he Pacific Northwest is one of the best places in the world to operate a trawler. The cruising grounds are so vast and so beautiful that you could easily spend a lifetime exploring and always find a new cove or secluded anchorage to enjoy. If you don’t own a trawler here, you can choose from several companies who offer charter services.
The trawler market remains strong with more buyers than trawlers available for sale and this has helped boat builders improve their backlog for those buyers patient enough to wait to commission a new trawler. The trawler boat building industry continues to strengthen, and the tide of momentum is surging with more new models announced and more production slots filled.
Jeff Merrill flew up to meet with clients and also presented his two most popular courses: Dialing-In-Your-Trawler on Thursday and Offshore Essentials on Friday. Many of the same people attended both classes, filling the rooms and listening intently as Jeff used his animated style to keep things lively and informative. Jeff’s mentor, Bruce Kessler, sat in on both talks and added additional words of wisdom, thank you Bruce! The entire slate of seminars covered an assortment of interesting topics and it was often difficult for attendees to decide which class to sit in on when there were great choices offered simultaneously.
The Cruisers Roundtable featured an all-star cast of trawler veterans. Jeff again resumed his role as moderator for the panel and helped keep the audience engaged as they listened to strong opinions and sage advice from those seated up front: Dylan Bailey, Eric Kunz, Pat Raines, Bruce Kessler, John Clayman, Stan Creighton and Dennis Fox formed the brain trust an impressive collection of “salty cruisers” who have been there, done that and still enjoy it. This is a town-hall format that relies on audience participation. Inquiries ranged from stabilization choices, to surveyor roles, navigation and weather questions, how many engine hours are acceptable as well as favorite places to cruise. PassageMakers’ Peter Swanson thoughtfully interrupted to stir things up when needed, and the crowd in attendance had all of their questions responded to with thoughtful insights.
The final TrawlerFest for 2018 will be held September 25 – 29 in Baltimore, Maryland. Seminars have already been announced and the JMYS team will be attending. Too early to know if we will have a trawler for sale on display, but we know that Jeff and Christopher Bruce are both going to be presenting. We welcome you to join us and look forward to hearing about what you did on your summer vacation.
Details for the Baltimore TrawlerFest are published on this web link:
For those students who attended Jeff’s talks in Bremerton you are invited to review the presentations and handouts posted here for a limited time. These resources will be online for downloading until the end of May and then be removed. Please review them while they are “live”. Thanks to all everyone we met in Bremerton, hope we can keep in touch!
Reminder: In addition to our trawlers for sale listings, JMYS now has TrawlerSkills videos for you to view on our YouTube channel. Our first two offerings discuss docking and running a windlass. If you would like, please sign up on our email newsletter list to receive announcements and keep informed about events, listings and videos.