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Trawler Fest makes a move to Baltimore

Annual Chesapeake Bay region cruising event will shift to a major city port for its September show

Baltimore will be the setting for the next Trawler Fest.

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After 14 years of being staged on Maryland's Solomons Island, the Chesapeake Bay region's annual Trawler Fest boat show/educational event is moving to Baltimore.

"Solomons is a great place and it was a very tough decision to leave as we very much enjoyed working with everyone there," says Amy Pinter, events manager for PassageMaker magazine, which produces the traveling show that organizers call a "cruising-under-power lifestyle celebration."

Trawler Fest will take place Sept. 24-26 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marine Center. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first two days and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the final day.

At the Inner Harbor Marina, more than 55 boats will be on display and open to boardings. The event will also feature more than 65 exhibitors showcasing a variety of boating products and services on nearby Rash Field.

The move from a quiet waterfront community to a major city port was not made lightly, Pinter says.

"It's very important to us that we keep Trawler Fest the personable show that it is and one that builds on the camaraderie shared by attendees and exhibitors. We don't want people to feel as though they are lost in a big city," Pinter says. All components of the show - in-water display, seminars and shoreside exhibits - are within walking distance.

"The decision to move to Baltimore was driven by our need for more room to grow the show and we received feedback from attendees that they would enjoy a location that was easier to get to," she says.

Adding to the appeal of a more accessible location, Inner Harbor Marina was recently renovated to include a large number of transient slip space and ample power capabilities.

A lineup of seminars will take place at the nearby Hyatt Regency hotel at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. daily. Seminar topics include: "Lessons Learned: Two on a Trawler" with Katie and Gene Hamilton; "Weather I and II" with Lee Chesneau; "ICW Updates" with Claiborne Young; and "Strategies for Repair" with Steve Zimmerman.

Also on tap are a cocktail reception and dinner, fun programs like Trivia Night and a Mardi Gras party as well as the presentation of PassageMaker's People's Choice Award for favorite vessel at the show.

Trawler Fest Baltimore will be held in collaboration with Viva Italia: Concours D'Elegance, an exotic car show benefitting The Children's Guild of Baltimore. This event will also be held at Rash Field and is open and free to the public. PassageMaker and Soundings are both divisions of Dominion Enterprises.

For information, visit or call (888) 487-2953.

This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue.