Trawlerfest and its wealth of information for mariners and aspiring cruisers will return to Baltimore this month to coincide with the completion of renovations at Harbor East Marina. Seminars run the gamut of the cruising world and will run Tuesday, September 25th through Saturday, September 29th with an in-water boat show running Thursday through Saturday.
The seminar “Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines” will be hosted by author Nigel Calder and columnist Steve Zimmerman and will be held from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Both Calder and Zimmerman are experienced cruisers with plenty of knowledge to pass along. This two-day session combines classroom time with hands-on engine time in a shop. It also combines theory and practical troubleshooting instruction.
“The Great Loop: How to Prepare, What to Expect,” with Kim Russo and other veteran loopers, will run from 1-4PM on Tuesday. Russo, executive director of America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, will give a detailed briefing and allow plenty of time to answer questions. She will also address which boats are most suitable and how to handle a budget.
Additional seminars throughout the event include “Cruising Hidden Florida,” “Practical Marine Weather,” “Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide,” “Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway,” “Guns & Governments: Local Laws on the East Coast & Down Island,” and many other interesting topics.
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By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating September 2018