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Voyage & On-Board Training
Step 4 in the Five Step Plan to your Sailing Dream
Learning Your Boat
After you purchased the boat you may not feel confident taking her out of the slip. We can help you gain confidence with short-handed docking techniques or perhaps helping you set up your slip so that just the two of you can handle your lines with ease.
If you are moving aboard, we can help you get organized. If you have bought a used boat there may be lots of spare parts and equipment stored throughout the boat we can help you determine what is of value and what is really just garbage. You may have more storage than you thought once we have helped you sort it all out.
Next, we can help you make a maintenance log to get you started on the right track for when to change the engine oil, check the sea strainers, descale the air conditioning systems, or maybe you need help figuring out how to pickle or un-pickle the water maker. How about the navigation equipment, do you know how to tune your Radar for your boat? We offer detailed personal instruction of how to use and maintain your boats systems and equipment.
First Voyage Training
Many of our couples come to Florida to find their cruising boat, but they live in Houston or on the Chesapeake Bay or even on Lake Michigan so we provide voyage training to help you bring your "new to you boat" to your home waters. We have sailed on journeys both to and from the Caribbean as well. Or maybe you have had enough near coastal experience but you would like help navigating the Gulf Stream for your first crossing be it from Florida to the Bahamas or racing to the Yucatan across the loop current, we can help. From three days to thirty days we can make a plan that fits your needs and your budget.
What to expect: first allow at least two days to get organized and properly stowed for sea. Check your safety gear, you may have purchased a coastal cruising boat but the journey home may require some offshore passages. We can save you thousands of dollars by providing offshore safety equipment like a six person Life raft, SOLAS Flares, SPOT messenger service, and Satellite phone to name a few. These are all items you may not need to purchase until you plan on long distance cruising. Often we have surveyed the boat before you purchased it and can help assess the work needed based on the findings and recommendation that must be done versus what we can do together or what can wait until you get home. By teaching you our weather forecasting we'll help you learn how to select the best window to move or when we should seek save harbor.
We provide detailed instruction on how to provision and monitor your limited resources on a long passage. The fuel system and fuel consumption, the need for clean fuel and if the fuel is of unknown age we may recommend fuel polishing how to plan your stops to refuel. We review what charts you need and what additional equipment you may want to invest in before the journey, like installing an AIS receiver. Practice our single-handed man over board technique to determine which works best for you and your boat (remember, you're a couple, if one of you goes over and the other is now single-handing!). In addition, we are always available after the trip to continue with technical support and answer any questions you may have.
Training on Your Boat Personal and/or Voyaging
with customized training specific to your boat tailored to your needs. Sail handling, docking, anchoring, systems operation, systems maintenance, equipment selection and much more.
Standard rate: $600/day plus travel and expenses
Call us for quotations customized for your boat and your learning and voyaging needs.
Dave & Allison Florida to Buffalo, NY via the Erie Canal Voyage Training, Vagabond 47 "Black Swan"