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Detroit to Nashville via Florida - Cruising Part of the Great Loop

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Detroit to Nashville via Florida - Cruising Part of the Great Loop
Step one in the BIG adventure is cruising with Captain Chris.
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This couple plans to go from Detroit to Nashville via Florida. How do you do that? Simple, come visit Chris and Alyse aboard their 44 foot Training Trawler Sandy Hook in Florida before you buy your dream boat and we値l show you how.

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

Just before their arrival Richard made an offer on that dream boat. Then after spending 5 days aboard with us they learned so many tricks and tips to take back with them for their trip from Detroit to Nashville, the boat's new home port. Richard and Terri wanted to be prepared for their inaugural trip so they spent every moment with us learning navigation, trip planning, RADAR, GPS, dinghy launch and recovery, anchoring and radio protocol. Their minds were open to every option so we not only shared our experiences but also offered blogs, AGLCA membership and other resources to help with their upcoming adventure. Every topic somehow found a way to relate to their trip from the Great Lakes down the river system to the Cumberland River near Nashville, TN.

Because they plan to board their 40 foot Hatteras Motor Cruiser in just a few weeks from our training together careful trip planning was key. We helped them map out the entire trip from Detroit to Chicago including procuring paper charts of the Great Lakes and River System- some of which are a real challenge to find and print out even with the help of experts like Ted Stehle of Skipper Bob. Paper charts are essential but are not enough to make the journey an enjoyable one. Cruising Guides are key and don稚 forget to ask for local knowledge when moving into a new area. The GPS Chartplotter with an up to date chip is nice but it is better to have that in the vessel position function and then preview the next channel or turn by studying the paper chart with advice from cruising guides. And throughout the trip two sets of eyes area better than one so it is great that they are doing this as a couple.

Another opportunity for Richard was to learn how to do owner operator maintenance. We toured the engine room looking at the raw water cooling system from intake to exhaust. Other systems reviewed and discussed for better understanding were air conditioner cooling system, generator system, inverter power source, oil changes, fuel filter inspections, traditional shaft seal adjustments and the rudder system with pressurized hydraulics, tie bar and 2 transmitters sending signals to the rudder angle indicator and auto pilot.whew!

While with us they joined the AGLCA America痴 Great Loop Cruising Association a terrific resource for any cruiser traveling any part of the Great Loop. So, look for their WHITE AGLCA Burgee flying proudly as they cruise south.

Safe travels and congratulations as you start Living the Dream!

Navigation was a breeze for this first mate. She took to it immediately!
All engine rooms are not the same but many of the below deck systems are. Tracing through how something works may help you discover a problem easily fixed- but you first must understand the basics. We can show you all the tricks.
Review of line handling and we are ready to go!
Richard is happy at the wheel and can't keep from smiling ear to ear. Pretty soon he'll be at the helm on his Hatteras cruising in the Great Lakes.
Putting classroom navigation into real world action. Makes so much sense when it all comes together with a little help from Captain Alyse.
Serenity...sitting at anchor at the end of our first day. Hole in the Wall, Vero Beach FL.
Relaxing on the bow with yummy appies. A well deserved break from all the new information and hands-on practice.
Sunrise on another beautiful day in paradise.
What a spectacular treat! We managed to be a the right place at the right time to see a perfect rocket launch. Couldn't ask for better weather conditions to see NASA at work.
Securing the dinghy. This 10 foot RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) becomes our transportation to shore when we anchor out. Make sure you are comfortable with your dinghy. It adds so much to the adventure.
Bridges are a necessary evil along the ICW and most river systems. How tall your boat is relates to how many bridges you need to have opened. We help you easily overcome bridge butterflies.
Practice practice practice! Time at the wheel gives you confidence.
Bon Voyage! See you on the water....
     

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