PassageMaker Magazine Issue Number One


I’ve known Bill and Laurene Parlatore since my sailboat building days…we met shortly after PassageMaker magazine was first published.  At that time, I was the sales VP at cruising sailboat builder Pacific Seacraft and we were introducing a new “fast trawler” designed by Bruce King of Ericson sailboat fame.  Back in the late 90’s it was a growing trend for sailboat builders to offer a trawler to keep their clientele in the same company family.  Aging sailors who wanted to stay out on the water also coveted the conveniences and advantages of switching from sail to power.  Sailboat builder Freedom Yachts introduced the Legacy power boats and Sabre Yachts, known for their sailboats, developed Sabreline motor yachts.  Kadey-Krogen and Grand Banks had figured this out a few years earlier and most notably the Mason sailboats from PAE in Dana Point, CA gave way to the Nordhavn line of offshore trawlers.

Pacific Seacraft ran ads in PassageMaker (my wife Pam and I were the models driving the 38T) and when I left Pacific Seacraft to work with PAE I became immersed in the trawler world (which, as a sailor, did take some getting used to).  Nordhavn was an original and regular advertiser so I had many opportunities to speak with Bill and Laurene at boat shows and events across the country.

 

 

 

When the Nordhavn 35 Coastal Pilot was introduced (I was the project manager), PassageMaker did a cover story article in August, 2001.  I met Bill in Texas to go for a couple day cruise together and put the 35 through her paces. We got to know each other well being ship mates, and have stayed in touch ever since.

When I travel to Annapolis, I try to visit Bill and Laurene.  Prior to the 2016 Bay Bridge TrawlerFest, Bill invited me for lunch at the Annapolis Yacht Club (the temporary location across the water, the original club house is being rebuilt after the fire).  We had a great time talking (something we are both good at!) and a delightful lunch, reminiscing about boating friends, our shared joy for golden retrievers and, of course, trawlers.  Bill didn’t know it, but I had in my possession a copy of PassageMaker magazine issue number 1 that I was hoping to get signed. Bill told me about his motorcycle trip to Florida and the lightbulb moment when he met with Kurt Krogen to talk about trawlers and realized then that not only were this niche of boats becoming increasingly popular, but that there wasn’t really a dedicated publication available to inform readers.  There was a huge void – builders wanted to tell their stories and place advertisements, but didn’t have a resource to do so (remember, this was in the dark ages before the internet).

The history and success of PassageMaker, a classic dining room table initial layout venture, is well known.  There is no doubt that Bill and Laurene not only timed it perfectly, but deserve a great deal of credit for bringing the trawler phenomenon to the mainstream.   In our small, tight knit trawler community, the first “aha” was Robert Beebe’s book “Voyaging Under Power” a challenge to our sail-only mentality that made a convincing case that is was possible, practical, acceptable and, OK, FUN to take a properly designed power boat and cross oceans, going to places that has previously only been visited by sailboats.  Currently available in the fourth edition.

The second “aha” for power voyaging enthusiasts was PassageMaker magazine which brought the trawler lifestyle into our living rooms and gave us the inspiration and encouragement that we too, as active adventure seekers, could buy a trawler, learn the ropes and then go out to discover and explore, mostly as an owner operator couple without professional crew.

Timing is everything and I’ve been very fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to have a front row, pilothouse seat. to watch the growth and recognition of the trawler power cruising culture from the start –  I forget that not everyone knows the history.  I meet people who are newly attracted to cruising on a trawler and don’t know the back ground.  Those of us who watched it happen know this, but for folks who have recently discovered trawlers and long distance power cruising, let me tie it all together, Robert Beebe’s boat was called PassageMaker, hence the perfect title for a magazine dedicated to saluting the principles he laid out about cruising across oceans in a properly designed power yacht.

With technology and the internet, a lot of things have changed.  I’m writing about books and magazines, things that take time to read and require some concentration and a fair amount of attention span.   The way we live with short sentence blurbs, photos and videos dominating our cell phones, tablets and computers – it is a wonder there are many left who enjoy the quiet time and escape that reading provides.  I’m hoping that, like vinyl records which were dormant for twenty years, books and magazines will make a comeback, but we may have to wait for the next generation.

I have always been a collector (my wife Pam corrects me to say “accumulator” – I have a tough time throwing things away and that sounds better than being a pack rat) and one of my prize discoveries that I covet and have read more than once is a First edition of Voyaging Under Power.  It is a classic and it is nice to hold it in my hands and turn the pages.  I love to read a good old fashioned book, but at the same time admit I find it more convenient to travel with E-Books and enjoy reading on my IPad Kindle app.

The same thing has happened to me regarding magazines.   I used to love reading PassageMaker because it was my only passport to arm chair trawler travel and an escape (like being offshore and out of cell phone /email range) to learn what had been going on in the power cruising world. PMM is still an important publication, but I don’t have to wait between issues to get my trawler “fix”.  I can search all over the internet, log on to manufacturer websites and read about active cruisers on their blogs.   There will always be a place for hard copy books and coffee table magazines, but they seem to be jettisoned when they overwhelm their allocated shelving in our homes.

Fortunately for me, one of my good friends, Guy Bugbee, sent me his entire collection of PassageMaker magazines – starting with issue one – when I heard he was purging I asked if I could splurge and gobble them up. Thanks again, Guy, In the grand scheme of things this is not like owning a vintage issue number one rare super hero comic book, but to me it is more significant.  Bill and Laurene significantly influenced my yacht broker career which was shaped by the wonderful lifestyle they showed us we all can aspire to.  Many of us in the boating industry can point a finger (thumbs up) to Bill and Laurene for launching the avalanche that continues to snowball. So, without getting mushy or sentimental let me just say I was very excited to show Bill I had a copy of PMM#1 while we had lunch in Annapolis.

My reason for bringing the premiere issue with was in the hopes that that Bill and Laurene would sign the cover of my copy.  Since Laurene couldn’t make the Annapolis YC lunch, we agreed that they would come to see me on the trawler I had on display at the Bay Bridge TrawlerFest, Retired Sailor III, a 73’ aluminum fast trawler that may not have ever been conceived without the inspiration of the magazine.  It was a rainy day, (perfect for being inside a pilothouse instead of soaking in a sailboat cockpit) we had a full house on board, but it was a very happy moment for me to have my photo taken with Bill and Laurene showing off PMM#1. We reminisced about the publication, how it truly struck a chord with passionate sailors who wanted to stay out cruising and the rest, as they say, is history.

I now have that first issue framed and it is a cherished memento to remind me of how my career path has been defined.  It has been a wonderful journey so far, with no ETA or destination in sight.  We just need to take on fuel and provisions every so often and then continue.

Than you, Bill and Laurene, for creating PassageMaker magazine and for your enduring friendship!

 

Don’t be afraid to go Outside! – Yachts Miami Beach 2017

Thank you very much for attending the CruiserPort section of the Yachts Miami Beach boat show and for sitting in on my class.  It is always very satisfying for me to speak to a group and share some of what I have learned over the past thirty plus years working with cruising clients.  The trawler lifestyle is a wonderful way to enjoy time on the water and I hope you returned home inspired. Here are the handouts and PowerPoint presentation material as promised.

The time sensitive information has been removed, but may still be available. Please sign up for the JMYS newsletter to inquire. Or, put “Miami 2017” in the subject line of your email to Jeff.Merrill@JMYS.com.

Trawler Fest – Stuart Florida 2017

PassageMaker magazine TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL Feb 28 – March 4, 2017

TrawlerFest is moving their Florida venue to Hutchinson Island Marina in Stuart, FL.  There will be an impressive selection of new and used trawlers on display during the boat show.

The TrawlerFest series highlights education and there is always a wide variety of seminars taught by industry professionals.  Jeff Merrill will be at the event all days and is participating in the cruisers round table as well as teaching two separate courses.

SEMINARS: TUESDAY, FEB. 28 – SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: THURSDAY, MARCH 2 – SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

Show open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

TICKETS: General Admission is $15 in advance, $18 onsite

Here is a link to find out about show hours, local hotels, etc.

http://www.passagemaker.com/events/trawlerfest-stuart-fl-2017/

Jeff Merrill and Ray Danet will be walking the docks, please flag us down or give us a call if you would like to meet up and spend some time in person.

Jeff cell: 949.355.4950

Ray cell: 772.220.6823

Our Nordhavn 57 listing, Diversion, will not be at the show, but we can make arrangements to get you on board if you would like to take a closer look.  Here is a link to details on Diversion: Nordhavn 57 – DIVERSION

The following are descriptions of the seminars Jeff will be presenting.

FRIDAY

Dial-In Your Trawler, With Jeff Merrill Friday, March 3, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Over the years and through his experiences on hundreds of trawlers, yacht broker Jeff Merrill has amassed a collection of “good ideas” and “best practices” that trawler owners are using to better monitor their vessels. These simple and effective techniques apply to most power cruising boats. Tricks of the trade and helpful reminders will help take some of the guesswork out of tracking various systems and equipment on board your trawler. Little details like reference marks for needles on analog gauges, a dry-erase board in your engine room, anchor chain marking and many other common-sense tips make this an engaging and informative seminar that you won’t want to miss. Merrill will share photos of these ideas and also discuss an assortment of products that you should consider using on your trawler that will not only make your life more enjoyable, but may also favorably affect your eventual resale value.

Cruisers Roundtable, With Bruce Kessler, Andrea Gaines, Jeff Merrill, Dylan Bailey, John Clayman, Rudy Sechez and Steve Zimmerman

Friday, March 3, 2-4 p.m.

In this “town hall” event, Our panel of veteran cruisers will field audience questions on a wide-range of topics, sea stories always resulting. Circumnavigator Bruce Kessler can discuss what it’s like to spend months and months treading blue water. Andrea Gaines has a lifetime of boating experience in which she has accumulated tens of thousands of nautical miles in fair and foul weather. Jeff Merrill is a yacht broker, author and trawler specialist with thousands of cruising miles with clients. Surveyor Dylan Bailey is a veteran cruiser who learned to build boats with his father. John Clayman is a prominent East Coast yacht broker, cruiser, racer and all around boat guy. Rudy Sechez and his wife built their own “sail assisted trawler” and have been living aboard simply and economically ever since. Steve Zimmerman can discuss repairs and boatyards from the point of view of both a cruiser and boatyard owner.  Peter Swanson, who cruised down-island on a shoestring, will moderate.

SATURDAY

Under Way, With Jeff Merrill Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you have never travelled offshore on a trawler and would like to know what to expect, or just want a refresher to remind you what it is like, this seminar will help paint the picture. Most trawler owner/operators enjoy cruising between ports and develop their own routines.  When you are always on the same boat it’s harder to pick up new techniques.  There is always a new lesson to be learned and tips to share. Jeff Merrill is a well-known yacht broker specializing in trawlers who spends time training with his customers after the purchase and, as a result, has amassed an informative and entertaining collection of photos, ideas and stories to share. Being on the move safely and comfortably helps insure we all have a great experience on the water. Merrill will touch on weather, navigation, pilothouse operations, engine room checks and more.

Yachts Miami Beach Seminar – February 17, 2017

Yachts Miami Beach Seminar – February 17, 2017

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If you are planning to visit the brokerage show, please mark your calendar for a Friday afternoon seminar taught by Jeff Merrill.

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Here is the topic and course description.

Don’t Be Afraid to Go “Outside” presented by Jeff Merrill

Date:  Feb 17, 2017 | Time: 2:30PM to 3:30PM | Location: Cruiseport

Over the years and through his experiences on hundreds of boats, yacht broker Jeff Merrill has amassed a collection of “good ideas” and “best practices” to help new owners prepare for that fateful day when they leave the safety of inland waters for open ocean. Being on the move safely and comfortably helps insure we all have a great experience on the water. Merrill will touch how to prepare yourselves and your boat, including tips on weather, navigation, helm operations, engine room checks and more.

For more information, & to RSVP, visit http://www.passagemaker.com/locations/miami-beach/

Send class registration confirmations to CRUISERPORT@PASSAGEMAKER.COM

Donald Allen joins JMYS

We are very pleased to announce the addition of Donald Allen to the JMYS team. Donald is now formally licensed and bonded in Florida and has joined us as a yacht sales consultant.  Donald is located in Newport, Rhode Island, the sailing capital of the world, and will be helping cover the eastern United States while working out of the JMYS Florida office. Donald is also a member of the IYBA (International Yacht Brokers Association).

The sea has been part of Donald’s whole life.  Having grown up in the tiny fishing village of Rockport MA, he starting boating at a very young age.  His passion for the ocean led him to a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.  Donald has spent his career in the offshore industry on vessels ranging from 12 feet up to 329 feet aboard the USNS Pathfinder operating various sonar equipment and as a subsea navigator.  Donald has traveled the world extensively while working at sea.  He was also part of the 1992 Americas Cup campaign with the America3 Foundation.

Donald and his wife Claudia currently own a 27-foot Formula, but are looking to make the move to a larger trawler and live their life at sea.

You can reach Donald directly via:

Email:  donallen.jmys@gmail.com

Mobil phone: +1 617-908-7795

Donald Allen

Donald is now formally licensed and bonded in Florida and has joined us as a yacht sales consultant.  Donald is located in Newport, Rhode Island, the sailing capital of the world, and will be helping cover the eastern United States while working out of the JMYS Florida office. Donald is also a member of the IYBA (International Yacht Brokers Association).

The sea has been part of Donald’s whole life.  Having grown up in the tiny fishing village of Rockport MA, he starting boating at a very young age.  His passion for the ocean led him to a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.  Donald has spent his career in the offshore industry on vessels ranging from 12 feet up to 329 feet aboard the USNS Pathfinder operating various sonar equipment and as a subsea navigator.  Donald has traveled the world extensively while working at sea.  He was also part of the 1992 Americas Cup campaign with the America3 Foundation.

Donald and his wife Claudia currently own a 27-foot Formula, but are looking to make the move to a larger trawler and live their life at sea.

You can reach Donald directly via:

Email:  donallen.jmys@gmail.com

Mobil phone: +1 617-908-7795