NEWS & NOTES
Winter Boat Show Updates & Much More
The newest design from legendary naval architect, Steve Seaton, is the Northwest 63 trawler. The 63 features a commodious two- or three-stateroom layout, with three heads. Additional sleeping quarters include a pilot berth for overnight passages (or, just extra bunk space), and an optional saloon sofa that converts, bringing the total of comfortable overnight guests to nine. For those of you who like get your hands dirty, there is enough headroom in the engine room for most people to stand comfortably. Powered by twin John Deere diesels, the 63 will have a cruise speed around 8-12 knots, but speeds in the upper teens will be in reach when desired. Scheduled for delivery in 2018/19, the yacht is being imported by Seattle Yacht Sales. seattleyachts.com
ASPEN POWER CATAMARAN 30OB
Aspen Power Catamarans is excited to introduce their new 30-foot outboard design. This will be the first twin-engine model entering their lineup. To stay true to their unique hull form, they will have an asymmetrical engine setup. The starboard hull will carry a 200 horsepower motor on her transom, as the main thrust. On the port side, there will be a 25 hp high-thrust kicker motor mounted on a vertical jack plate, allowing it to be easily lifted out of the water when not in use. Just like with all Aspen designs, this outboard model will cruise on the main engine which will allow for a top speed just under 28 knots. This 30 foot outboard is designed to maximize fuel economy around 22 to 24 knots. At lower speeds you can combine the smaller, 25 horsepower engine, with the main engine to provide better maneuverability for tasks as docking or other close-quarters maneuvering. The smaller engine will also be able to be operated independently for activities like sport fishing or trolling.. Concurrently, Aspen Power Catamarans will also be introducing a similar outboard package option for their current C90 and C100 models. aspenpowercatamarans.com
KADEY-KROGEN 50 OPEN
Having just celebrated a 40th birthday last summer, Kadey-Krogen Yachts has been plenty busy of late, with a new model just delivered—the 50 Open—and a new, planing-hull brand (SUMMIT Motor-Yachts) ready to go into production. But, since she’s just recently arrived on U.S. shores, let’s talk about the 50. The Open style is a new twist for the builder known for ocean-ready, raised pilothouse trawlers. The new model features every bit the same offshore capabilities and attention to quality and details, but also features sweeping and uninterrupted views from her aft deck, saloon, galley, and helm. The 50 Open is true to its name: that is, putting the cruising focus on livability and community. Perhaps not unprecedented, but certainly unusual, is that one of the company owners, Larry Polster, decided he needed to take a more active part in the cruising lifestyle whose virtues he has espoused for decades. If you see a new Kadey-Krogen out there named Together, then there’s a good chance that Larry and his wife (plus, possibly an editor or two) will be enjoying time aboard. kadeykrogen.com
DEVLIN’S NEWEST LAUNCHES: SURF SCOTER 23 & BANJO 20
Two new builds from the mind of Sam Devlin come this handsome little 23-footer, the Surf Scoter 23, and the Banjo 20. The Surf Scoter is the first 23 in the series and the first to feature outboard power. Her lightweight-but-sturdy frame and trademark styling is all you’d need for short jaunts up the coast—or, just about the sweetest
commuter boat going. Powered by a 150 horsepower Mercury outboard, the Scoter can get up and move, too, clocking in at 32 knots during sea trials. Find out more about the Surf Scoter 23 and Devlin’s newest build, the Banjo, online at devlinboat.com.
Another Pacific Northwest boatbuilder, Tomco Marine (better known as the builders of American Tugs) also has plans for a new 2018 launch. Set to splash later this spring (April or May, we are told by Tomco’s Steve Scruggs), the Waypoint 36 will carry a slightly stripped-down feature set to her established cousin, the American Tugs 365. This boat will feature a nicely arranged saloon/galley combination, with steps up to the pilothouse. From the renderings, excellent visibility will surround the helm and seating areas. A larger-than-you-wouldimagine electronics console with dual MFDs and twin staterooms is offered in a package starting at $350,000. americantugsandtrawlers.com
FACEBOOK IS CHANGING, HERE IS HOW TO KEEP US IN YOUR NEWSFEED
Facebook is changing the formula it uses to determine what appears in your news feed, putting a preference on status updates by friends and family. “Since there’s more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what’s in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do—help us connect with each other,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post. This means you’re more likely to see posts and photos shared by friends and family in your network than you are posts by businesses, brands, and the media—like PassageMaker. More cute baby photos and fewer posts on the best shoes for travel might be a welcome relief, but we know that many people use Facebook to get their news.
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DATES SET FOR 2018 TRAWLERFESTS
Cruisers, mark your calendars. Dates for TrawlerFest in Bremerton in Washington State and Baltimore, Maryland, have been set. Bremerton happens May 1-6 and Baltimore, Sept. 25-29. (As previously announced, TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida, is scheduled for March 6-11.)
Baltimore is the big news, however— TrawlerFest is returning to the city after three years on Kent Island. The venue
will be the newly renovated Harbor East Marina, surrounded by tiny shops, fine restaurants, and cool taverns.
Picturesque Bremerton is located on one of the protected harbors of Puget Sound and serves as a gateway to one of the greatest playgrounds in the United States. The Olympic Peninsula is a place of mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes, mountain streams, and the Pacific Ocean. Within its corporate limits, Bremerton has the best-equipped Navy Yards in the United States, constantly overhauling and repairing warships.
The ferry from Seattle takes an hour and docks a short walk from Bremerton Marina.
The city of 38,000 has a lively restaurant scene, including the wellregarded Saboteur Bakery, just off the Manette Bridge, Mexican flair at El Balcon, and Korean at another hot-spot, Suzy’s Kitchen. 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. The marina and adjacent conference rooms are top-notch.
Pre-registration for Bremerton is available now at: www.goo.gl/mbBJZx