The Trawler community really came together with the publication of PassageMaker magazine in 1996. The premier issue cover heralded “The Trawler Phenomenon – Its Time Has Come” – a bit prophetic in hindsight! I can remember reading the first few issues and starting to understand the widespread appeal of trawlers to boaters worldwide. I’ve been a long time subscriber and look forward to devouring each new issue.
I met the magazines founders, Bill and Laurene Parlatore, in the early days and have enjoyed a nice friendship with them for many years and continue to stay in touch. Bill and I gathered in Galveston Bay, Texas to spend a few days together aboard a new Nordhavn 35 which turned in to the cover story –“Hospitality in Comfort – Texas ICW on a Nordhavn 35” – for the August, 2002 issue of PassageMaker.
Each issue brings a fresh perspective of what is happening on the waterfront and includes reviews of new designs, stories of cruisers and technical features.