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Tolleycraft Owners Come Cruising with the Caldwells
Cruising on the beach...arriving by dinghy after we anchored at Peck Lake.
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What do you do if you own a 47 foot Tolleycraft Motor Cruiser in Canada and you want to sharpen your crusing skills in March? Did I mention the Tolleycraft is in a climatized storage building in Quebec?

Join us aboard Sandy Hook on Florida's Treasure Coast, of course!

Jacques and Lise tell us about their cruising experiences on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Their boat is twin gasoline engine powered with BOTH a bow and stern thruster. They join us to become more comfortable Building Cruising Confidence As A Couple, learning to work together as a team.

While they wait for their home port of Quebec to warm up they brush up their boating skills with us in sunny Florida. Mastering basic maneuvering is important in the event that the thrusters take a powder. Other refreshing skill sets we cover include charting and navigating.

Trip planning involves not just our daily cruise while they are aboard but also includes the "Florida Loop." This course takes us across the Okeechobee WaterWay to the Gulf Coast, down to Key West and back through Miami to the Treasure Coast. Well, we take a virtual cruise using paper charts to plan this future adventure.
Our back deck usually serves as classroom, breakfast nook and dinner dining accomodations...on this trip we add Casino to the list with a new FARKLE Champion….

Building Cruising Confidence As A Couple!
Navigation is an essential part of cruising. Lise gets comfortable with reading the charts and verifying against the GPS chart plotter.
Next, she's at the wheel and roles are reversed.
This is what cruising is all about!
Gorgeous Sunset swinging on the hook.
Be prepared as you never know what could be around the bend! This big barge takes up more than his half of the waterway.
After a dinghy ride to the beach, posing by the mangroves.
Sunrise is spectacular!
Sometimes there is a bridge to open.....
...Sometimes there are THREE bridges to open.
Lise is on Dolphin watch at the bow.
At the end of a day the sun still casts a warm glow.
The Farkel Queen is ready to take on another game!
Gimmee a one or a five!
Lise learns about what's below decks too.
Sea Cows! A family of manatee swim around our home port marina.
Sandy Hook at anchor.
We just HAD to celebrate St. Paddy’s day!

Oops! Jacques found a hole in this rudder…walking through the boat yard, Captain Chris explains hull forms and other under water mysteries. This rudder is designed to allow removal of the propeller shaft without removing the rudder too.
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