New Jan­uary TrawlerFest Lo­ca­tion

Passage Maker - - News & Notes - By The Edi­tors

Reg­is­tra­tion is un­der­way as TrawlerFest re­turns to Stu­art, Florida, for the first time since 2009. The show is part­ner­ing with Hutchin­son Is­land Mar­riott Beach Re­sort & Ma­rina, and the dates are Fe­bru­ary 28 to March 4.

The choice of a Mar­riott re­sort will mark a huge im­prove­ment over other Florida TrawlerFest sites in the re­cent past, most re­cently Riviera Beach Mu­nic­i­pal Ma­rina, which was un­der con­struc­tion dur­ing TrawlerFest this year and last. At­tendee feed­back, while pos­i­tive about sem­i­nars and the boat show in gen­eral, lamented con­di­tions at the venue.

Hutchin­son Is­land Mar­riott is the cure. Busi­ness trav­el­ers and re­sort-go­ers alike hold the Mar­riott chain in high re­gard be­cause of its em­pha­sis on qual­ity and con­sis­tency through­out its prop­er­ties. The Stu­art re­sort of­fers large climate- and light­ing­con­trolled halls for sem­i­nars and mod­ern, well main­tained docks for the in-wa­ter show. The ho­tel’s Baha Grill restau­rant is highly re­garded and there is a tiki bar pool­side.

Be­sides our sig­na­ture sem­i­nars such as “Ev­ery­thing You Need To Know About Diesel En­gines,” “Hands- On Boat Han­dling,” “Cruis­ing Cuba” and “Boat­buyer’s Sur­vival Guide,” we are of­fer­ing new in­struc­tors and fresh top­ics, such as “Self-Suf­fi­ciency Through So­lar Power” and “Trou­bleshoot­ing Your Elec­tron­ics.”

Sem­i­nars are pre­sented Tues­day through Satur­day, Feru­ary 28 through March 4. The boat show and ven­dor tents are open Thurs­day through Satur­day.

“Our sug­ges­tion to our friends from cold-weather states is to in­clude TrawlerFest-Stu­art as part of a larger Florida va­ca­tion,” says Pas­sage­Maker As­so­ciate Pub­lisher Ge­off Leech. “Be­sides the re­sort’s great amen­ties, the Stu­art area is packed with fun things to see and do.” –Peter Swan­son

QUES­TIONS? Con­tact Me­gan at trawlerfest@pas­sage­ or (410) 990-9086 x22


The Hud­son 48 pow­er­cat is built by Hud­son Yacht & Ma­rine who also build high-per­for­mance car­bon sail­ing cata­ma­rans. De­signed by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht De­sign, the Hud­son 48PC shows sleek, func­tional de­sign while max­i­miz­ing in­te­rior space. The 48PC fea­tures a spa­cious master suite that spans the en­tire beam of the boat for­ward of the deck sa­loon. The deck level of the cabin opens to both hulls in an invit­ing and open man­ner. On the deck level it fea­tures a queen berth that you can ac­cess from ei­ther side, rather than hav­ing to scale over your bunk­mate. Mul­ti­ple over­head hatches and port­lights make the state­room bright and airy. On the star­board side, steps lead down into the hull for ac­cess to a full en suite with a sep­a­rate shower. Step­ping down into the port hull pro­vides ac­cess to a large closet along with an of­fice/van­ity.

The sa­loon comes with a few in­te­rior lay­out op­tions, in­clud­ing the choice for an in­te­rior bikini helm. The 48PC on dis­play in Fort Laud­erdale had for­gone the in­te­rior helm and opted in­stead for a bar area for­ward, with the only helm up on the fly­bridge deck. The sa­loon also fea­tures a size­able seat­ing area around a ta­ble, a sep­a­rate read­ing sofa, and an el­e­gant and func­tional U-shape gal­ley. As on many cats, the out­door spa­ces are im­mense, and the 48PC is no ex­cep­tion. The af­ter­deck hosts a large ta­ble with seat­ing for ten, and it feels like an ex­ten­sion of the sa­loon, with a large triple-panel slid­ing door

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