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PassageMaker’s TrawlerFest returns to Anacortes, WA, May 17-21 with a boat show that offers seminars, exhibits, social events, and over 60 boats in the water.

The show, May 17-21 at Cap Sante Marina, is aimed at recreational boaters who cruise or want to cruise for long periods or live aboard their vessels. For many people engrossed in work and raising families, this notion may seem impossibly romantic, but the fact is that an increasing number of Baby Boomers are taking to America’s waterways for what they see as the adventure of a lifetime.

“I used to joke, half seriously, that TrawlerFest was like Woodstock for the nautically inclined,” said Peter Swanson, who organizes the seminar program. “It not that farfetched. We’re bringing together a bunch of Boomers whose goal in life is to escape and live like gypsies on the water.”

TrawlerFest Anacortes 2016

Tuesday, May 17, “Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines” kicks off TrawlerFest-Anacortes and is led by PassageMaker Technical Editor Nigel Calder and the magazine’s Troubleshooter columnist Steve Zimmerman.

Calder is an acclaimed author and researcher. His books include Marine Diesel Engines and the Boat Owner’s Mechanical and Electrical Handbook. Zimmerman has decades of boat repair experience operates four boatyards in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Other seminar topics include “Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide,” “Cruising Alaska,” “Cruising Baja & the Sea of Cortez” and “Hands on Boat Handling.” In addition, there are extended sessions on “Emergencies at Sea,” “Care & Maintenance of the Cruising Powerboat,” “Basic Navigation for Husbands & Wives” and a schedule of 18 shorter seminars. See the full list here.

Anyone planning to purchase a boat over the next five years should attend the “Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide” at this year’s Anacortes event. A team of experts will help buyers make sound decisions and save money, much more money than the price of admission.

Some of the other star presenters happen to be authors like Steve D’Antonio, Bob Sweet, and  Mark Bunzel. Bunzel is editor and publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide, known as “The Bible of Pacific Northwest Cruising.” He is partnering with legendary boat designer Tony Fleming to present the Cruising to Alaska seminar. The event concludes with Fleming’s inspirational video of a recent Alaska cruise.

More info about TrawlerFest or call (410) 990-9086 ex 22.

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