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Meridian 368 Motor Yacht

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Meridian 368 Motor Yacht
This Meridian is ready to cruise to southern waters and NOW the owners are ready too!
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Lake Michigan in July finds Captain Chris with Ron and Teri who just purchased a Meridan 365 Motor Yacht based in Elk Rapids, Michigan. They asked for help moving up from a smaller boat he had a long time ago.

Twin gas Mercruiser V8 engines and a Kohler generator to keep the air conditioning running. We were happy! The new owners were even happier with the DOC Dock On Command feature Bow and Stern Thrusters. Wow! This boat is fully accessorized.

Like most training aboard, on day one we do a full assessment of below deck systems including the raw water cooling systems. It's lucky we did because the generator ate the impeller on day two. This is slang for the pump chewed up the raw water impeller and spit out the pieces, clogging the heat exchanger and raising the engine temperature. Since Ron had the training the day before I was able to coach him through the impeller replacement. A bit of a learning curve but we finished the job, started the generator and had complete water flow and cooling.

Next we began our at-sea training or at-Great Lake training. We cruised Lake Michigan at 25 knots to Old Mission Bay learning about the trim tabs and how proper positioning can help with speed and fuel efficiency.

Arriving at our planned destination we practiced anchoring. Then both Ron and Teri maneuvered a few figure eights to get comfortable with how the boat handles in close quarters.  

If any crew member finds themselves suddenly in command it is essential to learn some of the basics for navigation and boat handling. So, we were sure that everyone knew how to read and understand the GPS functions including finding your way. It is easy when you use bread crumbs on your GPS. 

Winding our way back to home port we finished up with docking, docking and you know, more docking. Bow in, stern in, side tie and do it again. Practice makes perfect!

Ron and Teri are ready to cruise and in a few years start south to the warmer climates of salt water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Give Captain Chris a call to see how he can help you get ready for your cruise of a lifetime. 772-205-1859

Meridian 368 Motor Yacht is a wonderful cruising boat for inland waters and near shore like the Great Loop.
The helm station has everything you need and allows good visibility too.
All crew should become comfortable at the wheel.
It's much more fun when you work together as a team.
Your dinghy can be your secondary transportation.
This Lewmar Capstan helps bring up the anchor with ease.
The dinghy cradle has rollers which tilt and roll the dinghy on and off the swim platform. If it's easy to launch then you will use your dinghy more often.
This is an out of commission power plant right next to the dam and the home port marina.

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