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Should I stay or Should I go? This owner had her boat for sale and had a moment of clarity...so she asked Captain Chris to help.

 

 

Until it sold, she wanted to learn more in order to do one more cruise, this time as the captain rather than the mate. 

So Nancy and her sister came to our Introduction to Boat Systems seminar in Vero Beach. Our most active learners, this duo took in everything we could teach them. After attending the boat yard tour on day three they came back to the workshop for a private mini session of Cruising 101 - all in preparation for a training trip from Southport NC to New Bern for the Spring Great Loop Rendezvous.

It's an amazing adventure that you can see below in photos. Even a flooding rain could not dampen their spirits...just Ask Captain Chris!  

 

The crew making bunny ears on Captain Chris...he didn't stand a chance!
Fender choices include balls and barrel fenders.
This trawler has a wonderful layout, especially for line handling and locks with a full walk around deck.
Dual fuel filters show beautiful clear, clean, red diesel fuel. Nancy learned what to look for and how to properly change filters if needed.
Notice the wires in the bottom of the silver fuel bowl. This is a water sensor. Water is heavier than fuel and if it collects on the bottom of the filter it will sound an alarm on the dashboard.
Checking fluids before starting the engine each day.
Everything is A-OK!
Sharing the ICW with commercial vessels including this rather large ship in the Cape Fear River.
Coming into port before dark, we did trip planning with alternate options to consider tide and weather. The day beacon MC means Morehead City...not midchannel. Learn your navigation rules of the road.
Paper charts showing a back channel into a Morehead City marina.
While at anchor we needed the generator which is housed in the lazarette.
A stowaway! Where's my life-jacket????
New Bern - home of the inventor of Pepsi Cola. And our final destination of this training trip.
     

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