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Trawler Training with Captain Chris Yacht Services at TrawlerFest Fort Lauderdale aboard a Beneteau Swift Trawler 52

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Trawler Training with Captain Chris Yacht Services at TrawlerFest Fort Lauderdale aboard a Beneteau Swift Trawler 52
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The husband and wife team of Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell took TrawlerFest Fort Lauderdale by storm! While most of the country dealt with the cold winter climate all who attended this cruising event were treated to balmy Florida weather, a bit of wind, lots of sun and tons of FUN!

At the pre and post fest TrawlerFest University we shared the tricks and tips of boat handling in a hands-on couples-oriented two-day seminar. This wonderful TrawlerFest University Course has an emphasis on team work. Look closely at the photos below and you might recognize a few friendly faces!!

For two days along the South Florida ICW we worked together with four couples aboard a beautiful Beneteau Swift Trawler 52. We each took turns line handling, maneuvering, trip planning and even performing basic PM in the engine room. Our class discovered the benefits of the full walk around decks when docking in gusty winds as well as the advantages of a spacious engine room.

During TrawlerFest we presented Bahamas Bound: Cruising the Abacos, Confessions of a Galley Slave, Changing Your Fuel Filter Without Spilling A Drop, Managing your On Board Electrical Systems and Whistles & Lights: Rules of the Road to standing room only crowds. We had a terrific turnout at all our seminars.

Next stop is TrawlerPort Palm BeachÖwill you be there?


Our first TF University class Gold Crew spends some time in the engine room learning about below deck systems that make this such a comfortable cruising trawler.
Checking fluids before we start all the engines.
Then we move to the flybridge to prepare for leaving the dock.
Here's the Blue Crew ready to take the wheel.
Vickie from the team at PassageMaker is ready to help us celebrate graduation after our two days of training. Cheers!
Another beautiful sunrise over the eastern coast of Florida as seen from our slip in Bahi Mar Marina.
Whether the demonstration reflected Electrical Management onboard or.....
....Whistles signals and lights for rules of the road or.... fact about your fuel filters.... was standing room only with crowds gathering around to learn all they can about the cruising lifestyle. Living the dream comes with responsibilities!
Captain Chris playing the part of a gangsta' at a speakeasy on Friday's theme night.
And the winner is....! Every cruiser must have a few canvas bags to help with provisioning when cars are but a distant thought.
TF University Class II post fest.
So THIS is a fuel filter?
A flashlight comes in handy when checking out engine room equipment.
Gold crew at the helm nearing the 17th Street Bridge.
When it was the Blue crew's turn at the helm the skies were a little threatening. It sprinkled just enough to make us get out the rain gear.
But the engine room was nice and dry!
Let's go for a boat ride Captain Chris! See you at TrawlerPort in Palm Beach...

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