Marine News from the Great Lakes

TrawlerFest Boat Show and Seminar Series

Published: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series returns to the Chesapeake Bay for five days this fall. TrawlerFest-Bay Bridge happens Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 26–30, and includes signature in-depth seminars and a boat show dedicated to the cruising lifestyle.

Dozens of new and used cruising powerboats will be featured on the docks of the Bay Bridge Marina Yacht Club on Kent Island at the foot of Maryland’s magnificent Bay Bridge. The boat show runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 28–30, and includes booths displaying marine products and services.

With more than 20 seminars, speakers include renown experts such as Nigel Calder on engines and Steve Zimmerman on systems maintenance. Seminars run from Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 4, beginning with “Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines.”

Even though the event is called TrawlerFest, and it’s brought to you by PassageMaker magazine, most of the seminars are “propulsion agnostic.” That is, their lessons apply equally to sailors as well as power cruisers.

And yet there is another important element to TrawlerFest — the trappings of an old-fashioned rendezvous. During the boat show, evening events will bring together boatbuilders, vendors, seminar speakers, boat owners and boat owners-to be in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship and maybe even a few drinks.

Here are some of the actual titles of the seminars that have been confirmed:

“Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines” (16-hours); “Boatbuyer’s Survival Guide” (eight hours); “Hands-On Boat Handling (eight hours); Care & Maintenance of the Cruising PowerBoat” (eight hours); “The Great Loop & Amazing Sidetrips,” (four hours); “Weather for Cruisers” (four hours); “Emergencies at Sea” (four hours); “Basic Coastal Navigation for Husbands & Wives” (four hours); “Guns & Governments: What the Armed Cruiser Needs to Know” (two hours); “Medical Preparedness for Cruisers” (two hours); “Multi-Function Displays: Now & in the Future” (two hours); “Cruising Down East” (two hours); “Provisioning Tips from the Pros” (two hours); and “Cruisers Perspectives: A Town Hall Meeting.”

For more information about TrawlerFest, visit


tags: Boat Show, East Coast

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