Spring is definitely in the air and great cruising months of June, July and August are right around the corner. No better way to get ready for the glory days of summer explorations in the Pacific Northwest than by attending TrawlerFest.
This will be the second year in a row that the NW TrawlerFest is being held in Bremerton. I think it is a fantastic venue; right by the ferry, classrooms for seminars a short walk across the plaza from the hotel, a tent tunnel filled with vendors pouring out to a dock load of trawlers.
JMYS will not have a trawler on display this year, but Jeff will be in town through Friday and would love to meet with you.
The in-water show and outdoor vendor tent is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
If you are going to attend please send an email or call, either in advance or at the event.
Jeff will be giving two presentations, Dial-in-your-Trawler and Offshore Essentials as well as moderating the ever-popular Cruisers Roundtable group free for all.
Here is a link to Bremerton TrawlerFest for details about attending.
Here are the course descriptions for Jeff’s two seminars, please sign up and register soon as they are filling up.
Dial-In Your Trawler
With Jeff Merrill, CPYB
Thursday: 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.
With Jeff Merrill, CPYB
Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Traveling between ports requires understanding and knowledge of some fundamental skills to ensure a safe trip. This course is designed to be both an introduction and a refresher for owner operators and their crew. Yacht broker and all-around boat guy, Jeff Merrill will cover basics of weather forecasting, route planning, watch standing, engine room checks, pilothouse navigation/electronics operations, and much more. If you are interested in transiting between sea ports for overnight passages on your trawler this course will review the essential preparations required. Merrill has logged more than 14,000 miles offshore on trawlers and has spent the majority of that time training with clients on systems teaching them how to manage and operate their boats. His talk includes photos and illustrations and examples of checklists.
If you have already been to one of Jeff’s talks take a look at the schedule, there are some excellent speakers to chose from to increase your trawler knowledge.
Hope to see you soon in Washington!