March is chilly in many parts of the world, but we were fortunate enough to recently spend a week in sunny Stuart, FL. We love kicking off the annual TrawlerFest series by joining everyone else who participates in PassageMaker magazine’s first event of the year.
We were particularly pleased to have our listing, NaviGator, a 2005 Nordhavn 47 on display. The JMYS team in attendance included: Jeff, Pam, Elle, and Jonn Merrill plus Christopher and Alexandra Bruce.
On Monday, before the show began, Jeff and Elle sailed NaviGator up the coast from Fort Lauderdale with her owner Mike at the helm. (Read more about Elle’s impressions about that magic Monday delivery here >> NaviGating to the Stuart, Florida TrawlerFest
Jeff got things rolling on Wednesday with his first talk “Offshore Essentials”. This course reviewed helpful information for those sailors who want to know more about cruising underway offshore during extended trips. Jeff’s materials provided both an introduction and a refresher for trawler owner operators. Topics included: safety, navigation, engine room checks and watch standing and all peppered with funny stories from Jeff’s experiences with clients aboard various trawlers over the years. “Offshore Essentials” was as entertaining as it was informative.
(All three PowerPoint presentations mentioned in this article are linked near the end of this article and available for you to download for a limited time only).
Thursday was the show’s first day of the in-the-water-show and NaviGator was a start attraction! Jeff, Christopher, Elle, and Mike gave nonstop tours of the boat. We have found that engaging with our visitors, personally showing the highlights and listening to their thoughts is truly the best way to let people understand a sophisticated and long range capable trawler like NaviGator (here is a link to the dedicated NaviGator website if you’d like to see more – photos, specifications, 360’s and video). Many enthusiastic trawler-goers climbed aboard and the number of shoes on the dock grew throughout the day as more people came to check her out. We think that being the only Nordhavn at the event made her an even larger attraction (the fact that she is a previous People’s Choice award winner also helped)! The day flew by and we didn’t really get time to take a lunch break. This “all work and all play” trend continued on throughout all three days. We were regularly backed up with a line of folks interested in seeing her and appreciate all who thanked us at the end of their tour complementing NaviGator and assuring us it was well worth the wait.
Jeff grabbed the lectern again on Friday, to teach his “Dialing In Your Trawler” class which focuses on numerous ways you can improve and monitor your on board equipment and systems. As in the past, the class was packed with eager-to-learn, note taking trawler owners. Jeff touched on solutions to common problems and techniques learned from our clients – all illustrated through a large collection of photos showcasing these ideas and suggestions.
After answering questions at the end of the “Dial-In” class, it was time for the “Cruisers Perspective – A Town Hall Meeting” to begin. As he has for the past couple of years, Jeff served as the MC/moderator. This seasoned collection of veteran cruisers fielded audience questions and told personal stories from their years of at sea adventures. The panel featured a who’s who of trawler experts joining Jeff and included: Bruce Kessler, Andrea Gaines, Dylan Bailey, John Clayman, Eric Kunz, Chris Parker, Ken Fickett and Steve Zimmerman.