Before Passagemaker Magazine purchased TrawlerFest in 2005 or so, I was one of their core
presenters (docking, and how-to-buy-your-first-boat, and a founding presenter at "TrawlerFest University" where four 'students' spent a day on the water
doing close quarter maneuvers).
I'd say at least 90% of the participants I met really enjoyed attending TrawlerFest. They got a lot of info from the seminars - I see there are a few on doing the Loop. If you can afford the time, would jump-in with both feet. Much of the value is hanging out in the hallways and at the docks chatting with fellow participants, some will be ahead of you in learning
, some will be behind.
If you go, drop an update back. I'd be curious to see how it's morphed since i was involved 15-years ago!