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Training Aboard a Grand Banks Eastbay 46 in Tampa Bay
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Captain Chris was invited aboard a 46 foot Eastbay Express Cruiser to prepare the new owners for they journey on the Great Loop. Building Cruising Confidence is best when we work with the couple as a team, sharing the helm and deck duties to make cruising fun.

We enjoyed two days aboard in the Tampa Bay waterways practicing important skills such as anchoring, docking, maneuvering in close quarters and navigation.

A storm front came through which reduced visibility, requiring us to utilize the range markers. Glad that we had discussed this navigation option in advance!

Although this couple has plans for a 2014 loop they alotted enough time for education and practice before starting out on this long adventure. They are living the dream. How about you?

Building Cruising Confidence As A Couple
Learning about the below deck systems is essential when you plan to take a long cruise. You don't need to become a mechanic but preventive maintenance is key.
An impeller for the raw water pump is an easy item to check and change when needed. Keeps things running cool.
A view of the rudder angle indicator and the autopilot indicator below deck.
The captain's view from the helm includes the Skyline of Tampa Bay where the RNC was held in the throes of a tropical storm! We enjoyed much nicer weather while training.
This looper is ready to roll.
Don't forget me!
The Eastbay 46 Express Cruiser at the dock, ready for the big adventure of a looping boat.

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