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One-stop shopping at Trawler Fest

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When it comes to learning about cruising under power, getting to know the boats in the niche, and meeting the industry experts who can help you enjoy the lifestyle, you can find it at Trawler Fest.

When it comes to learning about cruising under power, getting to know the boats in the niche, and meeting the industry experts who can help you enjoy the lifestyle, you can find it at Trawler Fest.

Whether you are making the switch from sail to power or looking to buy your first boat, Trawler Fest has something for everyone, from casual cruisers to liveaboards. Four times a year, this all-in-one event that’s part boat show, part rendezvous and part education is held in different cruising destinations around the country. You can escape to Stuart, Fla., in January; venture to the Pacific Northwest during the spring; enjoy historic New England in late summer; or join the snowbirds in Solomons, Md., in September.

Unlike large boat shows, the niche focus of Trawler Fest offers each attendee personal attention. Every boat has a broker, builder or designer on board, engine rooms are open for exploring, and there is no rush to go through a boat. You’ll have time to compare different layouts, equipment and models, and find a boat that fits your cruising needs. You’ll also find an array of product and service exhibitors who are there to support and equip boaters for cruising under power.

Relationships are formed during the three days of Trawler Fest, and whether you’re buying a boat, an engine, electronics, a cruising guide or nothing at all, you’re sure to meet someone with experiences you can relate to and learn from. Each morning is filled with two sets of 90-minute seminar sessions, and afternoons include interactive workshops, demonstrations and roundtables. Topics cover boat buying, trip planning, electronics, navigation, systems maintenance, cruising areas, safety and more. Learning isn’t limited to a formal classroom setting and goes beyond the hands-on sessions. The community atmosphere allows attendees to network, share experiences, and learn from each other.

There’s also lots of fun and socializing at Trawler Fest. After all, as part of the cruising community, we all share a common interest. Whether you’re swapping notes during a seminar coffee break or sharing stories during the evening cocktail hour and dinner, you’ll discover that Trawler Fest is more than a boat show. It’s an experience that can enhance your cruising life.

Attending can be a three-day immersion, a one-day experience going to seminars and the boat show, or a simple visit through general admission to view the boats and exhibitors.

For more, visit www.passagemaker.com or www.trawlerfest.com or call (888) 487-2953.

Natalie Friton is managing editor of PassageMaker Magazine, which produces Trawler Fest. Both PassageMaker and Soundings are owned by Dominion Enterprises of Norfolk, Va.