Slip 36), Flordia Bay Coaster 60 (Slip 40), Legacy 40' Sedan Bridge (Slip 37), DeFever 56 Pilothouse (Slip 38),
Marine Trader 47' Tradewinds (Slip 39)

Beneteau USA
Bluewater Yacht Sales

Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 (Slip 3)
Grand Banks 42 (Slip 17)

Burr Yacht Sales

Fleming 55' (Slip 2)

Clarks Landing Yacht Sales

Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 (Slip 5), Beneteau Swift Trawler 30 (Slip 1)

Chesapeake Yacht Center

Prestige 420 (Slip 24), Prestige 500 (Slip 26)

East Coast Yacht Sales

American Tug 435 (Slip 16), American Tug 395 (Slip 18)

Endeavour Catamaran Corp

Endeavour Trawlercat 42 (Slip 47), Endeavour Trawlercat 48 (Thead)

Helmsman Trawlers

Helmsman Trawler 31 (Slip 14)

Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc

Snowbird 73 (Slip 44)

Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Krogen 48AE (Slip 41), Krogen 58 (Slip 42), Beneteau Swift Trawler 52 (Slip 43)

Krogen Express Yachts

Krogen Express 52' (Slip 7)

Lippincott Marine

Mainship Trawler 34 (Slip 20)

Luke Brown Yachts

Selene 49 (Slip 12) , Selene Europa 42 (Slip 10)

MarineMax Northeast

Azimut 54 (Slip 22)

North Point Yacht Sales

MJM 50Z (Slip 27), 1959 GOUDY & STEVENS Flybridge (Slip 25)

Oxford Yacht Agency

Grand Banks 42 Single Engine (Slip 31), Grand Banks Europa 46 (Slip 28) Grand Banks 46 Classic (Slip 30), Grand Banks 36 Classic (Slip 29), Grand Banks 47 Heritage (Slip 32)

Pocket Yacht Company

Ranger Tug 31 Sedan (Slip 4), Ranger Tug 27 (Slip 8), Ranger 29FB (Slip 6), Ranger 23OB (Slip 8)

Seaton Yachts

Seaton 56 (Slip 34)

Walczak Yacht Brokers

Fleming 55 (Slip 19), Foz Island Sedan Cruiser (Slip 21)

Wilde Yacht Sales

Rosborough 24 (Slip 9), Nordic Tug 44 (Slip 15) , Nordic Tug 42 FlyBridge (Slip 13), Nordic Tug 34 (Slip 11)


Exhibitors: Category:

American Diesel - Booth 11

Engines- Sales, Services, Parts

Atlantic Yacht Basin - Booth 22


Bay Bridge Marina - Booth 4


Beckley's Camping Center - Booth 44

RV & Camper Sales

BoatU.S. - Booth 14
BOE Marine - Booth 43

Electronics/ Electronic Services

Cali-Optics Importer - Booth 18

Outdoor Optics/Navigation

Cape Hatteras Marine - Booth 27 & 28

Marine Accessories

Captain Chris Yacht Services - Booth 23

Education/Training/ Deliveries

Chesapeake Bay Magazine - Booth 3

Publications/ Cruising Guides

Chesapeake Recreational Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B.) - Booth 17

Non Profit

DANBoater - Booth 24


Docking By Control - Booth 9


Grampstr's Pride - Booth 20


Great Harbour Trawlers - Booth 30

Yacht Builder

GROCO - Booth 39

Marine Equipment

Haven Harbor - Booth 1 & 2


Linssen Yachts North America - Booth 7

New Yachts

Mantus Anchors LLC - Booth 8


Mid-Shore Electronics - Booth 40 & 41

Electronics/ Electronic Services

My Boat Status - Booth 26

Vessel Monitoring

MTOA - Booth 12


OceanGrafix - Booth 19

Navigation/ Charts

Pantaenius - Booth 25

Insurance/ Finance

RCI Technologies East - Booth 21

Fuel Cleaning & Polishing

Rigid Boats - Booth 37 & 38


Rose Point Navigation Systems - Booth 36

Navigation/ Electronics

S&J Yachts - Booth 31

New Yachts

Sirocco Marine - Booth 43

Small Boats/Tenders

Snag-A-Slip - Booth 6

Boater Resources

Sterling Acceptance - Booth 10

Insurance/ Finance

Sterling Associates - Booth 34

Insurance/ Finance

Total Dollar - Booth 35

Insurance/ Finance

Trident Funding - Booth 32


United States Power Squadron - Booth 13


Worton Creek Marina - Booth 29

Marina/ Repair Yard

Zimmerman Marine - Booth 33


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Hotel blocks are available through Boat Show Hotels

Boat Show Hotels

We recommend booking early as it is a busy time of year in the area.

VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) & HomeAway are popular alternatives to hotels in the area

VRBO- Maryland Eastern Shore

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Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Everything You Wanted To Know About Your Yacht Insurance Policy But Didn't Know Who To Ask – Presented by Cary Wiener, Pantaenius Insurance

This presentation provides an overview of what yacht insurance is for, the different types of policies that are available, and how yacht policies can differ overall. Topics to be covered include:

* Implication of secret implied warranties.

* Review of clauses found in most yacht insurance policies.

* How to negotiate with your insurance company for better terms.

* An Open Forum. Ask ANYTHING about marine insurance and marine law.

Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Introduction to PC Navigation -Rose Point Navigation Systems
Presented by Jeff Hummel, Rose Point Navigation

PC-based marine navigation has revolutionized the way boaters plan and navigate voyages. PC-based navigation systems are easier to use and offer a more comprehensive user experience and sophisticated tools than what is available on a dedicated plotter. This seminar will cover all of the basics of PC navigation including: software elements, choosing a program, charts, satellite and aerial imagery, marine grade hardware, weather information, AIS, tides and currents and more. This seminar is ideal for boaters who want to set up a PC-based navigation system at the helm or are looking for more robust tools to plan their next voyage.

Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Ten Things To Know Before You Buy a Used Boat
Presented by Steve Zimmerman, Zimmerman Marine

Buying a used cruising boat can be a challenging process. This seminar will help buyers navigate the process, including detailed information about issues on previously owned composite boats.


Friday 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. The Care & Upkeep of Your Marine Generator Set
Presented by Bob Senter, Northern Lights

Your boat’s generator set does a lot on board; but how well do you understand it? Northern Lights Factory Trainer Bob Senter will present a sixty-minute seminar using a running generator set, to show you the ins and outs of generator set service and maintenance. From the basics of properly sizing your genset to the right coolant and oil, and the options that maximize your enjoyment on board, Bob’s course will cover the essential facts of power production every recreational boater should know

Friday 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Financing and Insuring your Dream Boat Presented by Cindy Lewis, Sterling Associates Marine Lending

Paying cash may not be the best way to buy the boat. Cindy will cover topics like tax advantages, tax consequences, rates and term options both fixed and variable. She will cover the basic cash flow and credit guidelines the banks look for to qualify for a loan as well as what they are looking for in the boat itself. Surveys, financing in additional equipment , age of vessel etc. are all covered in this informative presentation.

Insurance plays a key role in any boat purchase and is a requirement when there is a loan on the boat. Knowing that your plans and intended use will change with the seasons it’s important to have an understanding of policies , the limitations, deductions and coverage. An agent form Total Dollar will be joining in the presentation and will be available to answer any questions that arise.

Friday 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Service Focus For Best Resale Results Presented by Deltaville Yachting Center & Chesapeake Yacht Sales

All boaters want to ensure they are spending their boating dollars wisely. From buying wind surfers to rail mount grills, the cruising experience is enhanced by the presence of certain equipment. When your life is taking you from the ownership part of boating to the selling zone, you want to consider the focus of your maintenance budget. Focus on your boat’s maintenance and key service items provides for your use of the vessel and best resale results. Select improvements and visible signs of the owner’s care can go a long way to enhancing the selling experience.


Saturday 1:30 p.m.– 2:15 p.m. DAN Boater Membership Association
Presented by Dr. Jim Chimiak, MD, DAN Boater

Diver's Alert Network is internationally recognized as the trusted name in diver safety. Its travel products have proven lifesaving to divers above and below the water. DAN is proud to now open this line of quality products to all boaters not just divers. The short presentation clearly outlines the health benefits of the DAN Boater Membership Association from the medical director's point of view.

Saturday 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Inflatable PFDs (Life Jackets) & Rescue Line Toss Demonstration
Presented by Captain Chris Yacht Services, Sponsored by DAN Boater

Just because you wear an inflatable Personal Floatation Device (PFD) doesn't mean it's ready to inflate. Learn more about different types of inflatable PFDs and their care and maintenance. Step up and volunteer to pull the rip cord and see how it works. Take a few minutes to discover which works best for you. And learn how you can easily retrieve that “Man Overboard” with our LINE TOSS demonstration too. Ask Captain Chris all about boating safety!


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