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Considering a Trawler? Get to a Trawler Fest

A View of the Kona Kai Marina Site for the Next Trawler Fest in March

A View of the Kona Kai Marina Site for the Next Trawler Fest in March

Yesterday’s news of the new Kadey-Krogen 52′ — which was made sort of under the public radar — at last month’s Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale, reminded me of just one more benefit of these events. If you’ve never been to a Trawler Fest, which are owned and operated by Passagemaker Magazine, and you’re thinking about joining the cruising community, you really need to fix that and get to one.

Trawler Fests are a kind of stand-alone boat show for trawler and cruising enthusiasts.  There are several held each year, on both the east and west coasts of the United States. The boat show normally runs from Friday through Sunday, and you can normally see examples from most of the major manufacturers there. Often, the boats are shown by agreement with their current owners and when the owners are around, it’s a fantastic opportunity to get the straight story directly from someone who owns the boat.

Another program run by Passagemaker Magazinethat you should consider is the so-called “Passagemaker University,” which is a series of educational seminars usually held during the two days preceeding a Trawler Fest.  The next PMU is scheduled for San Diego, March 3-4, followed by the San Diego Trawler Fest, March 5-7. According to the Trawler Fest website, “The event will take place at the Kona Kai Resort and Marina, located at the tip of Shelter Island, San Diego, where exhibiting companies will set up on resort grounds overlooking cruising powerboats in the first class megayacht marina.”

Just in case you were wondering, I don’t get anything in return from promoting these events; I just think they’re truly valuable experiences for folks already cruising, but especially for those who might be thinking about it. Check the website links above and get to one near you this year.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Destinations, Industry News, Maintenance & DIY, Passagemaking News, Powerboats, seamanship

Trawler Fest Greenport is This Coming Weekend

Trawler Fest Greenport 2008 -- Photo:  Trawler Fest/Passagemaker Magazine

Trawler Fest Greenport 2008 -- Photo: Trawler Fest/Passagemaker Magazine

Continuing with this week’s theme of getting into the passagemaking lifestyle…if you’re anywhere near the east end of Long Island this coming weekend (26-28 June) — and that includes you Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut boaters who are just a short ferry ride away — get to the Trawler Fest in Greenport.  Owned and operated by Passagemaker Magazine, Trawler Fests are held in several locations around the U.S. each year.  It’s a great way to to see just trawlers and cruisers and, if you’d like some more formal education, attend a series of compelling seminars.

Among the boats at the show this year will be the Nordic Tugs 54, shown by Wilde Yacht Sales from Essex, Connecticut.  This boat is equipped with everything from a custom hardtop to a clever solar panel installation that will run nearly everything but the air conditioning without any help from the generator.  Ben Wilde and company are also bringing a Nordic Tugs 26, the re-introduced originator of that line, as well as a Nordic Tugs 32 and one of the new Nord Star 31 “sport utility vessels,” which I reviewed here recently.  Here are some of the other boats you can see firsthand:

  • American Global Yacht Group:     Outer Reef 63
  • Brewer Yacht Sales:     Fathom 40
  • Hellier Yacht Sales:     Island Packet SP Cruiser 41
  • Island Pilot:     Island Pilot DSe Hybrid
  • Kadey-Krogen Yachts:     Korgen 44′, Krogen 48′
  • MarineMax Surfside 3:     Meridian 368, Legacy 40 Express
  • Miller Yacht Sales:     Marine Trader 36
  • Nordhavn:     Nordhavn 43 Nola Girl, a flybridge model with stack and davit
  • Prestige Yacht Sales:     American Tug 41
  • Ranger Tugs:     R-21 and R-25
  • Selene Annapolis:     Selene 57
  • Skarne Marine:     Minor Offshore 31 and 27

There is also a tent display with more exhibitors, this year including STIDD, SeaKits, Landfall and Maretron, among many others.  The show is held at the Mitchell Park and Marina, in Greenport, New York.  You can register online (discounts are currently available) at the Trawler Fest website, while directions to the park and marina are here.

Information provided by Trawler Fest.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Destinations