NEWS & NOTES

Win­ter Boat Show Up­dates & Much More

Passage Maker - - Contents - –P. Swan­son

NORTH­WEST 63

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.

WAY­POINT 36

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

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