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Trawler Training on a Fleming 55 in Fort Myers Florida
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With a home port of St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers Florida, this Beautiful Fleming found her home with new owners. Wanting to know more about vessels systems, docking and anchoring, they called Captain Chris.

Because they had already attended our 2-day seminar in Vero Beach we could fast track through the below deck systems. Two things which needed immediate attention and only one had anything to do with the boat. First, we discovered sluggish steering and the simple fix was to pump up the air pressure using a bicycle pump.

The second concern was a shoaling entrance channel that had temporary buoys. Another easy work around. Simply honor the newly placed buoys as we traveled the now narrow channel in and out of the marina. This is a terrific example of why we say look out the window- don't rely exclusively on your chart plotter or online resources. Nowhere could we find any notation that these additional buoys had been placed to deal with the shoaling channel. 

Docking practice included bow and stern in, with and without thrusters at fixed and floating docks. We even took advantage of the nearby pile driving crews lunch break to maneuver between the barges and back, like an obstacle course. What a confidence booster!

Check out the photos below including the video with the temporary buoys. Then imagine yourself at the helm of this fabulous Fleming and Ask Captain Chris how we can help you get started on your own adventure. 772-205-1859

The Fleming 55 with full walk around decks, twin engines, bow and stern thruster, dinghy on the roof and a dumb waiter from the galley to the flybridge. What more could you ask for in a cruising/liveaboard boat?
Preparing to cast off, the helmsman is wearing a wireless headset to make communication easier with an out of sight deck hand. A quick review of the trip plan on a tablet with the GPS chart plotter on the dashboard.
A two-butt galley puts a smile on every chefs face. This couple searched far and wide for their perfect boat with lots of room.
Steering was mushy and sluggish so we headed below deck to locate this hydraulic pressure reservoir. We noticed it needed to be pumped up. The pressure gauge should be in the 12 o'clock region giving you more positive steering action.
The starboard aft helm station shows red throttle and black shifters. But where is the steering wheel? Note the roomy walk around side deck and teak sole.
There it is! Look closely and you will see the electronic tiller in the black circle. Below the tiller are the bow and stern thruster toggles. This is convenient when you just want to snug up to the dock.
Port side view shows us the hard top bimini, RADAR and follow-me TV satellite dish. The life raft canister and dinghy boom on on the aft upper deck. We can also see the roomy port side walk around deck and full size cockpit.
Happy new boat owners ready to start their Great Loop Adventure. Just Ask Captain Chris how you can get started on your OWN cruising adventure.

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