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The historic seaside town of Mystic, Conn., this summer will play host to PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest 2006. Hundreds of trawler owners and enthusiasts from all over the Mid-Atlantic and New England are expected to attend the three-day boat show and informational event, slated to kick off Aug. 3.

The historic seaside town of Mystic, Conn., this summer will play host to PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest 2006. Hundreds of trawler owners and enthusiasts from all over the Mid-Atlantic and New England are expected to attend the three-day boat show and informational event, slated to kick off Aug. 3.

“This is the first year we’ve had the show at Mystic Seaport,” explains PassageMaker’s managing editor, Natalie Friton. PassageMaker’s parent company, Trader Publishing Co. of Norfolk, Va. (also Soundings’ parent company), acquired Trawler Fest last year.

“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,” Friton says.

Trawler Fest, sponsored by West Marine, is a consumer event that combines boat show elements with educational seminars covering trawler-related topics. Some seminar topics on tap for the Mystic event include electronic navigation and charting, ICW cruising and marine photography. There will also be demonstrations and roundtable discussions on topics such as paint and varnish, diesel engines and using small boats like kayaks and canoes.

“People will learn something new every day at these seminars,” Friton says. “They’re led by industry experts in these specific fields. We want to encourage people to cruise with increased confidence.”

Friton expects nearly 70 trawlers, including some attendee boats, to be on hand over the three-day event. “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. A value package good for all three days including the boat show, seminars, lunches and evening meals is priced at $360 per person. General admission, which includes access to the boat show, exhibit tents and demonstrations, will cost $15 per person, per day. Day and seminar packages are also available.

For those arriving at the Seaport by boat, moorage fees per foot per night for non-members is $3.75, and $2.75 for members. There also will be special Seaport tours available exclusively for Trawler Fest attendees.

Other Trawler Fest events this year were held in Stuart, Fla., and Poulsbo, Wash. Events are also scheduled for Manitowoc, Wis., in August and Solomons, Md., in September.

“Trawler Fest truly brings together all aspects of the cruising under power lifestyle,” Friton says. “The past, present and future comes full circle at these shows.”

For information, go to www.trawlerfest.com or call (888) 487-2953.