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VECTOR - Training Aboard a Custom Steel Boat
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After many years living aboard their land cruiser- a German bus converted to a recreational vehicle- Sean and Louise had blue water cruising in mind. When they finally found their perfect boat they called Captain Chris to start them safely on the waterways.

This couple spent years researching and learning many things along the way about the life of a seafarer. Attending numerous TrawlerFests, boating seminars and meeting so many people who are actually doing it was motivating. A year or so before finding VECTOR, Louise and a good friend also came aboard our training trawler and got some hands-on practice to supplement all the research.

Now it's really happening. With coaching from Captain Chris they started their hands-on education aboard their 52 foot VECTOR. Because they had never owned a boat and jumped right to the big boys (52 feet is a lot of boat!) they followed with many days of close quarter maneuvering practice with a local captain in Hilton Head over the next few weeks. Practice really does make perfect.

You can find Sean and Louise cruising in the Chesapeake Bay area this summer. If you are lucky then you will probably meet them at TrawlerFest Baltimore and this time they will arrive by their own boat!

Sean and Louise on their high bow trawler VECTOR. It was a bit chilly but a sunny day on the water is always a wonderful thing.
Louise at the helm of their dinghy. Argggghhh!
Hey there's Captain Chris!
Their first sunset at anchor. What a great day to be on the water.
Fueling up and pumping out gives us an opportunity to do some docking practice at a face dock. Start out getting to know how your boat handles before you get into the tight slips.
Ta-da! Survived a second day and still smiling.
A happy boy in his engine room. Look at all the space.
Almost a perfectly executed figure eight to check out the depths before anchoring each evening.
The anchor snubber is doing its job.
Great full sized walk around decks make line handling a bit more comfortable for whoever is acting as mate. Taking turns in the role of helmsman and mate creates a better team spirit.
A stern view of this magnificent metal cruising boat. Easy swim platform access as well.
The windlass deck has a good sized anchor locker on the starboard side. The lines attached to each cleat are for the anchor snubber.
Very good visibility from the upper helm station- an excellent asset when docking.
Mid ship breast line works well when docking without assistance on the dock side. This is a birds eye view from the flybridge when the helmsman steps away from the wheel. All is well.

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