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June 14, 2013
Anacortes, WA Trawler Fest May, 2013
By Jeff Merrill
Anacortes, WA is a terrific
trawler town.The proximity to the
San Juan Islands and Canadian waters make it a natural stepping off location
for marvelous cruising. I’ve visited Anacortes numerous times over the years on
Nordhavn business, so much so that is feels like home whenever I return.
This year’s Passage Maker magazine
Trawler Fest was another successful event. The Northwest market is rich in
trawler heritage, much from the glory days of the huge sea food fleets that
plied the waters from the Puget Sound to Alaska and a lot of that tradition and
nautical history remains in plain sight to all who visit the area.
Trawler Fest is a three day
extravaganza that blends a boat show with seminars and other land and water events
to celebrate the trawler lifestyle. What not everyone knows is that the two
days preceding Trawler Fest are set aside for Trawler Fest University – a
series of two day courses where you can choose to participate in either boat handling
classes or on-land classes to sharpen your cruising skills.
I was asked to conduct my “Cruising
from Point A to Point B” course for TFU, a compilation of photos, ideas,
handouts and on-board reviews based on my thousands of miles at sea to help boaters gain an
appreciation and understanding of what it is like to cast off andtravel on the
open water between ports.This
offshore preparation class was well attended by enthusiastic trawler owners
(and trawler owners-to-be)
and we shared ideas, preparations and lessons learned to provide guidance that
will make their next trips more successful.
The official Trawler Fest kicked off
on Wednesday and we had an extraordinary Nordhavn 60, Last Samurai, owned by
the MacClures from Australia who were marvelous
hosts.My sales colleague, Eric Leishman, who sold the boat, flew
up for the event and we were joined by our local Nordhavn sales team, Don Kohlmann and Barbara Lippert.
Last Samurai is
really an excellent new build.She
has the VIP forward cabin with island berth, a gorgeous cherry wood interior
and is the first 60 to get the innovative extended boat deck which covers the
cockpit.The interior is
tastefully decorated and very warmly presented. We have a nice video of Rick MacClure on our website –
here is the link.
The weather was superb with a little
bit of rain and wind, but I remember the days of sunshine best!There were a wide variety of trawlers
on display of all shapes and sizes – a great opportunity for buyers to
explore their options in a low key, casual setting.The Cap Sante marina is beautiful, nice docks and pilings,
good electrical and water, an all around first class facility.
Good friends Denis and Mary Umstot were around and brought their famous trawler, Teka
III for visitors to explore. I sat in on their talk about the new
version of Voyaging Under Power (the fourth edition) and waited in line to get my copy signed.
In addition to the trawlers on
display, Trawler Fest features a wide variety of seminars.I presented two, “Purchasing A Trawler”
and “Enjoying Your Trawler” to packed classrooms with a lot of great questions
and helpful information exchanged.
A number of Nordhavn owners were
present, in fact it was a little like “Old Home Week”. A special thank you to Rick and Dianne from the Nordhavn 60 Last Samurai, they truly were the
hit of the show.Rick took delivery in Dana Point and
traveled up to Anacortes to help us with the show and they have since departed
north bound to cruise Alaska.I
also counted a number of other Nordhavns in the marina – (1) 35, (3)
40’s, (1) 46, (1) 50, (1) 52, (3) 55’s, (2) 60’s …it’s truly a great staging
place for provisioning and then taking off to enjoy the wonders of Northwest cruising.Seeing all of the
Nordhavn owners and other trawler friends who make up this tight knit community
was a refreshing and inspiring experience and I look forward to getting back to
Anacortes again soon.
If you get the chance, I’d suggest
you figure out a way to get to any of the Trawler Fests, they are always a
wonderful experience and there is probably no better way to get such an in-depth exposure to the