A trio of seals laze atop a yellow buoy, absorbing the warmth of the afternoon sun. They poke their heads up with more than mild curiosity as we scream past at 44 knots in an aluminum rib. At Trawlerfest Seattle (a boat show put on by our sister publication Passagemaker) the Life Proof 31 stood out in a marina filled with ship-like, long-range cruisers.
Life Proof CEO Micah Bower explained that Trawlerfest events are perfect for his Bremerton, Washington-based company. For one the show is right in his backyard, and second, he finds that many trawler and superyacht owners look to his boats as a second boat or tender. He commonly refers to his line of craft as “a different kind of passagemaker.”
“We’ve had some people come by to see the boats that realize our boats are perfect for the Inside Passage. We have a low fuel burn and can cruise at 50 mph. You can blast along and find a place ashore to stay for the night and then continue on in the morning.”