Cruising enthusiasts, get ready, because TrawlerFest Baltimore is the boat show for you! Apart from seminars and an in-water boat show, this is also a great place to catch up with old friends and meet fellow cruisers passionate about the boating lifestyle. Be sure to visit to purchase tickets and for any updates on the seminar and exhibitor lists.

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TrawlerFest Baltimore is THE show for trawler and cruising enthusiasts. Photos courtesy of Passagemaker 

Dates & Times

Seminars – Tuesday, September 26 to Saturday, September 30

Seminar Registration and Location – Courtyard Marriott (1000 Aliceanna Street) first floor rooms A and B.

In-Water Boat Show – Thursday, September 28 to Saturday, September 30 Boat Show Location – Harbor East Marina (40 International Drive)

Hours – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


Parking is available at the corner of President Street and Aliceanna Street next to the Four Seasons Hotel. The Harbor East Marina office will validate your parking which will make it $15 for the day.


General admission to in-water boat show: $15 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

On Saturday there are two free sponsor seminars included with your admission ticket:

  • Stabilization for your Trawler Yacht and More with Patrick Noor from Dynamic Marine Systems – 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Financing and Ensuring Your Dream Boat with Total Dollar and Sterling Associates – 2 to 3 p.m.

5-day VIP Package (Tuesday-Saturday): $589 includes: general admission to all three days of the in-water boat show, unlimited access to seminars (Tuesday-Saturday), Happy Hour Boat Cruise on Thursday, and Trawlers at Twilight on Friday. (Value: $1145.)

3-Day VIP Package (Thursday-Saturday): $469 includes: general admission to three days of the in-water boat show, unlimited access to seminars during three days (Thursday-Saturday), Happy Hour Boat Cruise on Thursday, and Trawlers at Twilight on Friday. (Value: $645.)

Diesel Engine, Electrical Troubleshooting, Use Marine Apps for Route Planning with Furono, Maritime Medical Emergency Management Hands On - Suture and Splinting Skills, and Techniques and Boat Handling on the Water are NOT part of the VIP packages.

Happy Hour Boat Cruise: $65 (Included in VIP pass. Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Boards at 5:15 p.m. at Harbor East Marina.)

Trawlers at Twilight: $40 (Included in VIP pass. Friday, Sept. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment on the dock at Harbor East Marina.)

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A range of cruising yachts will be on display during the in-water boat show. 

Tentative Exhibitor List

At print time, these were the exhibitors and boats announced, but the list is subject to change daily. Please check the Passagemaker website for updates.

  • Annapolis Yacht Sales (models TBD)
  • Atlantic Cruising Yachts: Fountain Pajot
  • Burr Yacht Sales: Fleming 55
  • Chesapeake Yacht Sales (models TBD)
  • Clarks Landing Yacht Sales: Beneteau 35 Swift Trawler (new), Beneteau 41 Swift Trawler (new), Azimut Magellano 50 2014
  • DiMillo’s Yacht Sales: Sabre 41, Sabre 42
  • Elling Yachting: E4
  • Greenline Yachts: Greenline 45 Fly, Greenline 48 Coupe Hybrid, Greenline 40
  • Helmsman Trawlers: Helmsman Trawler 43E Pilothouse
  • Jeff Merrill Yacht Services: Nordhavn 40
  • Kadey-Krogen: Krogen 52-Blue Note, American Tug 365-Journey
  • North Pacific Yachts: 2023 NP 450
  • Pocket Yacht Company: Ranger Tugs R-25, Ranger Tugs R-27, Ranger Tugs R-29, Ranger Tugs R-31, Ranger Tugs R-43, Cutwater 28
  • Seattle Yachts: Nordic Tug 40, Legacy 42
  • Selene Yachts: Selene 54

Seminars Day 1, Tuesday, Sept. 26

  • Navigation and Charts with Bob Sweet
  • How to Maintain a Cruising Powerboat, a Two-Day Course with Steve Zimmerman (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Cruising Florida with Bob Arrington
  • What to Expect from a Marine Survey and Sea Trial with Chris and Alyse Caldwell
  • Anchoring with Bob Sweet
  • Principles of Close Quarters Boat Handling with Bob Arrington (Prerequisite for Boat Handling on Water; separate registration for on-water sessions required.)

Day 2, Wednesday, Sept. 27

  • Navigation and Boating with Electronics with Bob Sweet
  • How to Maintain a Cruising Powerboat - Day 2 with Steve Zimmerman
  • Waves/Sea Drivers and Behavior with Chris Parker
  • Galley Tips with Chris and Alyse Caldwell
  • Trawler Buying Tips with Moderator Jeff Merrill
  • Locking Through and Draw Bridge Etiquette with Chris and Alyse Caldwell

Day 3, Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Diesel Engine Troubleshooting and Maintenance with Nigel Calder
  • Nautical Know How Rules and Ropes with Bob Sweet
  • 20 Interesting and Useful Marine Weather Tips with Chris Parker
  • Offshore Preparations with Jeff Merrill
  • Maritime Medical Emergency Management with Dr Robert Leviton
  • How to Buy a Used Boat as told by the Boatyard with Steve Zimmerman
  • Sanitary Systems - Drinking Water, Sewage System, Air Conditioners, and More! with Alyse and Chris Caldwell
  • Marine Apps with Eric Kunz from Furuno

Day 4, Friday, Sept. 29

  • Trouble-Free Electrical Systems and Troubleshooting with Nigel Calder
  • Dinghy Dynamics with Chris and Alyse Caldwell
  • The Great Loop: How to Prepare, What to Expect with Kim Russo
  • Maritime Medical Emergency Management: Hands-On Suture and Splinting Skills and Techniques with Dr. Robert Leviton
  • Metal Boats with John Clayman
  • Cruising Couple - Kevin and Alison Jeffries
  • Navigating Your New Trawler Purchase: Build, Payment Terms, Taxes, and Tariffs - A Comprehensive Guide with Wayne Goldman from Selene Yachts Americas
  • Marine Apps with Eric Kunz from Furuno
  • Ask the Experts with moderator Jeff Merrill

Day 5, Saturday, Sept. 30

  • The Other Loop: The Down East Circle with Steve Zimmerman
  • Safety for Cruising Couples with Capt. Bob Arrington
  • Medical Form Consult with Dr. Robert Leviton
  • Dialing In with Jeff Merrill

Be sure to visit for any seminar and exhibitor updates, as well as for detailed seminar descriptions and to purchase your tickets.


Don't forget to also put the Annapolis Powerboat Show on your calendar! It will be coming up October 5-8, just after TrawlerFest Baltimore.