Intracoastal School with Captain
The Grand Banks 42 MY ‘Grand Finale’ now named ‘Suroan ‘ and her proud new owners were waiting for us at the Vero Beach Marina.
We had not previously met Al and Sue, but had spent time discussing their training needs and expectations by phone and email.
Together the four of us used our detailed ‘pre departure check list’ to carefully go through the boat above and below decks, we then made the trip to West Marine for Coast Guard safety gear, spare fuel filters and other necessary bits and pieces.
The next morning after a stop at the marina fuel dock to top the tanks, we got underway for Harbor Isles Marina in Ft. Pierce. The protected wide fairways and floating docks Harbor Isles and nearby Faber cove make an excellent training location for almost every variety of docking and anchoring situation.
We begin these training sessions with general engine room orientation by going over all the mechanical and electrical systems, and “hands on” basics such as, required impeller and belt changes and fuel filter replacement. Our focus is to make the new owner familiar with the necessary daily requirements to keep the boat running at it’s best without calling in high priced technical help. Interspersed with time spent below decks, we teach knot tying (the bowline, clove hitch and the square knot), The correct way to coil and throw a line, and safety on deck.
Al and Sue wanted to get a firm grip on “close order” docking and anchoring as soon as possible, so we began many pleasant hours of underway instruction on our way to Miami. We made overnight stops in North Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale, before reaching our final destination in Miami. Each marina provided completely different and sometimes challenging docking and undocking situations but with our emphasis on ‘low and slow’ all were successful.
After 6 days together, Al and Sue returned to the West Coast, leaving us with a ‘to do’ list of 50 items, and the plan to spend 3 more days together in May.
We look forward to it.
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