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Adventures of Training on an Albin 43

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Three Days of Trawler Training Builds Confidence

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Three Days of Trawler Training Builds Confidence
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This happy couple arrived for trawler training just after Hurricane Isaac blew through the Treasure Coast. We hadn't even removed all of our storm lines when they came aboard. What a terrific opportunity for them to see the real prep that happens every season...sometimes a few times a season!

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

There is a lot to review before we leave the dock and so many new experiences to share with this soon-to-be cruising couple. Blink! and before you know it our three days are but a memory. Scroll down and enjoy this photo journal of a terrific three day training trip with Viv and Norm...here's a short note of thanks from them when they returned to their home port.

Everyone has to visit the holy place. Spending time each morning in the engine room certainly helps make sense of the below deck systems
Making sense of charts on the aft deck. In three days this couple learned the importance of functional navigation skills. Theirs new skills were impressive enough to manage most things on the intracoastal including range markers.
Oops! This is an odd numbered green and we can see the ICW sticker but I think a screw is loose!  Sometimes reading upside down is another skill required to cruise.
Learning about dock lines before we leave the marina.
A black choked line from a neighbor sits on top of our white line. There are so many reason NOT to choke a line and this is one of them. We can't remove our line without climbing aboard his boat.
Now that we corrected this, we can leave the dock. If our neighbor had a large spliced loop instead of a choke knot things would have worked well. Want to learn more? Come see us!
This manatee came to welcome our new crew members.
A rip line between the brackish water from a nearby creek and the salty incoming tide from the Atlantic Ocean. Notice the upcoming bascule bridge. Wonder if we'll make it under without lifting?
Check out the white number board on the right side of the fender system. This tells us that we have 22 feet of air draft at the lowest point of the main bridge channel.
Let's get in some docking practice before the rain comes. Remember, pilings are your friend...at least the wooden ones are!
My turn!
Storms are gathering around us as we expected from the forecast. Time to consider our options.
Pondering the wind direction and which way the storm is actually moving. Serious business!
OK, maybe not so serious.
Glad I'm up here on the flybridge, out of the wind and upcoming rain.
We can drop the front window when the big drops start. Another great reason to learn to drive the boat or you will always be the one out in the rain...
Liquid sunshine Florida style! Foulies are in fashion when anchoring in the rain.
For those of you wanting to travel with your furry family member, they still have to go ashore when it rains. Oh well, we all dry off eventually.
We got lucky on day two and anchored with no wind and no current. If you select a great, protected anchorage then there is no luck involved!
This could be you swinging on the Sandy Hook- at anchor, that is! Call us with your dates. 772-205-1859

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