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Indiana Engineers Living the Dream Aboard Sandy Hook

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Indiana Engineers Living the Dream Aboard Sandy Hook
This couple is researching with a hands-on attitude before they purchase their dream boat.
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What do you do after the kids leave home and the sport boat on the trailer isn't big enough to meet your new cruising desires. Buy a larger boat of course! But what should you buy? You search the net, read magazines like Passagemaker and other cruising publications, attend Trawler Fest and AGLCA (Great Loop)Rendezvous and form an IDEA of what you want and need.

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

But are you sure? Is 36 feet enough or is 50 feet too large? The answer is simple, come spend a few days aboard Sandy Hook in Florida so you can cruise and live aboard experiencing "The Life" learning what works for you.
"Living the Dream" aboard Sandy Hook is the best way to experience the cruising lifestyle before you buy so you can learn what size and type of boat will launch you into you next adventure.
Tour the photos below to see how you can start "Living your Dream".

Captain Chris listens to learn what goals this couple has. After a great breakfast, we spend a few moments together sharing expectations.
Below deck spaces are explored.
There is space for everyone down in the engine room!Lots to discover.
Each day we complete the log book and learn a bit more about provisions on hand.
Paper charts are essential...and yes, we also work with electronic chart plotters (GPS) and RADAR equipment. Each of you take a turn as Navigator which allows you the opportunity to get comfortable with marine charts.
Time to learn about the helm station on the flybridge. Who's going to be captain first?
Our first anchorage finds us at the Hole in the Wall in Vero Beach. Very protected by this little spoil island and a wonderful place to spot dolphins who come to visit later in the evening.
The next day we spot a brush fire along the Indian River Lagoon. This chopper is picking up water from a nearby lake and using the water to extinguish the blaze. Amazing to see as we traverse the ICW.
Sometimes you just have to FEEL the helm. Learning how the boat responds, how much glide you have in neutral and what it takes to actually STOP the forward motion are somethings you can't just read about in a book.
Finding our next anchorage before sunset is important. You want to be certain that the anchor is set well so everyone can sleep well.
Pirates??? No, just a couple of cruisers stopping by to say hello.
And, when we drop anchor in the day light we then have the added bonus of relaxing as we witness another glorious sunset.
A gorgeous view of the Jensen Beach Bridge.
Everyone gets a turn at the helm. SO much fun!
Getting lines ready for docking. Take as much time as you need to fully prepare lines on both sides of the vessel, regardless of which side you PLAN to dock. Sometimes things don't go as planned so best be ready for every option.
No mutiny this trip! This couple is now ready to go look at trawlers with a different mind's eye. They are off to the Palm Beach Boat Show to start living the dream!

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