PassageMaker Magazine and Anacortes Trawler Fest 2011

Last spring, Bob Lane interviewed us and reviewed Dirona for PassageMaker magazine. Bob has an experienced reporter’s eye for detail. And as a long-time boater who has toured and written up a lot of boats, he notices what works and what doesn’t. After touring the boat and describing the systems and upgrades, we discussed our goals in purchasing the boat and future travel plans. At the time of the interview, our 24×7 trip to Alaska was several months off. It would be a be a proof-of-concept trip for us, as we’d not run overnight before, let alone that far offshore.

We’ll be discussing that trip, including lessons learned and highlights, at PassageMaker’s Anacortes Trawler Fest next month. Our session is Alaska: 24×7 on Saturday May 14th at 10:30am. Dirona also will be open for the Trawler Crawl on Saturday from 4pm to 5pm (and possibly on Friday at the same time if we arrive early enough). 

Bob’s article was packed with details and interesting perspectives. It’s not often you can read an article about your own boat and learn something. We particularly liked his comment that the repeating monitors in the salon and master stateroom “… are the closest thing to art you’ll find aboard Dirona.” We have a four-monitor glass cockpit, and each those monitors can be repeated on a screen in the salon or the master stateroom. At dock, we use the repeaters to monitor weather, and when underway we view engine telemetry, AIS, radar and the chart plotter. The master stateroom repeater was particularly useful on the run to Alaska, as someone off-watch there could easily view most data available in the pilot house with the push of a button.

Bob’s full article is at PassageMaker digital subscribers can read it at


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2 comments on “PassageMaker Magazine and Anacortes Trawler Fest 2011
  1. Hey, cool. Thanks for the feedback Terry and best of luck on following through on a boat build yourself.


  2. Terry McKnight says:

    Just thought I would drop you a note.

    I read all of your blog and appreciate the details and photo’s that you put in your blog. I have read everything you have posted and have learned lots. I like the technical stuff as well as travel part, and continually learn new things. Because of you, I will be better prepaired when/if we have a boat built. Well done sir!

    Even thought I may not comment often, I will be reading about your adventures. Thanks!

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