Northwest TrawlerFest Gets New Digs
It was an excellent run for TrawlerFest-Anacortes, the quaint town in northern Washington State that, for nearly a decade, hosted our regional, spring seminar series and inwater boat show. This year, we’ve decided to mix it up and move our northwest TrawlerFest 100 miles south-southwest to the city of Bremerton, Washington.
Situated on the north shore of Sinclair Inlet, Bremerton is accessible either by car from the Kitsap Peninsula or via a 60-minute, picturesque ferry ride from downtown Seattle. This slice of Puget Sound also happens to hold some of the best—and least—publicized cruising in the Northwest, from Silverdale all the way to Olympia.
Since 1891, Bremerton has held the distinction of operating one of the longest-running naval shipyards on the West Coast. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is still an active facility, but for visitors, there are sights aplenty, including a heritage museum as well as tours aboard the retired destroyer, U.S.S.
Bremerton offers plenty, too, for the non-Navy buffs among you. From excellent, upgraded marina and seminar facilities, to great dining options, including the renowned Boatshed, Toro Lounge, and Saboteur, a world-class (we wouldn’t kid about these things) bakery that earns nothing but rave reviews.
We are thrilled for another great year for TrawlerFest, and hope you will join us at this great new location.
TWO NEW EXPLORER MOTORYACHTS
Mark Campion, Chief Executive at Explorer Motor Yachts, has developed two new models for his range of raised pilothouse yachts: the 58, which has a few hulls built to date, and a 62-footer, which is said to debut later this year. All Explorer models are built at a yard near Shanghai, though the company has mostly English roots.
When looking for a designer for the renewed line, Campion chose Australia- based Mark Williamson who has earned a career inking everything from small workboats to megayachts and fast ferries. The 58 and 62 lines are fetching, too, with both yachts sporting traditional sheer for raised pilothouse cruisers, a substantial amount of bow flare, and handsome fashion plates that provide weather protection from the side decks, starting amidships, to the covered afterdeck/ dining area. Underneath lies a semi- displacement hull with a deep central keel.
Now under construction, the 62 Explorer ( pictured on page 28) is particularly sleek. Despite the slightly more
upright appearance to the front of the house, the boat is an intriguing blend of traditional and contemporary, with her interiors sporting more angular, Euro- styling. On the exterior, the boat is well proportioned fore to aft, and true to her raised pilothouse pedigree, offers owners great entertaining options throughout the boat.
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TRIDENT SOLARA 62
Another new-to-market 60-footer scheduled for public unveiling is the Solara 62. Based on the same platform as the modern-looking Trident series from Outer Reef, the Solara is a new take on the motoryacht design released at Cannes and U.S. boat shows in 2016. The Trident series sports a distinctive, nearly plumb bow, with loads of freeboard, making interior space plentiful. The fit-out is as nice as you’d expect with any Outer Reef model, but the Solara is a slightly different animal. Eschewing the flying bridge for a sedan style with a massive sunroof, the boat has great proportion and aesthetic appeal without the superstructure, weight up top, and extra windage. With the sunroof and a serious dedication by the designer for natural light cut-outs in the hull and house, the Solara seems like it will live true to its sun-worshipping moniker.