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Old 06-28-2012, 11:59 PM   #21
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As part of our prep for buying a trawler within the next couple years, my wife and I want to increase our knowledge and hone our skills. ... I've been boating for the better part of 50 years, with experience on cabin cruisers up to 30 feet (earlier in life) and sail up to 76 feet. My wife's experience is about 20 years, mostly with 20-foot skiffs and up to 46-foot sail.

We would appreciate any recommendations on the most useful boating courses to take. ...
Huh? You're already over qualified.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:04 AM   #22
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Mark, I'm pretty sure that after we practice maneuvers about 5,000 times, we'll be half-way decent!
That's for sure. That's for dang sure!

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Years ago when we decided to move up to a larger boat a decision was made to hire a local Pro. . . . We learned methods and tricks that our instructor spent years learning himself. The most valuable was close maneuvering, proper use of lines to get into tight spaces, anchoring techniques, etc.
This. Sounds like there's a balance between getting instruction and just drilling on these kinds of techniques that I'll be looking for.

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I recently brought my 45 footer from Grand Traverse to Hamilton Ontario. About 800 miles. Previously I had a 30 foot Trojan. I was not sure I could drive that big boat but I figured it out in three or four days.
Thanks. Sounds like a great trip. I'm from Brantford originally, BTW.
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Thanks. Sounds like a great trip. I'm from Brantford originally, BTW.
Driving a boat is the easy part...understanding it's systems and limitations...well some people NEVER figure out their boats....
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Driving a boat is the easy part...understanding it's systems and limitations...well some people NEVER figure out their boats....

This is where "Less is MORE"

Not having complex costly gear to constantly maintain , reduces ones lifestyle only a tiny amount.

EG refrigeration on board under way is usually a $6K noisemaker , and a $$$ fridge to feed., plus big batteries to replace.

For $400 a large well insulated ice chest can be purchased.

Lasts a week (with no kids aboard) , how long are you unable to get to a dock?

KISS , the lifestyle for folks that enjoy the trip, not the tool box.

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