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Training Aboard a  Meridian 39 Motor Yacht
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A new boat owner had just purchased a Meridian 39 Motor Yacht in the Chesapeake Bay area and hired a captain to help him bring it to FL, the new home port.

After the boat was docked in Fort Pierce, I received a call asking me to help the new owner learn more about the boat systems. He also requested training on docking and anchoring. A natural question for me to ask was why didn't the delivery captain do that. The answer: he was a good captain but not a good Instructor Captain.

When you buy a boat that is larger or more system oriented than you are accustomed to and you want help transitioning in to the new boat just Ask Captain Chris. I can help you with below deck systems like fuel tank management, battery systems, generator usage, air conditioner and heater trouble shooting, rudder tillers and autopilot sending units, fuel and oil filter changing and a whole lot more.

Now start the engine and we can start docking maneuvers, anchoring, radio usage to open drawbridges or locks and fuel fill up or holding tank pump out.

Depending on the time we have together we can cover a lot of material including charting, GPS Chartplotter, RADAR, knot tying, rules of the road and just about everything to prepare you for cruising.

This time it was aboard a Meridian 39 Motor Yacht. Next time I can join you aboard your new boat!

Just Ask Captain Chris 772-205-1859 or email us with your questions.

Below deck tour reveals the autopilot fluxgate compass may have interference from the pots and pans stored in the cabinet. Something as small as the ferrous metal screw holding the handle onto the aluminum pot can effect the accuracy of the compass.
These ECMs are the Electronic Control Modules for the Cummins diesel engines. Note the large red emergency stop buttons.
Easy access to the fuel filters with cranberry red fuel proving that no debris or water is in the fuel.
Air Conditioner sea water pump. Note the top hose clamp which may need attention.
This is a heat exchanger with salt water running through it. The big bronze hex plug is the pencil zinc which protects the inner core just like the zincs on your propeller shaft or rudder.
Can you find the raw water pump that circulates cooling water through the heat exchangers on the engine?
The condensate that you see on the outside of your fuel tank may also be inside of the fuel tank. This is the reason for a fuel filter and water separator to protect your diesel engine.
This Reverso Oil Change Pump system is plumbed into both propulsion engines and generator. This makes oil changes quick and easy with the dirty oil discharged through the blue hose into your waste oil bucket. Most marinas have a recycle oil tank.
The Hydraulic Oil Reservoir for the trim tabs. See the oil level through the translucent tank and the label showing the full and low level mark. The round pump to the left is the autopilot steering pump. These two systems have different oil reservoirs.
This Navigation suite has all the whistles and bells to make cruising easier.
Tony takes the helm with confidence now that he has a better understanding of his below deck systems.
Learn where you circuit breakers are for your bow thruster and anchor windlass. Notice the handle of the manual bilge pump AKA whale gusher which also sits underneath the master stateroom floorboards.

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