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Old 01-07-2020, 06:41 PM   #1
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Hello Wonderful Forum - question about 'trawler schools'

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Jeff & Trish here.

Thank you all for a very useful forum. This has been our go-to site as we gather info for our Great Loop adventure. We are a couple in our 50's who live in Charlotte, NC and are planning to get a 'starter' trawler for a few years before taking off on the big trip.

Question: anyone have experience with 'trawler schools' in the southeast - probably Florida ? Some of the few I have looked into have very dated websites (reviews, calendars, info) and / or questionable reviews.

Seeking referrals on chartering for a few days to experience living aboard and trawler basics. We've been mates on bareboat catamaran's and have been sailing, but haven't engaged directly as if we were learning to captain.

Thanks again for the welcoming and useful forum!!
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My wife and I have completed training at US Powerboat through a local boat org, Club Natique. Not cheap but learned through testing and practical training. They have multiple classes, basic power boating, intermediate, night navigation, coastal cruising etc. each class was 32 hours of class and hands on. Big focus on safety.

Not sure if you have anything like this in your area but may find something via a boat club.

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My wife and I have completed training at US Powerboat through a local boat org, Club Natique. Not cheap but learned through testing and practical training. They have multiple classes, basic power boating, intermediate, night navigation, coastal cruising etc. each class was 32 hours of class and hands on. Big focus on safety.

Not sure if you have anything like this in your area but may find something via a boat club.

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Please define "Not Cheap"? Thanks.



We getting back into trawlers after a many year hiatus. We previous Power Squadron, USCG Auxiliary, etc, but will be looking to brush up.
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Welcome aboard. I think that Southwest Florida Yachts has some on the water training available. No experience with them so I canít make a good or bad recommendation.
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We are in the Charlotte area too, and didn't have luck finding local resources.

In a very similar situation, trying to get some experience, so we have elected to take a few days this January with "Trawler School Charters" out of Dania, FL. We go at the end of the month, so I will happily report back our findings and give an update.

Captain Bob's concept of actively engaging you in the captaining of the trawler right away appeals to me and I'm hopeful that we will climb a sharp learning curve and gain the experience to do a "bare boat" charter next out of something like Southwest Florida or maybe try to find something closer to home in coastal NC.
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Attend this ( and add a day or two) and you may wind up with near the same education...


http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s...0-a-45643.html
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If you are asking about Trawler School Charters (Trawler School Charters - Hands on Trawler Handling Course in the Florida Keys) and Captain Bob then my wife and I did his 3-day/4-night charter last year.

I will start by saying that we enjoyed it, feel like we learned some things, and feel like it was well worth the cost. I also have to add that the food that Captain Bob provided was truly first rate. So, in general, I would recommend it.

On the other hand, I have to say that Captain Bob has what might best be described as a "bombastic" personality. He is absolutely NOT the shy and retiring type! I can definitely see how his personality might rub some people very much the wrong way. So, maybe weigh how you respond to strong personalities when considering his course.

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Jeff and Trish,
Welcome to the Forum. I don't know if you are interested in combining training and gaining experience with a vacation, but if that could work, check out NW Explorations based out of Bellingham (Wa.) and Sydney, BC. They offer 3 day skippered training and also some fairly long guided floatillas on Grand Banks yachts going to places like Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound, or for the more adventurous, Alaska. I have not used this service, (so no first hand knowledge), but I have run into them several times on our travels. The floatilla leaders seem very knowledgeable, helpful, and assist participants as much as the participant needs. Contact them to get details if interested.
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[/Quote]

On the other hand, I have to say that Captain Bob has what might best be described as a "bombastic" personality. He is absolutely NOT the shy and retiring type! I can definitely see how his personality might rub some people very much the wrong way. So, maybe weigh how you respond to strong personalities when considering his course.

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Jeff and Trish,
Welcome to the Forum. I don't know if you are interested in combining training and gaining experience with a vacation, but if that could work, check out NW Explorations based out of Bellingham (Wa.) and Sydney, BC. They offer 3 day skippered training and also some fairly long guided floatillas on Grand Banks yachts going to places like Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound, or for the more adventurous, Alaska. I have not used this service, (so no first hand knowledge), but I have run into them several times on our travels. The floatilla leaders seem very knowledgeable, helpful, and assist participants as much as the participant needs. Contact them to get details if interested.
+1 for NWX for all of the above.
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Please define "Not Cheap"? Thanks.



We getting back into trawlers after a many year hiatus. We previous Power Squadron, USCG Auxiliary, etc, but will be looking to brush up.
$ 2,000-$3,500 but give significant discounts.
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$ 2,000-$3,500 but give significant discounts.

Was that per person, or for a couple? And what does it include? Thanks.
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make sure you do a thorough search/research of different schools and charters.


while many have great experiences, some reports are not so positive.


but this is also true in many areas of life....so as usual look for the too good to be true both facts and opinions...


here is one I remember garnering a lot of interest on forums awhile back...


https://trawlerschoolchartersdaniabe...ct-one-he.html
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We are in the Charlotte area too, and didn't have luck finding local resources.

In a very similar situation, trying to get some experience, so we have elected to take a few days this January with "Trawler School Charters" out of Dania, FL. We go at the end of the month, so I will happily report back our findings and give an update.

Captain Bob's concept of actively engaging you in the captaining of the trawler right away appeals to me and I'm hopeful that we will climb a sharp learning curve and gain the experience to do a "bare boat" charter next out of something like Southwest Florida or maybe try to find something closer to home in coastal NC.
Thank you, and yes - please share your review.
I have seen several posts on the school you have chosen - some 'great' and some 'guarded'.
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+1 for NWX for all of the above.
Sounds like a great idea and one that I will add to our notes - we have several years before completely taking off, so this may be one of our 'working vacations' in advance. Thank you !
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Go take all of the classes you can at the Power Squadron, and USCG Auxiliary.
Then find a boat that fits your needs, and remember you and your wife will never agree on the right boat. If you do there must be something wrong with it
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Was that per person, or for a couple? And what does it include? Thanks.
Per person, but I recall we received 1/2 off for both signing up and immediately signing up for the next class. They have done a nice job, plus you can rent different boats, practice and find out what you like.
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