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From Lake Boating to Cruising the ICW - Learning About Options While Living Aboard

Captain Chris Yacht Services
From Lake Boating to Cruising the ICW - Learning About Options While Living Aboard
Welcome to Fort Pierce! This Manatee came to visit as we were out on the docks. They are so ugly that they are cute.
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What do you do if you own a classic Chris Craft 410 Commander floating in a landlocked lake in Texas and want to learn about cruising the US East Coast and LOOPING? Spend a few days aboard Sandy Hook in south Florida.

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

This boating couple enjoyed Living the Dream aboard our 44 foot training trawler while cruising the ICW on the Treasure Coast. Different than their lake boating, cruising in tidal waters involves navigating channels, maneuvering around and over the sand bars and experiencing turbulent waters of the incoming tide from Fort Pierce Inlet.

Anchoring was a joy too since this couple has not anchored on their Texas lake. Captain Chris reviewed the ABCs of anchoring and then we put words into action. It's great when a plan comes together!

The weather was rumbly and the winds were gusty at times so we were able to see how a trawler reacts with a fairly round bottom, full keel and s-l-o-w engines that top out at about 8 knots when we run at full RPMs. A little different than the Chris Craft.

All the fun we had was topped by a shore patrol trip for Bert when the dinghy motor refused to start. We used plan B and hopped aboard the YELLOW Kayak and paddled to shore, no big deal.

Many times clients come aboard to learn about what’s needed on a cruising boat. While our boat is terrific for looping, hopping over to the Bahamas and living aboard comfortably, we are not stabilized. So, we do watch the weather and prefer to travel in seas of 4 feet or less or stay put a few days and wait for the weather to break. Mainly our travels find us in the protection of the Intracoastal Waterway up and down the entire east coast of the US. We have, however, been caught in 10-12s in the Chesapeake which wasn’t any fun! That said, we can cruise just about anywhere along the eastern seaboard and the Caribbean if we don’t have a schedule to cloud our judgement.

Although their first plan was to sell the Chris Craft and purchase a larger, ocean going trawler to go cruising, they are rethinking that plan. Maybe truck their boat from the lake and bring her to the waterways of the ICW? Maybe still look for that perfect trawler? It’s good to have options!

Join us to start Living your Dream!

Let's review the local charts. Navigation and Rules of the Road are so important whether you are traveling on the ICW or out on open water of the ocean.
Nice head lamp! Makes seeing in dark corners of the engine room a bit easier. Even so, you can't have enough flashlights on a boat.
Three in the engine room for maintenance 101.
At the helm and getting comfortable with it.
The Navigator has your back!
Off Range and .....
....On Range! These range markers can be found as you are leaving the Fort Pierce Inlet and heading out to the ocean.
A rip line defines where the salt water of the ocean and ICW meet the fresh water of nearby Taylor Creek. The line moves as the tide changes or the fresh water run-off increases after a heavy rain.
Looking out toward the inlet channel you can see the bright green clear ocean water meeting the brackish water mixing from Taylor creek. Watch out for those shoals!
Notice the dredge coming out of the side channel on the left. We technically have right of way (we see his green side) but it is usually a good idea to give way to the larger vessel especially if it may have difficulty maneuvering like the dredge.
Lots of traffic around the intersection of the inlet in Fort Pierce. Notice the TowBoatUS with a vessel under tow?
Sunset at anchor. Storms all around us but they wait until we're asleep for about an hour before they declare themselves. Gotta get up and check our holding as the winds pick up and shift 180 degrees.
They are good but No, they are not walking on water....just on a sand spit at high tide. Captain Chris and Bert on shore patrol just after sunset. And Yes, they had their nav lights ready and working.
On their morning run to the beach the outboard would not cooperate. Plan B is our Kayak and it looks like Bert is helping to paddle.
Time to retrieve the anchor and head back to home port.
Blink and our time aboard is over. But Oh! So many things to think about when they return to their lake boat. So many things learned while cruising on SANDY HOOK...see you on the waterways!

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