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Old 03-10-2019, 10:59 AM   #1
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Passage Maker trawler fest - worst money i have spent

drove from Pensacola to Stuart to my first/last Passage-maker Trawler fest. I went to see vendors and hopeful find a couple that I am interested in for next projects.

I have read on forum about deals and vendors at past fest, boy what a difference. This on might have had 12 vendors, 3 or four were finance, insurance, or new boat sells. So nothing for me and $18 admission, I told the nice ladies on the way out, 20 minutes after going in, and got the usual deer in the headlight look from them.

Never get fooled again. Unless you want to look at some boats or need a seminar, don't waste your time.

I know this one is over today but just for the future.
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Thatís too bad. I used to live in Mobile and remember how long of a drive over to Cocoa.

However perhaps these boutique ďFestsĒ like that arenít so relevant anymore. There are almost infinite info and reviews available online, then you can always visit West Marine and other vendors for some hands-on time. Then there is the big Miami boat show. Etc.
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Like the magazine...more about money than run of the mill boaters from many of the reports over the last couple of years.


Back in the 90s, I had a blast working a couple and I think the average visitor was getting their money's worth.
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They used to have list of exhibitors in advance on the website. No more?
You can't beat the Miami show for seemingly everything under the sun (or should I say over the water) related to boats. I used to spend two or three days there just talking with vendors about my current or prospective equipment. Ft. Lauderdale is also excellent and even without a show going on, virtually every thing is available to buy or visit within a two mile radius of Lester's Dinner.
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They used to have list of exhibitors in advance on the website. No more?
You can't beat the Miami show for seemingly everything under the sun (or should I say over the water) related to boats. I used to spend two or three days there just talking with vendors about my current or prospective equipment. Ft. Lauderdale is also excellent and even without a show going on, virtually every thing is available to buy or visit within a two mile radius of Lester's Dinner.
Letís see, itís 4:36...if I leave right now, I can be eating poached eggs on corned beef hash at Lesterís by 7...sounds good
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Some years ago I attended the Trawler fest in San Diego. I lasted about 10 minutes before leaving as it was a real dud.
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I don't think they have been worth much since Georgs Kolesnikovs sold out.
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Since Bill Partalore sold PMM it has gone downhill. I used to spend a lot of time studying every issue of the magazine and then would refer to it many times in later years, now I read the magazine once and never find a need to go back and refer to it.

The Trawler Fests used to be really good as late as the 2000 era. Now I would not go since there isnít much to see. Maybe if I was a newbie and wanted the seminars but otherwise not worth it.
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I let my PMM subscription lapse a couple years ago and I haven't really missed it with so much information available online, including this site. It seemed like it was becoming pretty thin on content and ad-heavy although I did like reading what Zimmerman and Nigel Calder had to say.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:27 PM   #10
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We were planning to attend Trawlerfest Seattle in April. Maybe we should rethink. Last one we attended was 8+ years ago in Anacortes.
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Passage Maker trawler fest - worst money i have spent

I went to Trawler Fest twice but it was to attend seminars: I went to Bob Smithís diesel workshop twice and it was worth it because I knew nothing about Diesel engines...sometimes I think I still know not very much! Pam took the women and boating course. She quite enjoyed that. I also went to a short Steve DíAntonio lecture that was worthwhile. But the vendors? Not so much. I believe the Kadey Krogen folks were there, as were the Nordhaven people. But I probably wonít go to Trawlerfest again. Thereís now point. Vendor wise, you are better off going to one of the bigger boat shows.

I had an e-subscription to the PM magazine, but i let it lapse and I donít see the point to renewing it anymore. I get more out of Trawler forum than I do a magazine.

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Old 03-10-2019, 06:56 PM   #12
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Ditto Trawler fest Stuart couple years ago disappointing so won't do that again.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:28 PM   #13
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Ditto on the Baltimore trawler fest in Baltimore last fall - we were disappointed. My first was just North of West Palm Beach in the spring of 2014? That's when we get hooked on the trawlers. That was a good but small show with tons of used boats for sale and vendors.

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Agree 100%, my wife and I were firstimers to the recent Stuart TrawlerFest and we were grossly disappointed. We attended 2 seminars, one was simply a slideshow with a whole lot of superficial information on cruising FL waters. The other seminar was mildly useful but I would have probably got more useful information from the forum and books. As already stated there were few vendors and the ones there were not very interesting. Definitely not worth the time, effort or expense. Will not repeat in the future.
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Interesting. The Easter Bunny isn't real?? Tooth Fairy?
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We were planning to attend Trawlerfest Seattle in April. Maybe we should rethink. Last one we attended was 8+ years ago in Anacortes.
Same here. It's worth the drive to Seattle to see the kids and grandkids, drive by the marine stores, etc. I'd planned on going to Trawlerfest but I think I'll just spend that time bouncing a little one on my knee.
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drove from Pensacola to Stuart to my first/last Passage-maker Trawler fest. I went to see vendors and hopeful find a couple that I am interested in for next projects.

I have read on forum about deals and vendors at past fest, boy what a difference. This on might have had 12 vendors, 3 or four were finance, insurance, or new boat sells. So nothing for me and $18 admission, I told the nice ladies on the way out, 20 minutes after going in, and got the usual deer in the headlight look from them.

Never get fooled again. Unless you want to look at some boats or need a seminar, don't waste your time.

I know this one is over today but just for the future.
I've heard about the amazing trawler fest for a few years and since I had just bought a trawler I decided to go. I also agreed to have my new trawler on display at the fest so it was really exciting. It was the 2018 Trawler Fest at Bremerton, Washington. Same thing, there were less than 10 trawlers on display and not many vendors. I was very disappointed. It turned out to be a very productive show for North Pacific Yachts so I'm happy about that but it was nothing like I'd seen on Youtube in the past. I don't know what's going on with Trawler Fest but it's going to be a thing of the past unless they get their act together!!!
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Same. I stopped by the Anacortes show a few years back since Iím there already anyways. It was essentially indistinguishable from the Seattle Boat show, just smaller. But it makes sense. Today you can call literally anything a trawler, the word simply means powerboat, so how could it possibly be any different.

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Ditto Trawler fest Stuart couple years ago disappointing so won't do that again.
I went to the trawler fest, in Stuart, more than 10 years ago. One walk through tent of 'toys'. Enough boats that one could take your time walking through and talk with the folks.
Yes, it is not Ft Lauderdale nor Miami but, I found the Stuart show worth the visit. One could actually see everything in less that 8 hours and then, go home.
My advice, if you have the time, the Stuart show is worth the visit. Dont go with the Miami or Ft Lauderdale boat show attitude.
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Same here. We went to Stuart last year and left after about an hour. Very few "useful" vendors, although I did enjoy chatting with the Freedom Lift guy. We spent more time at lunch than we did at the fest.
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