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From TrawlerFest Anacortes to Trawler Training on the Treasure Coast of Florida
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We had the pleasure of meeting Joe and Niki at the Anacortes Trawler Fest in May of this year. They expressed an interest in purchasing a trawler and were very much in a discovery and learning mode. Perfect solution: Come join us aboard our training trawler Sandy Hook....find out about what you like and what you don't BEFORE you purchase that trawler!

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

Due diligence. That's a phrase we often associate with business yet it also has an important role in pleasure boating especially when you are searching for the right trawler. After due diligence this couple decided to spend four days aboard with us with some specific objectives. They wrote to us, in the hopes of, 

  • acquiring the necessary skills that would qualify us to perhaps bare-boat charter trawlers in the future
  • to gain a little firsthand knowledge of trawler life
  • and, finally, we will be very interested in picking your brains with respect to the boats that you feel might fit our particular needs. 

That's a measurable and very attainable list when you learn with Captains Chris and Alyse. So, fast forward to "Welcome Aboard Sandy Hook" and Joe and Niki have met and exceeded their goals. Here's a note we received when they returned home and just in case you were wondering, they really are closer than ever to living the dream of a cruiser. As I write this, Chris is on a sea trial with Joe and Niki as they look into a DeFever that just could be the next step in their adventure.

Starting with the ABCs of the below deck systems.
Very windy weather kept us on our toes.
Two kewl katz! wearing baseball caps backwards to keep the wind from blowing them off their heads.
Swinging on a mooring ball in Vero Beach.
Joe releases our line freeing us from the mooring ball. Notice how he tries to keep the line from falling into the water. On this flat topped mooring there is room for the line to be looped keeping it clean for the next boater.
Building Cruising Confidence as a Couple
Niki's turn to pick up the ball. Practice makes perfect!
Going on shore patrol in the dinghy. Bert found a new friend. We had to check their pockets before they left our boat as they said they were going to try to steal Bert.
Admit it! We've all done something like this just trying to see- the charts, the GPS, long distance to find that next marker and in the sun. Bifocals and Fitover brand sunglasses. They work!
Watching the dolphins play under our bow wave is a special treat. Niki was trying out the Jack Straps when we heard the splash of one of Fipper's friends.
Not the greatest photograph but the dolphins are so much fun to watch.
That was a blast! Can we do it again?

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