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Trawler Fest returns to Newport

All-in-one show dedicated to trawlers and the power cruising lifestyle

Trawler enthusiasts from the Northeast are getting ready for Trawler Fest 2005, which is putting in at Newport, R.I., for the second straight year. The three-day boat show and informational event is slated to kick off at the Newport Yachting Center July 21.

“If you’re interested in the cruising under power lifestyle, this is the show for you,” says Laurene Parlatore, publisher of PassageMaker magazine, the host of the event. PassageMaker’s parent company, Trader Publishing Co. of Norfolk, Va. (also Soundings’ parent company), acquired Trawler Fest earlier this year.

“This is exciting because everything and everyone associated with trawlers is going to be on one site. That’s what sets this apart from other shows,” Parlatore says.

Trawler Fest, sponsored by West Marine, has been a consumer event hosted in various locations around the country, combining boat show elements with educational seminars covering numerous trawler-related topics. PassageMaker is known for hosting the TrawlerPort event, an educational program complementing existing boat shows. With both events now under one corporate umbrella, Trawler Fest has become an interactive standalone program.

Parlatore expects some 25 trawlers, varying in size from 30 to 70 feet, to be on display at the show. She says representatives from about 20 manufacturers, including Kadey-Krogen Nordic Tugs, Nordhavn and Selene will be on hand.

Besides the boats, Trawler Fest will feature a series of informational seminars designed for the needs and interests of current and potential trawler owners. Some of the seminars on tap for the Newport event include: “Down the East Circle,” led by Capt. Cheryl Barr, author of “Down East Circle Route” (Yacht Pilot Publishing, 2003); the American Boat and Yacht Council’s “And Your Boat” seminar, led by ABYC’s curriculum director, Ed Sherman; and a seminar titled, “The Ins and Outs of Thrusters.”

Advance registration is recommended to attend Trawler Fest. A value package good for all three days including the boat show, seminars, lunches and evening meals is $345 per person ($395 for on-site ticket purchases). 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.

Other Trawler Fest events this year took place in Stuart, Fla., and in Poulsbo, Wash. Two more are scheduled for Manitowoc, Wis., in August and Solomons, Md., in September.

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