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Trawler Training with A Georgia Peach
So much fun, so much to learn in two short days!
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This Georgia couple has a plan...a plan that will allow them to Live The Dream BEFORE they retire.

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

John and his wife Vicky have been chatting with us for a few years about our style of trawler. After seeing hundreds of boats on line and at boat shows it was time for them to try out the trawler lifestyle. Coming aboard for trawler training with us did just the trick.

Spending two nights aboard in our spacious master suite confirmed that it was everything they expected and more. The full sized bath tub was a bonus! The spacious aft deck served as a dining room for all our meals aboard as well as a comfortably sized navigation table for trip planning. Then hopping up to the fly bridge allowed immediate comparison on the GPS chart plotter. Lots to learn in a short time aboard!

Two days flew by as we reviewed the boat from top to bottom. We explored all below deck systems in our stand up engine room, another confirming opportunity that this is the right style of trawler for Living The Dream.

Our second day allowed us to traverse the ICW and a few side channels along the Treasure Coast. A Security call on the VHF warned us of two incoming work boats, one from TowBoatUS and the other a Navy vessel. We gave them plenty of manuevering room as we practiced holding our position just inside the entrance to the Fort Pierce Inlet.

Significantly windy conditions created a challenge for the helmsman but John was up to it. Look below and you can see some snapshots of this plan in action....first, confirm that the dream is possible, then set out to find your boat and before you know it you are Living The Dream!

Happy Birthday! Sparklers and chocolate make any day a celebration. Welcome Aboard!
Navigation tips on the aft deck.
Comparing notes from the paper charts to the GPS. Next we learn about RADAR.
Heading out toward the Fort Pierce Inlet.
This is the same view using RADAR. Sometimes the chart shows navigation aids in one location then the RADAR shows where they REALLY are.
Of course, before we leave the dock we must check fluids. Lots of room below deck in this trawler.
We anticipated meeting this vessel because we listened for their Security Call on the VHF.
Too bad this isn't ANY fun. John handled the close quarters with proficiency as Captain Chris stood on the sidelines coaching.
Heading North in the Intracoastal Waterway. Keeping an eye on the weather.
A side channel leads to Harbortown Marina, red on your right when returning from sea.
Making the decision to turn back to our home port. The US Coast Guard just announced that a severe storm with high winds is heading our way from Jensen Beach. Safety first!
Preparing lines for docking includes setting lines on both port and starboard cleats. Always ready for the just-in-case.
The strong East winds over the past few days have created an extreme high water level as shown at this bridge. The air gap is usually 65 feet at high tide and we still have 3 hours before the tide is fully high.
Almost back in to safe harbor makes John all smiles.
After we get to the dock and stop the boat with the help of a breast line then we set the lines to include springs, bow and stern. Using a boat pole we can set the port side aft spring line.
Snug at the dock JUST before the winds picked up. Great timing!
Nice Birthday Adventure Weekend! What's next?
     

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