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Old 03-30-2017, 02:12 AM   #1
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Trawler training

Looking for some good options for trawler training in the Tampa St.Pete, FL area. Prefer one on one with a capt experienced with single engine trawlers. I'll provide the boat.

I've checked out a few local schools, and fine for the classroom stuff. Also, have a few good instructor, but not local.

Also, asking around from brokers, fishermen, charter captains, etc.

Ideas or recommendations?
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:42 AM   #2
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I would not limit your search to power schools. One of the best small boat handling instructors I ever found was in a sailing school. He was magic with single prop sailboats in current, wind, and tight slips.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:02 AM   #3
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I have a friend in the area who's an experienced captain and helped me bring my boat over to St. Pete from Cocoa. PM me and I'll give you info.
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We have done two training sessions. The first one was at Anacortes Yacht Charters here in Washington State. They have many weekend training courses on many different types of boats. We did a single screw trawler.

The second time was with a paid training capt. that came to our boat for the weekend and ran us through every part of our boat and then on the water training with me and my wife. He flys all over the US and Canada doing this work. Although, if he flys to you, you pay for his tickets and hotel... He is local to us. We found him at the Seattle boat show and really liked him. If you want his information, PM me and I will share it.

Honestly, both training weekends were WELL worth the money spent for both my wife and I. I have boated my entire life and learned a lot from both instructors.
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Capt. Bill should be along soon. He is from Sarasota.
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I would really suggest to try and skip formal schools at first and just hire a captain recommended by someone in your marina for an afternoon. Bess and I paid a guy our broker reco'd $100 for a solid afternoon of goofing around on the river and it was plenty to get us going. Once you get the ball rolling with the basic concepts, it really is just a matter of experience and getting your muscle memory all trained up. No amount of training replaces that :-)
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$100 for an afternoon is pretty good.....

I would expect more like $200 -$300 per half day if the guy to totally indendent from a purchase deal.
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Local broker referred us to local shipwright/delivery skipper. He spent 2-3 hours with us getting a docking system working, cost $60. Absolute bargain.
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$100 for an afternoon is pretty good.....

I would expect more like $200 -$300 per half day if the guy to totally indendent from a purchase deal.
I would expect a minimum of $300 but more like $350-400 for an entire day.
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I had a 24ft. Sea Ray Sundancer before I got the trawler. I was totally terrified to drive it. The first time I took it out, I had a captain no charge. A friend of a friend. He just wanted to spend a day on the water. He is in between boats.

Much to my shock, it is actually easier to drive the trawler than it was to drive the Sea Ray. The hard part for me was all the power systems, bow thrusters, etc. to learn. I'm getting the hang of not too much dock slamming anymore! I think that's an art! LOL!

Love the St. Petes area. I work mainly in Tampa. I'm sure you can get a dozen or so captains around there. Interview a few.
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Absolutely....but half days are usually way more than half a full day as it is tough to fit 2 jobs in one day unless at the same marina and or town.
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I would really suggest to try and skip formal schools at first and just hire a captain recommended by someone in your marina for an afternoon. Bess and I paid a guy our broker reco'd $100 for a solid afternoon of goofing around on the river and it was plenty to get us going. Once you get the ball rolling with the basic concepts, it really is just a matter of experience and getting your muscle memory all trained up. No amount of training replaces that :-)
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I would expect a minimum of $300 but more like $350-400 for an entire day.
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$400 a day would be dirt cheap for a good instructor. I'd be glad to pay double that, but I want the best. Someone who not only know, but knows how to teach, and teach my Admiral. If she can run the boat, life will be good.
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I had a 24ft. Sea Ray Sundancer before I got the trawler. I was totally terrified to drive it. The first time I took it out, I had a captain no charge. A friend of a friend. He just wanted to spend a day on the water. He is in between boats.

Much to my shock, it is actually easier to drive the trawler than it was to drive the Sea Ray. The hard part for me was all the power systems, bow thrusters, etc. to learn. I'm getting the hang of not too much dock slamming anymore! I think that's an art! LOL!

Love the St. Petes area. I work mainly in Tampa. I'm sure you can get a dozen or so captains around there. Interview a few.
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If you know one, let me know. I've had several that "have had time on a boat", "have a captains license", "know how to teach" etc. I really want someone that has the experience, knows the boat and knows how to teach. Not easy to find. But let me know if you know one.
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I would really suggest to try and skip formal schools at first and just hire a captain recommended by someone in your marina for an afternoon. Bess and I paid a guy our broker reco'd $100 for a solid afternoon of goofing around on the river and it was plenty to get us going. Once you get the ball rolling with the basic concepts, it really is just a matter of experience and getting your muscle memory all trained up. No amount of training replaces that :-)
Good advise. I really have a pretty good handle on the basics, but want a bit more. Dealing with strong winds and currents, in close quarters. Fine tuning, and knowing when it just won't work.
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I have, great guy, and I may have the opportunity to use him.
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Good that you recognize that many are not that good, even with recommendations from boaters that have limited experience with training captains.
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Get in touch with Captain Chris and Alyse they are awesome! We spent three days with them and they are great teachers!

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