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Thanksgiving Cruising with Captains Chris & Alyse
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Thanksgiving is around the corner and we welcome a Colorado couple aboard for three days of Trawler Training. Warner and Judy are starting their search for the perfect boat. But before they make the commitment of a purchase, they want to learn – about trawlers, about navigating and about living aboard. Is cruising for them? Yes! Check out the photos and see if you agree.

(NOTE: We no longer charter our boat but are pleased to come aboard YOUR boat anywhere for personal training with you and your mate)

Three days later we return to the dock with a wish-list a nautical mile long. Now they know more about the features they want in their cruising trawler after Building Cruising Confidence as a Couple, living and learning aboard with us. 

Next they will spend Thanksgiving with relatives nearby in Vero Beach... And the best part?... They can stop in at Vero Beach Municipal Marina for the Annual Cruisers Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch and share the cruising kinship. 

Come cruise aboard Sandy Hook and start living the dream.

PS - Here is a great note from The Paige's after they returned to their home out west. Don't forget to scroll down and imagine yourself at the helm:

Dear Alyse and Chris,

What a stroke of luck to find you on the Internet.
Judy and I were both immediately comfortable with your calm, confident and friendly style.  Amazingly, the boat that seemed so big and complex to us at first shrunk nicely and eventually became almost familiar.  You can read books, attend classes and watch video, but there is no substitute for your skilled hands on training.  It feels so wonderful to get such great value out of our $$$ and I can assure you, when it comes time to purchase our trawler, you will be the first people we call to help in the purchase as well
as the training.  Thanks for the information and friendship.

Judy and Warner, Telluride, CO

We are enjoying your [e-newsletters].

Saturday evening dinner on the aft deck.
After their long drive we all check out for some much needed rest. The happy but sleepy couple retire to the master stateroom so they can experience it all…
...and Captains Alyse and Chris to the forward stateroom, each with their own private head and separate shower
Up and at ‘em early Sunday morning as Captain Alyse prepares breakfast in the galley. You can hear reveille from the local USCG Station Fort Pierce. Where’s the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy?
Warner at the helm as we navigate through a series of bridges.
Captain Chris standing by as coach.
Always a treat at the end of the day. Sunset on the water…does it get any better than this?
Day two and Judy and Warner are excited to practice what they’ve learned.
Building Cruising Confidence. This is team work.
Warner is the Navigator as Judy takes the helm. Binoculars and constant vigilance are important if you want to stay in the channel when the wind blows.
Going into Manatee pocket we encounter a dredge at work. Glad that they are making the channels a bit deeper but it makes for tight passing as the locals head out to fish. Can you spot the day shapes on the dredge?
Captain Alyse on the flybridge with Judy at the helm. Almost time to anchor for the evening. Check the charts and agree on a place to drop the hook.
Clear skies and sunny smiles…full speed ahead at 7 knots!
This looks like a candidate for BCGs. Lots of charts to read so you can’t get away without your specs. We recommend polarized lenses to compensate for the water’s glare.
A dinghy run takes us through an arbor of sea grapes and over to the ocean side of this barrier island state park.
Judy has a penchant for photography and wishes she brought her professional camera. You can really appreciate the canopy created by the natural flora.
Sandy Hook at anchor on Sunday evening. We practiced anchoring a few times already and Warner is getting the hang of it. Judy learns how to handle the helm controls, shifting the twin engines instead of using the wheel for tight maneuvering.
Another gorgeous sunrise. Coffee brewing wafts through the anchorage as we plan for our last day.
Warner prepares to raise the anchor.
This confirms why you want a salt water wash down…unless you like those wash board abs.
Warner couldn’t wait to get the hose out and tackle that muddy anchor once we got back to the marina.
Judy makes some notes after returning to the dock. Lots to remember…lots to think about for that perfect boat.
Let's do it again!

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