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Omaha is not just for STEAKS

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Omaha is not just for STEAKS
Everyone gets time at the helm!
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We discovered some terrific things besides steak comes from Nebraska...a neat couple from the famous beef country of Nebraska who want to go cruising! (NOTE: We no longer charter our boat but are pleased to come aboard YOUR boat anywhere for personal training with you and your mate)

We first met in Anacortes, WA over a year ago at TrawlerFest. Since they are near the Missouri River between Iowa and Nebraska they don’t have many options to cruise year ‘round. Their goal is to spend a few days with us training aboard our 44 foot Trawler Sandy Hook before deciding their next step.

Their original plan was to purchase a trailerable trawler and move it around the country, season permitting. But, then they would have to purchase a large tow truck, boat trailer and rent a storage facility for when they are not cruising. After spending a few days aboard Sandy Hook they realized that they have many options.

They are now considering chartering 35 to 45 foot trawlers in different locations to explore both the boat style and cruising region. After a few days in the Spring on Florida’s Treasure Coast they learned a little about tidal currents, anchoring overnight, maneuvering in heavy winds and engine maintenance. We also reviewed charting, RADAR use and of course our favorite (no batteries required) Paper Charts. An evening at Hole in the Wall anchorage, launch and recovery of the dinghy and a surprise rain storm at the midnight hour has this mid west couple ready to start Living the Dream.

Follow along the photos below.

Planning the trip using paper charts on our spacious back deck.
Let's go down to the engine room...and down....and down...
I'll stay up here and listen...
Together we'll have a blast!
A bit WINDY!!
Fasten down your hats....
....or wear it like a kewl dude! But the winds are a-blowin'!
Safety lessons including knot tying. You never know when you'll need a bowline.
Practice throwing lines so you are always prepared.
Visiting another cruiser aboard their Selene. Lots to check out in their pilot house.
Did I mention that I LIKE visiting engine rooms?
Our snail trail while at anchor. The wind was too strong for the tidal change so we never made a full circle.
Some repair work on the north bridge in Fort Pierce. Notice the gates on the road are in the up position so the bridge won't open any time soon.
Back through the bridge as we head back home.
Learning about tying knots...the bowline can save your life.
We did it!

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