TRAWLERFEST BALTIMORE: Sept. 25-29, 2018
Seaton Yachts president John Clayman has been active at TrawlerFest for decades. Come hear him speak at the event in Baltimore this September on topics he knows well: Boats and their suitability for inland waterways as well as for ocean crossings.
A Boat for the Erie Canal and the Atlantic Ocean?
Clayman, a seasoned voyager and ocean racer, knows the hull types that are ideal for the Great Loop — a 6,000-mile network of inland waterways threading through the eastern U.S. and Canada — as readily as he understands rigs that withstand the offshore test. Can a boat be both? Find out at this seminar Thursday, September 27, 10:45 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Cruising Life: Forget the Fake News, Get the Facts
Clayman is also part of a panel of experts who will help demystify the cruising experience by answering audience questions. Join him and Bruce Kessler, Steve Zimmerman, Eric Kunz, Chris Parker, Ken Fickett and Dylan Bailey at “Cruisers Perspectives: A Town Hall Meeting,” Friday, September 28, from 2- 4
Trawler Fest Baltimore seminars are held at Harbor East Marina, Sept. 25-29, 2018. Seminar participants enter in-water boat show free on day of seminar. (www.passagemaker.com/trawlerfest)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th
Great Loop Boats, Great for Bluewater, Too
With Capt. John Clayman
10:45 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Would-be cruisers often ask, “What do I need to look for in a boat for The Great Loop,” as if maybe they didn’t intend to cruise anywhere else. And maybe some do not. The Loop is a magnificent adventure, usually with land to starboard and port, but there are plenty of boats that do a great job on inland waters that can also go offshore and even cross an ocean. The Great Loop is a magnificent adventure in and of itself, but there are affordable boats that can do both the Erie Canal and the Atlantic Ocean in comfort and safety. John Clayman, president of Seaton Yachts with tens of thousands of ocean miles under his belt, will review the particular requirements for Great Looping and for more strenuous cruising. He will provide examples of dual-purpose vessels for every budget. Donning his yacht broker cap, Clayman will also discuss how to find and purchase the best boat for your needs. There will be ample time to respond to questions about design, construction, surveys and the purchase process.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
Cruisers Perspectives: A Town Hall Meeting
With Bruce Kessler, Steve Zimmerman, Eric Kunz, Chris Parker, John Clayman, Ken Fickett and Dylan Bailey. Moderated by Jeff Merrill, CPYB.
In this “town hall” event, our panel of veteran cruisers will field audience questions on a wide-range of topics, sea stories always resulting. Circumnavigator Bruce Kessler can discuss what it’s like to spend months and months treading blue water. Jeff Merrill, the moderator, is a yacht broker, author and trawler specialist with thousands of cruising miles with clients. Surveyor Dylan Bailey is a veteran cruiser who learned to build boats with his father. Ken Fickett has been building boats since the 1970s and been all over the place in them. John Clayman is a prominent East Coast yacht broker, cruiser, racer and all-around boat guy. Steve Zimmerman can discuss repairs and boatyards from the point of view of both a cruiser and boatyard owner.