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Selene 48 Ocean Trawler Living The Dream!

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Selene 48 Ocean Trawler Living The Dream!
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This Cape Cod couple had the chance to do what most people can only dream of doing - sell their house, buy a boat and move aboard to become CRUISERS.

Even better, they are now SNOWBIRDS!

The boat of their dreams was a Selene 48 Ocean Trawler, and lucky for them their son found one while he was cruising the Bahamas this winter. Good job son! The former owners returned to the US  putting the boat on the market and Doug & Michele were quick to make the purchase. This boat was perfect- clean , maintained well and up to date on all service. It was in move-in and cruise-away condition.

We worked with Doug and Michele for a few days to help them transition from their smaller boat to this larger TRAWLER, learning below deck systems, “get home” engine, power management and basic operation of the single engine boat with bow AND STERN THRUSTERS. What a joy to maneuver!

The days flew by while we all had fun with their new boat and then, it happened… they said goodbye. We wished them Bon Voyage and off they went! The adventure begins.

We can’t wait to see them next season as they return to sunny Florida with so many stories to share! In the meantime click here for an update of their adventures.

Start with an introduction to your engine room...
....next we crawl around all the below deck spaces. What's this and what do we need to look for? Signs and symptoms of a happy boat!
Checking out the deck wash down system.
Anchor pointers before we practice deploying the hook. Once at the dock confirms everything is in good working order then we head out to actually try it out.
This cruising couple plans to head north after a few days aboard with us. So, we spend some time reviewing navigation charts and discussing options for marinas and anchorages. Don't forget the Skipper Bob books too!
A telescoping boat pole helps to remove lines. Notice that the line is not CHOKED. Always give yourself a large enough loop to drop it over a piling or you may leave some lines behind when you are in a hurry to leave or if the wind won't cooperate.
After you and the captain agree on which lines you will hand first, let the dockhand know- cupping your hands if it is windy. Have all possible lines ready: attached to the boat, coiled neatly so they are ready to toss when you get close enough.
A successful docking at Harbortown for a pumpout!
Team work in progress. Navigating with GPS, Paper charts, Binoculars...The next red is at 11 o'clock. Do you see it?
Docking practice makes perfect.
Building Cruising Confidence As A Couple!
The adventure begins. An early morning cast off from Harbour Isle Marina in Fort Pierce. Do you feel the butterflies? Soon they'll flutter and fly in the balmy breezes. Enjoy!

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