TrawlerFest Anacortes May 12th – 17th

Anacortes, WA   May 12th – 17th

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key cruising regions nationwide, TrawlerFest feature an impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, first-class education and demonstrations, the latest in marine products & services, and opportunities to share cruising adventures with fellow cruisers, industry experts and your favorite PassageMaker writers.

TrawlerFest is more than a boat show; it’s where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere. Visit for a detailed list of all seminars and events scheduled.  Below are details on seminars that we will be participating in.

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 – 13, 8:30am – 5:30pm (Both Days)
Presented by: Nigel Calder, Steve Zimmerman, Engine Manufacturers and Industry Representatives
Lead presenters are the dream team of Nigel Calder, author of Marine Diesel Engines, and Steve Zimmerman, owner of four boatyards and with four decades of experience in marine engines and systems. The first day begins with basic theory, troubleshooting and maintenance in the morning. In the afternoon the class breaks into groups and rotates between three engine stations for hands-on work. Day two will continue with hands-on training and then focus on common engine problems seen in the boatyard, repowering, powertrain issues (from couplings to propellers), more hands-on with a session on electrical system troubleshooting with multi-meters, and generator installations, including critical safety issues related to AC systems. A factory rep will explain what government emissions regs mean for the consumer. There will be a session on modern software-based maintenance. The class ends with all the presenters on stage for panel discussion and audience Q&A.


Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented by: Craig Parkhurst

This seminar will provide details on the failure point of several common overlooked systems and equipment.  In addition, we will walk through the maintenance procedures, tools, and techniques required to complete this maintenance and discuss basic troubleshooting techniques associated with these failures.  Seminar is reliant on customer participation and maintenance questions and insight are always welcome.


Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:45am-12:45pm

Presented by: Craig Parkhurst

We will analyze typical maintenance tasks and highlight those items that an average boater can handle and what should be left to the professionals.  For those DIY tasks, we will review some of the common tools and resources required to complete them safely and correctly.  In addition, we will discuss common approaches to maintenance and how to become more predictive in your approaches in an effort to reduce failure rates, increase longevity, and extend maintenance intervals.
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