PassageMaker, a magazine that covers trawlers and ocean motorboats, hosted a Trawlerfest in Anacortes, Washington. There were a number of exhibitors, both in the exhibit hall and out on the docks. New boat dealers were represented as well as brokerage boats. Land exhibitors included charter companies, marine electronics companies, yacht interiors, sanitation, repair and renovation services, pretty much everything you’d need as a boat owner. There were also a few insurance companies on hand, and some of these offered an educational session about different types of coverage that boat owners would want to invest in.
I didn’t get to attend any of the educational sessions, but some interesting ones were on how to handle medical emergencies on the water; learning how the elements take their toll on the boat’s hardware; update on newest trends in navigation; and Bob Smith, developer of the Ford Lehman diesel, answered questions about diesel engines. There were many more sessions as well.
PassageMaker’s next show is in Warwick, Rhode Island, from July 15-17.
Anacortes Docking Options
Anacortes is a beautiful place; it’s especially beautiful from a boat. Located a stone’s throw from the San Juan Islands, Victoria and Seattle, Anacortes is a great jumping off point for activities in Cascadia. The Port of Anacortes marina is a customs port-of-entry located in the heart of downtown Anacortes. Permanent and transient moorage is available, with 150-200 berths used for guest moorage. Floats, with 20, 30 and 50 ampere power and water accommodate vessels to 120′. Visitors’ arrival floats are on docks throughout the marina. For more information and amenities, check out the port’s website. There are many other places to dock in the Puget Sound as well, so it’s a great destination if you want to get out and see some ports of call.