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Training Delivery Aboard an Ocean Alexander 61 foot MotorYacht!

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Training Delivery Aboard an Ocean Alexander 61 foot MotorYacht!
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Locking and Learning aboard this gorgeous 61 foot Ocean Alexander was 5 days of fun from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa Bay Florida.

New owners met us at a Great Loop rendezvous a year before they found their perfect boat. Eager to learn all they could and be informed buyers, this soon to be cruising couple attended our Cruising 101 FUNdamentals 2-day seminar in Vero Beach. Once their survey was complete and the ink dried on the purchase agreement we joined them for some onboard training.

Check out the photos below for their trans state crossing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. We even were boarded by the US Coast Guard and passed inspection with flying colors.

Don't miss the video which tours a bit of the engine start process. This transmission requires the 800 HP engines to be running when checking the twin disc reduction gear oil level. This is just like the automatic transmission fluid in your car. We really should have ear protection on when we are so close to the running engines.

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These great big RACOR 1000 fuel filters and water separators are being used one at a time. Notice the yellow handle pointing to the left hand filter which is the one in use. The vacuum gauge is between the two filters.
Here you can see the vacuum gauge is on zero indicating there is no restriction and the filter is clean. Look at the yellow and red bands which are indicators when the filter should be replaced.
Crew members are happiest when they are on dolphin watch!
Entering the St. Lucie Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway. This lock raised our boat 15 feet above sea level.
Handling the stern line and the helm is a busy task when locking. We find it's more fun when you have a two person crew to manage locks.
Our second night finds us at River Forest Yachting Center in Stuart Florida. This is the last place we could tie up and plug in before crossing Lake Okeechobee westbound.
The Okeechobee Waterway is part of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and you will notice the yellow decal at the uppermost point on this day marker. The AGLCA (GREAT LOOP) burgee shows us the wind direction in relation to the bow of the boat.
Entering another of the 5 locks required to transit from the Atlantic coast over to the Gulf of Mexico.
Dropping about 4 feet as seen by the waterline on the lock wall we are now on the west side of Lake Okeechobee.
Two more to go!
The Ortona Lock lists how far we have come. 97 miles from Stuart and the beginning of this leg of the ICW.
The starboard engine fuel filters are using the right hand filter, noted by the yellow handled pointer.
What do you see here? The Starboard engine fuel filter is a little dirty but not yet in the yellow. We will keep an eye on it each day to monitor when we need to change the filter.
Starboard hull on the right side of this photo shows the steering pressure reservoir with the needle at 12 o'clock as we expect. The electro hydraulic automatic pilot pump sitting on the shelf makes daily visual inspections easy to perform.
Blue light special! We were stopped and boarded in Cortez, Sarasota Bay by the US Coast Guard for a courtesy check. We passed with flying colors and cruised on to Tampa.
The gang's all here safe and sound at the boat's new home in Tampa Bay Florida. A lotta boat but just Ask Captain Chris and he'll show you how!

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