TrawlerFest debuts new Florida location in January

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TrawlerFest found a new home in Florida at the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina.

TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach begins Jan. 20 with seminars and continues through Jan. 25. The in-water boat show begins on Jan. 22 and also continues through Jan. 25, featuring boats for long-term cruisers and liveaboards.

Located at 200 E. 13th St. in Riviera Beach, the new venue lies along the Intracoastal Waterway two miles south of Lake Park Marina, the site of last year’s event.

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker magazine’s standalone series of boat shows designed for power cruisers, strategically located in cruising regions nationwide.

In the past there was a distinction between TrawlerFest and TrawlerFest University. TrawlerFest University consisted of long seminars on Tuesday and Wednesday and TrawlerFest put on shorter seminars, the in-water boat show and vendor exhibits, opening on Thursday and running through Sunday.

TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach has added several longer TrawlerFest U-type courses and scheduled them in two-morning blocks (the equivalent of a full day) all the way through Sunday while maintaining a full schedule of short seminars at the same time. The goal is to give those who attend an opportunity to take more than one University-style course or any combination of longer and shorter seminars.

“Essentially we have taken our new team approach to our Diesel Engine Seminar and replicated with several other day-long seminars on topics such as Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide and Soup-to-Nuts Navigation,” PassageMaker editor-in-chief Peter Swanson said in a statement. “One of our goals is to educate our attendees as consumers and ensure that what they learn not only makes them better cruisers, but saves them money — hopefully more money than the price of the course.”

PassageMaker is owned by Active Interest Media, which also owns Soundings Trade Only.

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