As we announced back in January, we were invited to give a seminar at TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL on “Cruising to the Dry Tortugas”. Two weeks ago, we gave the same seminar at the Yachts Miami Beach show as part of Passagemaker Magazine’s CruiserPort free educational boat seminars. While the Miami show was a lot of fun for us, TrawlerFest was a blast!
The TrawlerFest seminars were very well attended and they were not free, so the crowd we had was definitely more interested and interactive about our chosen topic. The presentation went great especially after we tweaked it some after the Miami show and we had quite a few questions from the crowd of about 20. It was great to share our experiences cruising to the Dry Tortugas and share videos and photos we’ve taken both above and under water. Look for an upcoming post containing our full presentation along with maps and resources.
After our seminar was over, I was invited to sit in on the Admiral’s Roundtable, a women-only panel discussion. I, along with 4 other experienced cruising women sat as a panel and answered questions from a crowd of around 30-40 women. Questions ranged from boat handling, single vs. twin engines, safety and medical precautions to storage help, cooking and how to fit all your stuff into such a small space. I was very honored to be part of such a great panel of women who’ve cruised way further that I can imagine. To me, this panel discussion was the best part of the day!
The next day, Randy, Corey and I decided to take in one of the morning seminars before heading to the in-water show. We attended “Bahamas Bound: Destination Abacos” by Alyse Caldwell. I had met Alyse the previous day since she was on the women’s panel discussion and her Bahamas presentation had Randy and I ready to quit our jobs and take off for the Bahamas! The seminar was very thorough and detailed and Alyse was an excellent presenter.
After the seminar, we hit the in-water show on the docks. The show seemed a little small compared to a TrawlerFest that Randy and I attended years ago when we were looking for a boat, but the boats on display were no disappointment. Granted, most of the boats in the show are what we call “lottery” boats, like Nordhavn, Kadey Krogen and Beneteau trawlers and climbing around on them was amazing. We toured a beautiful Grand Banks 42′, a Nordhavn 40′, Krogen Express 55′, Kadey Krogen 44′ and Beneteau Swift Trawler 50′. All of them were gorgeous trawlers but Kadey Krogen still wins my heart. I love the new Kadey Krogen slogan, “The boat she’ll say Yes to” — they’re not kidding, I say YES! Randy and I fell in love with the Kadey Krogen 42′ when we first searched for boats but even the older ones were out of our price range. We hope maybe someday that just might be our “retirement” boat.
Overall, we had a fabulous time at TrawlerFest touring boats and meeting some amazing cruisers. We even met the Editor-in-Chief of Passagemaker and discussed possibly writing an article about the Dry Tortugas for an upcoming issue of the magazine. Stay tuned…