America’s great chronicler of ocean rescues and survival at sea, Michael Tougias will headline the 2016 TrawlerFest on the Chesapeake. Besides Tougias, TrawlerFest offers 24 seminars designed to help make cruising safer, more enjoyable and less expensive.
Tougias has conducted extensive research about how people have survived disasters and obstacles that most of us shudder to think about. He shares what he has learned about decision-making under pressure from researching his six national bestsellers: A Storm Too Soon, Overboard!, Rescue of the Bounty, Ten Hours Until Dawn, Fatal Forecast, and The Finest Hours (A Disney movie released earlier this year). Tougias fascinates by demonstrating how survivors channeled and managed their energy, making proactive, lifesaving decisions.
The TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series runs Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at Bay Bridge Marina, located at the foot of the Cheseapeake Bay Bridge on Kent Island. The program includes signature in-depth seminars on diesel engines, hands-on boat handling and mastering the boat buying process. Dozens of power cruisers will be open for inspection on the docks and vendors will be on hand to demonstrate products and services.
For the uninitiated, trawler yachts are powerboats designed for long periods of cruising or living aboard. Some of the brand names in this niche are Fleming, Marlow, Grand Banks, Nordhavn, Ranger Tugs and Nordic Tug. TrawlerFest is brought to you by the people who publish PassageMaker magazine, The Power Cruising Authority.
But don’t let references to “power” put you off. TrawlerFest is for sailors too. In fact, we like to say that almost all our seminars are “propulsion agnostic” with presenters experienced in power and sail. Here are some of the actual seminar titles:
“Everything You Need to Know About Diesel Engines,”, “Boatbuyer’s Survival Guide,” “Hands-On Boat Handling,”Maintaining a Cruising Powerboat,” “The Great Loop,” “Basic Weather” & “Advanced Weather,” “Navigation for Couples,” “Couples Cruising (With Pets),” “Cruising the ICW with Chris & Alyse Caldwell,” “Getting the Most From Your Radar,” “Guns & Governments: Firearms Laws on the East Coast & Down Island,” “Provisioning Tips from the Pros,” “Bluewater Cruising: Preparing Yourself & Your Boat” and “What To Look For Before You Hire A Surveyor.”
Tougias presents two illustrated seminars, both on Saturday Oct. 1. The first, beginning at 10:45 a.m., is called “Survive & Thrive: Decision-Making From Those Who Have Overcome All Odds.” The second, called “The Finest Hours,” is the seminar-series grand finale and begins at 3:30 p.m. (See related story).
For more information, visit www.passagemaker.com or call 443-745-7785.