Join us at the Stuart Trawlerfest in March 2019
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IN-WATER BOAT SHOW:

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 – SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019
Show open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

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) 761-8777

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

HOTEL - Stay on site at the Trawlerfest host hotel. 
Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina -click here for Trawlerfest discounted rate

SEMINARS:
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 – SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019
All seminars will be held onsite at the Riverside Conference Center. Seminar registration will be on the 2nd floor with the seminar rooms. A map of the Marriott is available here. Free onsite parking available.

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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 5

Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines

With Nigel Calder, Steve Zimmerman & Adolf Ellert
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
$495. (Limit: 36. Not included in VIP Pass)
Continues 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Wednesday

This is not the only diesel engine course for boaters, but it is the only diesel engine course for boaters taught by renown author/researcher Nigel Calder and veteran boatbuilder and yard operator Steve Zimmerman. Calder is PassageMaker magazine’s technical editor, while Zimmerman writes a regular column called “Troubleshooter.” 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.
BONUS:Video class on how to clean your outboard’s carburetor.

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 is a practicing surgeon. Certificate of completion.

Happy Hookers: The Art of Anchoring
With captains Chris & Alyse Caldwell
8:30-10:30 a.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.

Nautical Know-How: Rules of the Road & Essential Knots
With Bob Sweet
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

Half the course is about law and custom; the other half is about the mechanics of securing your boat. These topics are not as disparate as it may seem at first glance. A solid familiarity with both is absolutely essential to enjoy your time on the water safely. Marine author/illustrator Bob Sweet is your instructor. Sweet will use illustrations to make learning easier and, for the knot portion, attendees will learn with actual lines and cleats as well.

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 6

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). The certificate of completion awarded to attendees may help save some money on their boat insurance.

NEW COMBINED LEARNING CONCEPT! Weather 202, Advanced (Live!)    
With Chris Parker
8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
$240 (Limit 24, not included in VIP Pass)
(Weather 101, Basics at www.boatersuniversity.com is a prerequisite.)

This seminar is ambitious in its goal, which is to teach boaters how to create their own weather forecasts using publicly available information. This is a deep dive into science, and its goal cannot be accomplished in a single day. Accordingly, attendees will be required to take Parker’s online course “Weather 101, Basics” at www.boatersuniversity.com, which is another educational program operated byPassageMaker and its sister publications. The “Weather 101” prerequisite will teach the basics in a format that allows unlimited reviews of the material, reinforced with quizzes. A video of “Weather 202” will also be available soon after TrawlerFest at www.boatersuniversity.com free to anyone who has completed Weather 202 at Stuart. Box lunches will be provided, and attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

Women’s Roundtable: A Judgment-Free Q&A
With a panel of veteran women cruisers, taking questions from all-female audience
8:30-10:30 a.m
$65

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 the Intracoastal Waterway
With captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell
10:45 a.m.-12:30 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 seven-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 will be traveling when it’s your turn to live the dream.

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

“Offshore Essentials” was developed to review the necessary preparations required for trawler owners (and want-to-be owners) interested in transiting between sea ports for extended trips including overnight passages. This course is designed to be both an introduction and a refresher for owner operators and their crew. You will be reviewing important knowledge and fundamental skills needed to understand what to expect and how be organized in order to ensure a safe trip. Jeff Merrill is an active yacht broker who has logged nearly 20,000 miles offshore on trawlers and has spent the majority of that time training with clients on systems and teaching them how to manage and run their boats safely offshore. Merrill will touch on key topics such as safety, weather, pre-departure preparation, captain responsibilities, crew orientation, watch standing, engine-room checks, pilothouse navigation/electronics operations, and more. This talk will also include examples of important checklists Merrill has created and refined over many years of traveling out of sight of land. Certificate of completion.

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 1
With Capt. Bob Arrington
1-3 p.m.
$150 (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.
$150 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons) Certificate of completion

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 3
With Capt. Bob Arrington
8-10 a.m.
$150 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons) Certificate of completion.

Boat Buyer's Survival Guide.
With Steve Zimmerman, Ken Fickett, Cary Wiener, Vin Petrella, Dylan Bailey and Todd Lochner
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. His goal: To help you stay two steps ahead of the taxman.

Safety & Navigation Illustrated
With Bob Sweet
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

Marine author/illustrator Bob Sweet will discuss how to get the most from radar, sounders and chartplotters, which nowadays often live together on our multi-function displays. He will discuss the latest uses for AIS technology. Do we still need to carry paper charts? Sweet has an opinion on that. This seminar is designed to be paired with “Multi-Function Display Hands-On” later in the morning and on Friday. Certificate of completion.

Great Loop Boats, Great 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. 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.

Multi-Function Displays, Hands On (Session One of Two)
With Eric Kunz
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

This seminar is designed to show you how to become proficient at electronic navigation--six working MFDs, 18 students with three per screen. Our instructor has spent an entire career developing marine electronics for Furuno. But this seminar is not about one brand; it’s about what all brands share in common, which is a lot. It’s an open secret that when one manufacturer introduces an innovative feature, that idea finds its way into the competition’s products pretty quickly, however different the interpretation may be. Certificate of completion.

Cruising Hidden Florida (and a Little Bit on Cuba, Too)
With Ken & Becky Fickett & Peter Swanson
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$65

Learn about an easy 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 to Old Florida.” We might go overtime with a brief discussion of cruising to Cuba for anyone interested. This seminar pairs well with “Cruising the Dry Tortugas,” which follows in the afternoon.

Cruising the Dry Tortugas
With Kim & Randy Kalisik
2-4 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 Kalisiks 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 WiFi service), weather, anchoring as well as exploring the islands and reefs by snorkeling and diving.

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 4
With Capt. Bob Arrington
4-6 p.m.
$150 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons)  Certificate of completion

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 5
With Capt. Bob Arrington
8-10 a.m.
$150 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons). Certificate of completion

Boat Buyers Survival Guide (Part II)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Multi-Function Displays, Hands On (Session Two of Two)
With Eric Kunz
8:30-10:30 a.m.
$65

This seminar (Session One was on Thursday) is designed to show you how to become proficient at electronic navigation--six working MFDs, 18 students with three per screen. Our instructor has spent an entire career developing marine electronics for Furuno. But this seminar is not about one brand; it’s about what all brands share in common, which is a lot. It’s an open secret that when one manufacturer introduces an innovative feature, that idea finds its way into the competition’s products pretty quickly, however different the interpretation may be. Certificate of completion.

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.

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. Pairs well with “Safety & Survival at Sea” on Saturday.

Dial In Your Trawler
With Jeff Merrill, CPYB
1:30-3:30 p.m.
$65

There are hundreds of great ideas and best practices that many knowledgeable trawler owners are using to better monitor their vessels and improve their understanding of equipment and systems. Veteran yacht broker Jeff Merrill has compiled a massive collection of simple and effective techniques and procedures that you can immediately put into action on your own trawler. This talk shares an organized collection of hundreds of photos. Jeff has updated this presentation to illustrate many new trawler tips taken from a wide variety of trawlers. Solutions including many clever reminders will help you take much of the guesswork out of tracking various systems and equipment on board your trawler. Little details like reference marks for needles on analog gauges, “To” and “From” labels on fuel manifolds, anchor chain marking, galley suggestions and many other common-sense concepts make this an engaging and informative seminar that has inspired several topic specific Dial-in-your-trawler magazine articles. Merrill will also discuss an assortment of products that you should consider using on your trawler that will not only make your life more enjoyable aboard but may also favorably influence your eventual resale value.

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.
3:45-5:30 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. The seminar adjourns to the cocktail party immediately following.

Boat Handling on the Water, Session 6
With Capt. Bob Arrington
4-6 p.m.
$150 (Not included in VIP Pass. Prerequisite: Boat Handling Illustrated. Class limit: 4 persons). Certificate of completion

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

Safety & Survival at Sea
With Mario Vittone & Michael Carr
8:30 a.m.-12:30 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. 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. This seminar pairs well with “First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea” and “Survival Lessons from Sea Disasters.”

Full Displacement: The Serious Choice for Comfortable Cruising
With Larry Polster
8:30-10:30 a.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.

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.

Water World
With Capt. Bob Arrington
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.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.

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.

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