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Old 12-31-2017, 03:37 PM   #12
O C Diver
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City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 7,700
Spend some time on other people's boats. I have a 100 ton Masters License and had never run a vessel over 40'. Got an offer to 2nd captain an 80' boat out of NJ for the weekend (owner was looking for a new captain). Sure. After a walk through of the engine room, helm, and an introduction to the crew, we loaded 25 customers. The owner handed me the keys and said the helm was mine. Nothing like learning a new boat with 30 people watching. The weekend went fine. Docking the twin screw steel hull was actually a lot easier than I had expected. Received an offer and declined it. I don't like those kind of surprises from an employer.

The take away is that the fundamentals are the same; take your time until you're comfortable; assess situations such as docking carefully before attempting them. Lastly, remember that you can always hire a captain for a few days, to help you learn a new boat.

I bought my last trawler first; it's cheaper that way.

I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
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