Anacortes TrawlerFest Draws Devoted Crowd

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 07:07

Located halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., Anacortes is the “homeport” to the San Juan Islands, which makes it a great venue for the show. Anacortes is the largest TrawlerFest in terms of exhibitors, with over 140 in 2011, including 67 boats, 34 new and 33 pre-owned. This year it also set a record for the number people attending TrawlerFest University. Subjects covered included:

  • Purchasing a Trawler
  • Diesel Engine Questions
  • Alaska 24/7
  • Enjoying Your Trawler: Tips and Techniques to Enhance Life Aboard
  • Building Cruising Confidence as a Couple
  • Women’s Only Navigation courses (aboard a Krogen 48, Krogen 44, Grand Banks Europa 52, and Grand Banks 42)

Most of these seminars sold out, and many were standing room only.

The 2011 TrawlerFest at Anacortes drew over 140 exhibitors. Seminars on a variety of topics attracted standing-room-only crowds.

There were plenty of interesting trawlers to see. Among the larger models were the Blount Marine 89, Scorpius, and the Delta 70. Both are retrofits. Scorpius was built by Blount Marine Corp. in 1966. In 1977-78, Asset Inc. redesigned her for a complete rebuild to U.S. Coast Guard specifications for certification as a small passenger vessel. Scorpius is being offered at US $975,000.

The Delta 70 was originally built by Delta as one of five in a series designed after its commercial fishing vessels. Delta purchased the yacht back in February of 2009 and has spent the last fifteen months retrofitting the yacht to today’s standards. Capable of worldwide cruising, the Delta 70 is being offered at $3,950,000.

The trawlers in the show ranged from 21 feet to 89 feet, with the majority in the 40- to 60-foot range. One of the stand-outs was the new 395. The wide beam, hard chine hull, and long waterline length (37 feet) make for a very comfortable ride. Belowdecks the AT395 features 2 cabins with a single head and signature full-sized shower. The saloon is large and open, and the pilothouse has the same expansive feel as other American Tug models. Aft is a nice-sized cockpit with a full hardtop overhead – perfect for staying dry in the summer-like weather of the Northwest! Depending on where delivery is taken and the level of options, the American Tug will cost around $540,000.

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