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Transition from a Cheoy Lee 47 Ketch to a 41 Tiara Express Cruiser
SKOL sits at the dock just before sunrise.
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Another sailor has moved to the dark side. This new boat owner decided to move from sailing to power boating and gave Captain Chris Yacht Services a call for transition training.

Wishing for more deck space and a swim platform, the Tiara 41 was his obvious next boat. Goals included travel to Block Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket all in one weekend. While sailing is his passion, this sailor couldn't visit the islands in a short 2 day sailing cruise so a faster boat was the solution. This Tiara has a wide open aft deck and helm area, swim platform, a large saloon and stateroom, air conditioning and a generator. Propulsion is achieved by TWIN Caterpillar 3208 diesels with a sensible cruising speed of 20 knots.

I flew into Providence RI to help with the transition from sail to power, anticipating a learning curve to include all the below deck systems as well as basic power boat handling. We rode together to Osterville, Mass where his new boat was currently berthed. We had about a 120 mile trip to his home port near Duck Island- Old Saybrook, Conn and we planned to make the voyage in one easy day.
Upon arrival we reviewed the entire boat, stem to stern and top to bottom. We crawled through the bilge areas and spent a lot of time in the spacious engine room looking over the drive train, battery systems, switches, circuit breakers, vacuum system toilet, rudder tie rods, auto pilot sensor and the electrical bonding system.
After our thorough inspection we fueled her up, went to the grocery store and settled down for the night.AFTER enjoying a mouthwatering New England dinner at a local waterfront pub. Yum!
We waken to a chilly sunrise (remember I live in Florida!) and our adventure begins. Start the engines, check the exhaust flow, then a look at the tide level reveals we do not need to open the bridge opening up to West Bay. A slow idle out the channel brings us into the Nantucket Sound of the Atlantic Ocean, the island of Nantucket in sight as we steer west. Time to get the boat up on plane and cruise past Marthas Vineyard, Woodshole, Block Island and into the Long Island Sound. Connecticut here we come! 
AS we travel we experiment with the RADAR and watched the RACON signals, maneuvering around a few Ferries. The world of a cruiser is smaller than you might think. During our journey we spied the first Kadey Krogen 55, having met the owners in Stuart FL a few years ago. A short chat on the Marine VHF radio and poof! Our Chamber of Commerce day on the water is almost complete. Nearing Duck Island we drop our speed to ease into the channel of her new Connecticut homeport.
Take a dream cruise through the photos below to see the RACONs and other landmarks along the way.

Skol...A toast? cheers? good fortune? All of the above work for us!
Checking all below deck systems before we head out early the next morning. This allows us to review what is familiar and detail what is not.
Good to know what spare parts you have on board...and what spare parts you may need to purchase before you get too far from home port. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of TowBoat US insurance!
Both the life raft and EPIRB were out of date. We stayed in sight of shore and within radio range for THIS trip but it is wise to have both evaluated and recertified before heading out again.
Gorgeous weather starts our journey. Can you smell the salt in the morning air?
The tide moves through the bridge creating fierce currents. Having the power of twin engines is a definite advantage...
...apparently some sailboats have had a hard time negotiating through the tight channel.
All systems are GO!
Looking for this RACON as we navigate using paper charts in conjunction with the GPS and RADAR...what's a RACON??
On RADAR it looks like this...the center of the rings is our location and the RACON shows up as a long set of dashes ---- at our 4 o'clock position. The other flecks and dots are boats and other green or red buoys nearby.
And this is what we see when we look out the window. It is 67 ft tall, flashing every 2.5 seconds and emits the signal we see on our RADAR. Cool when it all comes together like this.
ADMIRAL makes a beautiful contrast to the green landscape on a crisp New England morning.
Crystal blue waves follow as we zoooooooom along at 20 knots.
Some mark a shoreline and have different light signals to let us know our viewing perspective. GPS helps to confirm but don't forget to check the paper charts...
Other navigation aids are buoys with bells and lights and an occasional napping seagull.
Beautiful sailing yachts share the sound with us.
And stately trawlers join us from their winter in the southern waters. This is a Kadey Krogen 55. If you ever get the chance, go play in her engine room. Rooooooomy!
Gorgeous lighthouses guide the mariner through rain, fog or darkness...We merely enjoy it's beauty as our weather is superb!
Flashing green light every six seconds at 58 feet tall is our first lighthouse then the next is 71 feet tall....line 'em up and avoid the rocky shoreline.
As we enter the channel we encounter a privately maintained range marker that doubles as a birds' nest.

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