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Cruising 101 October 26 & 27, 2018

Mainship 39 Trawler Training in Baltimore

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Mainship 39 Trawler Training in Baltimore
Rhonda and Joe are thrilled with their Mainship 39 single engine with bow thruster.
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Baltimore. Charm City, Sugar & Spice, Fell's Point and Canton. Add in some trawler training and life is good!

We met this new boat owner couple at our Introduction to Boat Systems seminar in Vero Beach last winter. Now they own a Mainship 39 single engine Yanmar with a bow thruster and asked me to help them become more confident with operating their boat.

It's an easy flight into BWI, something to consider when you are meeting up with friends and family while cruising on your boat. So we agreed on Baltimore for our training rendezvous. After a short train ride downtown and a hop aboard the local Water Taxi I arrived at Anchorage Marina to start training in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.

A great advantage about training in Baltimore's Inner Harbor are all the interesting sights for before and after training. NAVY Ships- old and modern, Domino's Sugar refinery, wonderful museums and the rich history of young America. Remember Fort McHenry and The Star Spangled Banner? And the sumptuous culinary cultures found in the surrounding neighborhoods make dining out an absolute must. Now let's get down to the nitty gritty of training.

The Mainship 39 has a single engine that has a walking effect when reversing. That means it will not go straight while traveling backwards. While this may seem strange, try to consider the propeller as a screw. Think of screwing something in or out as the direction of rotation. If your propeller turns counterclockwise while in forward gear then it will turn clockwise while in reverse gear. Grabbing the water in that direction, the propeller will then pull the stern in that same direction. When you begin to understand how the boat will reverse then you can plan to use that to your advantage. Don't forget to factor in the wind and current too!

Docking practice included many repetitions of stern-in and bow-in, until the crew was comfortable with this team skill. We've posted a few short videos of docking training on our YouTube channel with one right below. Practice is the key to success when learning any new skill. Docking is no exception!

Anchoring is another essential skill for a cruiser to master so we spent some time anchoring in the Inner Harbor too. This location can be a challenge with the silted bottom and currents created by the runoff of late spring rains. Anchoring over our lunch break allowed this crew to be awake and aware while adjusting to how effective the boat's anchor equipment is. The proper scope and the correct anchor can ease your concerns when it's time for an overnight at swinging on the hook.

Systems Training was detailed during our two day seminar a few weeks prior so we did a little brush up before ever leaving the dock. Every boat has it's secrets to discover and learn.

With just a few days scheduled for training we had a busy time getting everything covered. Take a tour of our photo journal below and watch the video for more docking tips.

Join us in Vero Beach Florida for our upcoming classes and subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more of our real world video clips. Ask Captain Chris 772-205-1859

Baltimore's original port of embarkation, similar to NY Ellis Island. This historic building in Fells Point is now a hotel. This area of the city is a very short walk from our marina.
Domino's Sugar refinery in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Be aware that large ships dock here and often need assistance from tugs for close quarter maneuvering. So pay attention to your surroundings on the water.
This warship was visiting Baltimore from Italy. A few parties were noted aboard. This may be a smaller harbor than NYC but there are many commercial boats sharing the waterway.
John W. Brown, a WWII Liberty ship still cruises in Chesapeake Bay a few times each year. Believe it or not this is a SINGLE engine ship!
Sometimes after a below deck systems review we need a few things at the local chandlery. If no boat store is nearby then a local hardware store like this one in Canton, Baltimore will do. Look for the cat- he lives inside the store.
Every harbor has a crusty boater...or two. This boat has actually gotten better looking and in ship shape over the past 18 years we've been coming through Baltimore.
Great Fells Point pub featuring a Crabmeat Martini. Their crab cakes win best in town almost every year. Yummy after a long day of docking!
And if cooking is your thing, pay attention to your princess stove. If it's electric and you replace the stove eye with a hardware item, this is one time that you MUST buy marine quality. Most marine stoves require 120 volts not 240.
We found it! And you should know where yours is too! On this boat the auto pilot hydraulic pump is hiding under the fly bridge console.
Look under the steps for the bilge pump and  what is that yellow diamond? If you don't know why you should know or care then come to our Introduction to Boat Systems seminar and Ask Captain Chris!
Pirate mode or silent. Turn off your AIS Transmitter when at the dock. Lucky enough to have an Automated Identification System (AIS) we don't need to add to the screen clutter on others chart plotter when we are not underway.
Before we left the Inner Harbor aboard this Mainship 39 we are fueling across from the National Aquarium. Be careful and watch the weather. NEVER refuel in the rain to keep water out of your fuel tanks.
These happy new owners can dock stern in! Practice does make perfect...Ask Captain Chris!
     

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