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Future Loopers Come Cruising
Chip & Janice are Building Cruising Confidence As A Couple.
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Already have a boat but want to learn a little more? We met this Florida couple in Rogersville Alabama at the AGLCA Fall Rendezvous. They recently moved up from a 31 foot boat to well over 40 feet and want to polish their cruising skills in anticipation of starting the loop.

(NOTE: We no longer charter our boat but are pleased to come aboard YOUR boat anywhere for personal training with you and your mate)

Although we would have preferred calmer winds, Mother Nature is not cooperating with this January trip so we have to respect and reflect....North winds gusting over 30 knots can be tricky so we readjust our float plan and proposed anchorage to keep safety foremost in our cruising. Communication is key when we prepare to leave the dock and it pays off as we get off without a hitch!

Layered clothing and hot cocoa keep us comfortable on this first day and we continue to check with NOAA throughout our journey for any forecast changes. So far so good. Our guests are actually pleased that we don't have perfect conditions. There is always something new to learn in windy and rough waters. For half the day we seem to be surfing as the north wind pushes us from behind.

Check out our photo log to see happy smiles in the sunny south....Keep in mind that there is SNOW in EVERY other state but Florida as we cruise along the ICW.

Before we leave the dock we review all available navigation information...and decide to change our original plans due to steady 25 knot winds coming out of the North. Brrrr!
Let's go for a boat ride!
Layers help to keep our mind off the cold and keep our attention focused on the waterway.
Janice helping Captain Chris find the next day marker.
Careful of this unmarked wreck...we've reported it to our local Power Squadron who have the right contacts. Maybe this will be a MARKED wreck sometime in the near future?
Janice gets comfortable using the GPS to determine how far we are from our anchorage.
We set our hook just in time to start watching the ever changing sunset.
Don't blink or your miss some fabulous colors.
Captain Chris shows Chip & Janice different type anchors using our lap top on our aft deck.
Hey now! Bunny ears???
Filling out the log book before we start the engines.
The sheriff is on patrol as we pass by the Stuart Boat Show. You are always responsible for your wake but some boaters need a reminder to be more considerate.
We never make the same trip twice. Who would believe you'd see a small plane on a barge on the St. Lucie RIver?
The wind is so much calmer whitecaps as we wait for traffic to clear near the Roosevelt Bridges.
Chip & Captain Chris are driving as Chip gets comfortable with our autopilot. The controls are on a long cable which allows us to step away from the helm seat and still have maneuverability...but not too far for the just-in-case.
Captain Alyse & Janice will set the lines before we return to the dock. We're both on the wide side decks as seen from the flybridge.
Another fun trip...and what do you know? The sun is shining and the winds are calm...and it's January in Florida!

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