TrawlerFest Bremerton May 1 to May 5
In-water Boat Show, May 3 to May 5
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TrawlerFest is a celebration of the cruising lifestyle with a focus on trawler yachts. These vessels trace their origins and often their look to the fishing craft of the mid-20th Century. Among the boat brands are Grand Banks, Nordhavn, Kadey-Krogen Yachts and anything with “tug” in its name. TrawlerFest is part of the same organization that publishes PassageMaker, a magazine devoted to this boating niche.
TrawlerFest in Bremerton, WA
The audience for TrawlerFest is predominantly over 55. These are couples, often retired, who either want to live aboard their boats or cruise for extended periods of time. Some are content to remain in home waters while others will strike out for Alaska, Mexico, South Pacific Islands or go around the world. Many, if not most have owned sailboats.
Which raises another point: nearly all TrawlerFest seminars apply equally to sail or power cruising, though the dozens of boats on display will be new and used powerboats. Click to see their list of seminars taught by boating experts.
Picturesque Bremerton is located on one of the excellent, protected harbors of Puget Sound and is the gateway to one of the greatest playgrounds in the United States, the Olympic Peninsula, a place of mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes, mountain streams and the Pacific Ocean. Within its corporate limits, Bremerton has the best equipped Navy Yard in the United States, constantly overhauling and repairing warships.
Brokers, vendors, and builders lately had urged TrawlerFest organizers to bring the event closer to Seattle as a convenience to them and to draw more attendees from the city. The ferry from Seattle takes an hour and the docks area a short walk away from the marina.
The city of 38,000 has a lively restaurant scene and other amenities. Bremerton’s U.S. Navy Museum features more than 18,000 objects, and the Vietnam War-era destroyer USS Turner Joy is preserved and open for tours a short walk from the event.
Bremerton Marina, 120 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
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