VIDEO: AIM debuts International Cruising Boat Expo

The publishers of PassageMaker and Sail magazines are launching a new event in June for New England cruising enthusiasts.
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The publishers of PassageMaker and Sail magazines are launching a new event in June for New England cruising enthusiasts.

The International Cruising Boat Expo will combine educational seminars, a cruising boat show and social gathering in the tradition of PassageMaker’s long-running TrawlerFest event series. Active Interest Media’s Marine Group, the parent of PassageMakerSail and Soundings, decided on the new name to better explain the event’s appeal to a broader audience.

The expo is tailored for recreational boaters, power or sail, who cruise or want to cruise for long periods or live aboard their vessels.

The five-day event, to be held June 2-7 at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn., will include dozens of new and used sail and power cruising boats displayed in the water.

The event will feature 31 seminars, including one by Canadian Capt. Cheryl Barr, an expert on cruising to Cuba. Barr will discuss being prepared for a Cuba cruise, officialdom and the checking-in process (facts and myths), marine infrastructure (or lack thereof), routes for long- and short term cruises, and must-see sights and how best to access them.

For information about the International Cruising Boat Expo, call (954) 703-4789 or To see all of the seminars available and sign up, visit and