TrawlerFest – Bremerton, WA – Recap – PassageMaker magazine – May 16 – 20, 2017

May is a great time to visit the Pacific Northwest, the rainy season is mostly over and the evergreen state lives up to her name.  PassageMaker magazine has hosted the TrawlerFest for many years each spring and Bremerton is a new venue.  Previous events have been held in Poulsbo and Anacortes, two ideal seaside towns to support an event of this scope.  I was curious how Bremerton, as a new location, would work out, and it exceeded my expectations and is a fantastic place to hold TrawlerFest.

Located a stone’s throw from the ferry stop at Bremerton, the PMM staff found a wonderfully convenient set up. The host hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, is 100 yards across the court yard to the Kitsap Conference Center (the convention center where the seminars were held) and then down a flight of steps to the Bremerton Marina docks.  Access to the boats on display was through the vendor tents.  I don’t recall attending a TrawlerFest (and I have been to dozens over 17 years) that has such a seamless layout making it easy for attendees and exhibitors alike to get down to business.

Before the boat show portion there was a series of VIP seminars including two that I sat in by Stan and Valerie Creighton, who own an FPB 64 and are building a new FPB 70.  There two outstanding talks were; “How We Went from Knowing Almost Nothing to World Cruising” – and – “Provisioning 202”.

Stan and Valerie owned a Selene 53 which they purchased for adventure after retirement and loved the trawler cruising lifestyle so much that they upgraded to the ultimate long-range trawler, an FPB. Both seminars were well attended and contained a wealth of important information and practical advice.

I was invited to present two seminars and also served as moderator for the Cruisers round table.

Thursday, I spoke to a packed classroom with the latest, updated, “Dialing-In-Your- Trawler” a very popular course which shares dozens of helpful hints and tips to help boaters with all types of trawlers improve their trawlers.

Friday and Saturday, I presented my new course, “Principles of Passagemaking”, which went into a detailed overview of navigating offshore including what you do while standing watch, conducting and engine room check and much more.

 

Friday afternoon we held the “Cruisers Roundtable”.  PMM’s Peter Swanson had to leave early and asked me to be the moderator. It was informative and fun with a great panel (Bruce Kessler, Steve Zimmerman, John Clayman, Robert Reeder, Dylan Bailey, Mark Bunzel, Devin Zwick, Ken Fickett and Jeff Merrill) propelled by excellent questions from the audience.

The classroom/learning aspect of TrawlerFest is always one of the highlights. PMM does a marvelous job of mixing things up so that there is something for everyone.  

The tents above the dock were filled with vendors; everything from water makers to marinas to insurance and finance, it was a welcome collection of interesting products and services.

The trawlers lined up in slips and on display were diverse in size, age and condition and the dock space was sold out with a waiting list of other hopeful participating boats.

Bremerton has a nice downtown area for walking around, it is a fun community with a lot going for it and a lot going on.

My wife Pam, and daughter Elle joined me this year and after landing in Seattle we drove around through picturesque Gig Harbor to reach Bremerton and stayed put throughout the event.  Saturday my longtime friend, Dennis Lawrence, from Kadey-Krogen invited us to cruise back to Seattle on the Krogen 48 Eventide.

Pam and Elle had fun driving the boat and it was beautiful being out on the water taking in a gorgeous spring evening.

On the Sunday after the event closed, we drove up to Port Townsend.  I marveled as the Kadey Krogen 44 that had been on display during the show cruised into the marina on their way north up to Alaska.  This eastern side of the Puget Sound has a lot of great seaport towns and scenic places to visit.

Attendees of my courses can download all of the handouts from the classes below (note: these will be removed from the website soon, so please download quickly).  I have also posted the PowerPoint talk from Dialing in your Trawler (a refresher with new updates if you have previously attended).

My favorite course was the new one, a two-day four-hours each session class, Principles of Passagemaking, which went into great detail about cruising offshore.  This talk is not available for download, but is being refined again and condensed to become a one-day four-hour seminar at the Bay Bridge, MD TrawlerFest in September.

Please also enjoy our Bremerton TrawlerFest photo gallery of the boats on display and people who were around as well as other interesting sights from the event.

The next TrawlerFest will be on the east coast at the Bay Bridge, MD venue – near Baltimore and across the bridge from Annapolis.   I’ll be doing more seminars, joining in on the town hall and will have the Nordhavn 55 Terrapin on display.  Registration is now open for Bay Bridge, you can click on the link below for more details. See you there!

https://www.passagemaker.com/trawlerfest/bay-bridge-2017

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

Course Handouts:  Please click on the handout below to download.

Dial in your Trawler handouts and PPT

1 PMM Dial 1 Vessel Safety Check.pdf

2 PMM Dial 2 Trawler Performance Table rpm, speed, fuel burn and range.xls

3 PMM Dial 3 Nordhavn 55 Sample Engine Maintenance Log.xls

4 PMM Dial 4 Engine Room Temperature.xls

5 PMM Dial Ocean Navigator – Dialing In Your Trawler October 2013.pdf

Dialing in 2017 May 18 Bremerton WA final.pdf (very large file – might take awhile to download)

Principles of Passagemaking handouts

1 POP JMYS Owner Operator Hands on knowledge.pdf

2 POP JMYS Ships papers.pdf

3 POP JMYS Trawler Performance Table rpm, speed, fuel burn and range.xls

4 POP Nordhavn 5017 example Northern Ranger II US Coast Guard Requirements.doc

5 POP JMYS- Waste Management plan r.doc

6 POP JMYS blank Engine models and serial numbers form.xlsx

7 POP USCG Vessel Safety Check.pdg.pdf

8 POP Float Plan.pdf

9 POP Chapmans Danger zone.pdf

10 POP JMYS Ready for Sea – departure check list.xls

11 POP Nordhavn 5017 Northern Ranger II – Start up review.xls

12 POP JMYS Cruising log template.xlsx

13 POP JMYS Hourly watch check list.xls

14 POP JMYS blank Underway Trip Log N55.xls

15 POP JMYS watch schedule 3 and 4 crew.doc

16 POP Nordhavn 5017 Northern Ranger II  – Engine room temperature watch and inspecton list.xls

17 POP JMYS – Arrival at destination checklist rev. 5.14.17.xls

18 POP JMYS Nordhavn 55 _______Sample Engine Maintenance Log.xlsx

19 POP  4732 Bluewater Welcome Aboard.doc

20 POP Trawler library and websites.docx

21 POP Principles of PassageMaking Seminar Feedback form.docx

 

 

A Steel Nordhavn?

A Steel Nordhavn?  by Andy Nemier

As a Nordhavn owner (N62  INFINITY) and a Yacht Sales professional, I am and always on the lookout for long range boats.   

I’m currently engaged in a commercial ship delivery project in Norway.  My job is to ensure the safe and cost effective delivery of a diving support vessel from Norway to Singapore.  Often, it’s a frantic time managing thousands of details in a short period of time.  To help me focus on the project at hand, I start my day with a 5K run, and I usually find myself jogging along the commercial (or yacht club docks), and ‘tune-in’ to the local watercraft.  

Well, imagine my surprise when I found this “Nordhavn”.  Pretty cool, she’s 100’ long, by 23’ wide, and displaces 203 Tons.  I believe she runs as a General Cargo vessel now, but started life in 1965 as a Whaler, here in Norway.  She’s still registered in Aalesund and runs between the Norwegian & North Seas.  This thing is built for Bluewater,,, and it’s good to know our own Nordhavn’s are just as capable.

When PAE took their N40 on the around the world (ATW) circumnavigation that boat was named Nordhavn.  You just never know where a Nordhavn will show up next!.

 If you want to talk about Nordhavns, or any other long range trawlers, please send me an email.  I would love to hear from you!

 Andy Nemier can be reached best by email – andynemier.jmys@gmail.com