Mystic Seaport to host Trawler Fest

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JULY 7 — PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest  is scheduled to stop at Connecticut’s historic Mystic Seaport Aug. 3 to 5.

“There is a prime audience of trawler owners in New England, and we think that holding the show at a destination like Mystic Seaport is an added incentive to attend,” says PassageMaker managing editor Natalie Friton. This is the first time the show will be held at the seaport.

Sponsored by West Marine, Trawler Fest is a consumer event that combines boat show elements with educational seminars covering trawler-related topics. Seminars on tap for the Mystic event include cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, a diesel engine roundtable discussion, and a paint and varnish workshop.

Friton expects nearly 70 trawlers at the three-day event, including some that belong to attendees. Exhibitors are to include Kadey-Krogen, Nordhavn and Nordic Tugs.

“People can see all the different boats and be able to speak one-on-one with other trawler owners and industry professionals,” Friton says. “Attendees will get to know who the resources are in the industry. The networking and the sharing of stories are invaluable.”

Advance registration is required to attend Trawler Fest. For more information visit www.trawlerfest.comor call (888) 487-2953. Other Trawler Fest events are scheduled for Aug. 17 to 19 in Manitowoc, Wis., and Sept. 28 to 30 in Solomons, Md.

PassageMaker’s parent company, Trader Publishing Co. of Norfolk, Va. (also Soundings’ parent company), acquired Trawler Fest last year.

— Jason Fell