Captain Chris Yacht Services Captain Chris Yacht Services
   
Learning to Offshore Cruise Aboard A Fleming 55   Heritage East 46 Trawler Training   Oklahoma Great Loopers   Great Loop Fall Rendezvous
 
About Us       Delivery       Training Onboard      Testimonials      Training Video's & Ship's Stores      YouTube Channel

Ask Captain Chris

Calendar

Seminars

Photo Log

Favorite Links

Galley Recipes

Maintenance

Newsletter

Home

Find us on
Facebook

Follow us on Facebook

PDQ 34 Starts the Great Loop

Kadey Krogen 58 Trawler - Delivery with Owners Aboard

Father and Son Training Aboard a Kadey Krogen North Sea 48

Hurricane Isaac Delays Trawler Training aboard a Gulfstar 44 Trawler

Miami Boat Show

Kadey Krogen 44  Trawler - New Owner Training

Stuart Boat Show

Bon Voyage on Sandy Hook

Beneteau Swift Trawler 42 goes to Fort Pierce

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Beneteau Swift Trawler 42 goes to Fort Pierce
Swift Trawler 42 at the dock
Vessel type/length - Beneteau Swift Trawler 42 foot
Engine type/Horsepower - Twin Yanmar 370 HP
Cruising speed - 24 knots or more economical 18 knots
Starting Location - Ortega River, FL
Destination - Fort Pierce, FL

On a beautiful fall day we are asked to deliver the Swift Trawler 42 from north Florida down to Fort Pierce. Since our starting point in Ortega River is only a 4 hour automobile drive we arrive at 10 AM and get started. After locating the boat we do a vessel inspection to be sure the boat meets all USCG requirements, check fluids, make a grocery run and drop off the rental car.

Before leaving we must fill the diesel tank and then Fort Pierce, here we come! As we pass the Ortega River Bridge we can see the calm wide open waters of the St. Johns River. We bring the boat up on plane and head north to Jacksonville and then east towards the ocean and ICW. Because of our late departure we decide to stay in the ICW and aim for St. Augustine. Cruising along, the wind begins to pick up but the weather stays clear. We pass Comanche Cove, the marina we usually visit, but we try to get farther down the ditch to make our second day a shorter one. We stop at Palm Coast Marina and have an easy tide and current free docking.

Next morning we cast off in the darkness and run at idle until the sun peeks under the clouds. After sunrise we open her up and run at an economical 18 knots. The weather  is too rough in the ocean so we stay in the ditch with a heavy chop sending spray in the air - but not on the windshields.

This is an enjoyable trip with no weather concerns since we’re now in the ICW. Arriving in Fort Pierce at a decent hour to shower we meet up with the President of Beneteau USA for dinner, discussing Fort Lauderdale Boat Show plans for the new Swift Trawler 52.


Click here for more Delivery

View other articles written by Captain Chris Yacht Services