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DeFever 47 - Communications are Key in Trawler Training

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A Gulfstar Motor Cruiser at anchor in the Florida Keys. We can see the bottom!

Anchoring Is Easy With Captain Chris
Anchoring IS easy when you Ask Captain Chris. Thanks for registering to receive our FREE Training Tips. Hope to meet you soon at one of our classes or aboard your boat!


Arm signals are a great form of communication- no shouting over the wind required. On this Kadey Krogen the mate is pointing to where the anchor is and directing the helmsman where to drive.

Weigh Anchor
Glad you could join us for our third Anchoring Tips issue. Now you've experienced a calm and relaxing night at anchor. It is time to bring the anchor back aboard. If you are lucky then you also have an anchor windlass or capstan to help with the heavy lifting.


Be sure you understand the different anchor designs so you select the right tool to do the job.

Anchor Designs and Their Purpose
In this second email of our Anchoring Tips series we want to open your eyes to the many different types of anchors. It is important to know your sea floor - mud, sand, rocks, grass - in order to select the correct anchor type which will provide the best holding power.


Scouting out the perfect place to anchor overnight.

Anchoring Overnight
Thanks for signing up to receive our FREE Anchoring Tips. This is the first of four in this series. You will also receive the other tips by email over the next few days. But if you have any questions...Ask Captain Chris!


Be ready to deploy your lines without any help on the dock...and NO jumping please!

Perfect Docking...No Jumping Please
Because you have already received the first three emails in our FREE Docking series you are familiar with the role of wind and current, proper preparation and crew readiness. Let's put them together and we will notice one more consideration for Perfect Docking...but No Jumping Please.


Fenderboards keep your fenders in place against your hull when docked alongside a piling. This fenderboard is actually a schedule 40 thick wall PVC pipe. More often it is made from a wood plank.

Docking With Fenderboards
When we were kids we called them BUMPERS not knowing their proper name: FENDERS.


The wind is blowing on the beam from the port to the starboard and is pretty strong.

Use Wind or Current When Docking
Wind and Current can send immediate shivers down your spine....or you can learn to use these naturally occuring situations to your advantage. And the strength of either wind or current should not lull you into a false sense of security.


Here are two different size cruising boats, both stern facing the dock. Notice the full length floating finger pier alongside each boat.

Docking Like A Pro
Welcome to the first in our Docking Tips series. Our goal today is to show you a picture perfect docking, even in the wind and current. Boy! Wouldn't it be great if it could always be this easy?


Look carefully at this engine and see how many things you can identify.

What's On This Engine?
No cheating! Look over the photo of this engine with the numbers on it. See how many items you can describe and really understand they function without reading the list below.


Ruh-Roh! This impeller is missing a few vanes. We must find and remove them to allow the water to flow with ease as it cools all the engine components.

Impeller Trouble Shooting
The raw water pump on your marine engine uses a rubber vane impeller as a self priming pump. The impeller pushes the water through the system to cool the engine components including the antifreeze/internal coolant, the oil, exhaust manifold and hoses to name a few items. On a propulsion engine there are even more items to keep cool.


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