North­west TrawlerFest Gets New Digs

Passage Maker - - News & Notes - By Jonathan Cooper

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.

Turner Joy.

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.


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.

Richard Boland (USA) (510) 610-6213;

Trevor Brice (Canada) (604) 377-6650; tbrice@north­paci­fi­cy­


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.

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