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Captain Chris Yacht Services
Two Days Aboard Training Trawler SANDY HOOK
Welcome Aboard SANDY HOOK!
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Moses and Gail read about our trawler training trips in Passagemaker Magazine. Living the Dream aboard their own trawler is high on their list for post-retirement plans…just 74 days away! Captain Chris can help them start Living the Dream....

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

This eager couple want to own and operate their own cruising trawler as snowbirds and maybe as Loopers. With limited exposure to this size trawler they decided to come aboard with us to learn the cruising skills needed to take off on an exciting adventure.

Join this couple as they as they build their cruising confidence, learning basic navigation, exploring a boat yard to learn all about under water hull forms and accessories and braving the late season cold front as it blew through south Florida.

Welcome aboard!

Paper Charts, magnifying glass and a big table on the back deck to start our navigation classes.
Below decks in the engine room. This introduction to basic maintenance also includes tracing out fuel lines and other operational equipment to better understand how the systems work.
So THIS is what a bow thruster looks like??!!
Why does this rudder have a hole in it?...This hole allows the propeller shaft to be removed without pulling the rudder. Single engine boats are usually designed this way.
Before and after...The full-sized, attached, rectangular zinc compared to the  pock-marked, hand-held, used zinc reflects what happens when electrolysis attacks this sacrificial metal instead of your stainless steel propellar shaft and bronze propeller.
Our trip to the boat yard is another great learning experience.
Explaining the electrical hook ups and the difference between 30 and 50 amps.
Yummy breakfast before we start another day of training.
Does it get any better than this?....only when it's aboard YOUR OWN trawler.
Is that a Dolphin I see ahead? A good pair of binoculars is an essential piece of equipment for a cruiser....one pair for the helmsman and another for the navigator.
Sailboats....
...speedboats...
...and even some trawlers accompany us as we cruise the ICW, practicing our navigation, maneuvering and communication skills during our time on the water.
Everyone gets a turn as helmsman.
Perfect line toss as we come in to our floating docks at Harbour Isle Marina. It's all in how neatly you coil a line that helps you throw it with ease.
Just 74 days to go and we'll be starting our next adventure.

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