Grand Banks 42 Trawler ‘Blade Runner’ Delivery from Clearwater, FL to Key West, FL by Captain Jerry and Wendy Taylor

‘Blade Runner’ in Key West for Xmas
December, 2016

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We arrived at Clearwater Beach and were greeted by our past clients and friends, Ron and Caren. Their GB42 ‘Blade Runner’ is moored behind their beautiful home and  also seemed glad to see us. Ron and Caren became ‘Blade Runner’s’ owners less than a year ago. Since then they have transformed the boat from and aging dowager queen into a beautiful young princess! Built in 2000 it has had a succession of good, caring owners but Ron and Caren easily take first prize. The boat now looks as if it just arrived from the Grand Banks Factory yesterday. We have the responsibility of taking their ‘Baby’ to Key West, so after going over the boat, and a great dinner together, we turned in for an early morning departure.

Day 02: Blade Runner GB42 2016 Leaving Clearwater
With a good weather forecast for the next 3 days we left  Clearwater Pass at the first hint of dawn. Ron and Caren accompanied us to the outer mark in their Albury Skiff to get some early morning shots of ‘Blade Runner’ underway. We turned south towards Egmont Chanel outer marks and then to Venice, dodging hundreds of stone crab pots.  After fueling at the Crows Nest Marina we moved to our alongside slip, washed the salt off, checked all the engine room levels and conferred with a diver to make sure the bottom was clear of any debris, as a strange vibration had developed during the day. The diver reported that all the running gear was clear so the source of the vibration had to be somewhere else. At 1700 we poured ourselves an adult beverage and adjusted our attitude on the bridge deck watching the sunset over the Gulf.

Day 03:Blade Runner GB42 2016 Departing Marco Island
Heading out of the Venice inlet at 0700 we began another day of light winds, fair sea conditions and thousands of crab pots!  Unfortunately we still had a vibration. Lots of head scratching and eliminating various possibilities in the engine and drive line, leaving us with the suspicion that the starboard vibration dampener was the culprit. The Raymarine system was also up to it’s old tricks, losing the GPS signal every few hours, and the depth readout at the most critical moments. At 1500 we arrived at the Marco Island entrance and were safely tied up at Factory Bay Marina at 1530.

Day 04:
Another beautiful day for a 0645 departure to begin the 88 Nautical Mile run to Key West. 8 more hours of dodging crab pots and we entered the Key West Channel and then to the Galleon Marina where we ran down between the outer breakwater and the first row of slips, and into a slip only one foot Blade Runner GB42 2016 Galleon Marinawider than the boat.

Blade Runner GB42 2016

Delivery Summary:

Total Distance: 228 NM
Total Running Hours: 23
Average Speed: 9.9 Knots @ 1800 – 2000 RPM

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Marlow Explorer Motor Yacht ‘White Lightning’ Delivery and On Board Training Captain Jerry Taylor

Almost around Florida

IMG_0096January 2013

Our rental car drive from Ft Lauderdale to Bradenton was uneventful, unlike our experiences over the next few days aboard the Marlow 72′ motor yacht.
We found ‘White Lightning,’ and her proud new owners David and Helen Bruckman at Twin Dolphin Marina enjoying a ‘best wishes’ final visit from their broker Kathy Quam from Marlow Marine Sales. Our quick review of spare parts on board, indicated we needed Racor fuel elements, and raw water impellers and belts for the C18 Cats and the two generators. The boats final IMG_0076IMG_0083destination and new home was to be Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, where parts are more expensive and sometimes difficult to find, so this area of the “prep” became more important.

We spent as much time as possible going over the boat’s systems with the new owners, some basic knots and line handling
The next morning after a spare parts delivery, we departed Bradenton for the Gulf of Mexico and then south to Venice. By the end of the day, the owners had decided that the most economical cruising speed for the trip would be 8 knots, around 1000 rpm for the 1000 HP Cats, and that they wanted to go through Marathon and NE to the Bahama Bank and over to Nassau, rather than through the Okeechobee and SE to the Bahamas. This presented several IMG_0080IMG_0088challenges. Firstly, the Okeechobee route provides a much richer teaching environment for boat handling with protected water, including the lake crossing, busy narrow channels, and 5 locks and several bridges. Secondly, the distance from Marco Island to Marathon required settled weather and a very early start to accomplish in daylight at 8 knots, with the trickiest shallow section being the final 10 miles to Marathon.
With a settled forecast we departed Venice at 0715 Saturday morning, and ran the 80 NM down to Marco Island. While navigating the Marco entrance and ICW to the Factory Bay Marina, the basic flaw in the Marathon plan became obvious – LOW TIDE!. With a draft of almost 6 feet (measured while in the slings IMG_0091during survey), depth in the Marco channel and ICW as we made our entrance, was between 6 and 7 feet in some spots. The next morning at our early departure time, the tide would be not only be dead low, but also a minus tide. A phone call to the local Tow Boat US operator confirmed that our earliest departure time would not be until 0900, in his words, “Or I will be pulling you off the sandbar!” A certain amount of consternation followed our announcement of these facts, and the need for a revised plan for the next day. Two choices – Run the boat at cruise RPM around 17 knots and to Marathon in daylight, or go back to Ft Meyers at 8 knots and into the Okeechobee waterway. After several hours of going over times and distances David and Helen decided they would rather go back to Ft Meyers than burn the extra fuel to get to Marathon before dark.
White Lightning Marlow 72 2013Next morning at 1000 we departed for the San Carlos Pass to Ft Meyers and the Okeechobee Waterway, and despite heavy Sunday traffic we reached Rialto Yacht Harbor at MM# 119 at 1700.
Monday was spent navigating 4 locks, crossing Lake Okeechobee, learning basic knots, going over the rules of the road and finally reaching River Forest Marina at SM# 16 just at dark at 1800.
On Tuesday, after transiting the St Lucie Lock we wound our way into Manatee Pocket for fuel, then continued on down the ICW towards Ft Lauderdale in very strong and blustery Easterly conditions offshore, making it inadvisable to run outside.
By Wednesday it was evident that David and Helen would have to wait a few days for the weather to moderate before crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. So we departed ‘White Lightning’ at Harbour Towne Marina in Ft Lauderdale having travelled 365 NM together, transited 5 locks and added 50 engine hours.
Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 365 NM
Total Running Hours: 50
Average Speed: 7.3 Knots
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Grand Banks 42 Trawler ‘Suroan’ Delivery and On Board Training Captain Jerry Taylor

Intracoastal School with Captain Jerry Taylor

April, 2012

The Grand Banks 42 MY ‘Grand Finale’ now named ‘Suroan ‘ and her proud new owners were waiting for us at the Vero Beach Marina.

Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012We 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 Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012anchoring 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.
Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012Al 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.
Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012Suroan GB42 April 2012To watch a short video of this on board training trip please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eKTQ3jqQxc

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Grand Banks 46 Trawler ‘Cotytto’ Delivery, refit management, on board training. Trappe, MD to Newport, RI

Ready to Go! Don’t think so!

May, 2009

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In mid May 2009 we loaded our Subaru Outback with tools and delivery gear, and set out for the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay to rescue the Grand Banks 46 ‘Cotytto’ from an apparently ‘overlong’ stay at a local boatyard. “If your Captain can be here on Sunday night she will be ready to go Monday morning!” were the words of the yard owner to our client.
This was how we found ‘Cotytto’ on Sunday afternoon – hauled out, no props, no batteries, both engine cooling systems apart, no fresh bottom paint and both fuel tanks open! Ready to go! Not Quite!

IMG_1129Why do owners new to boating continue to believe they can drop off their expensive, complex yacht, and expect all work to be accomplished on time and at the estimated cost, unsupervised? In our experience, without an owner or representative on site, disappointment and misunderstanding soon follows a project that is not closely monitored by all concerned.

Seven intensive days, and a demanding three page work list followed, before we were finally able to get underway for Newport, RI.
During the week the new owner expressed disbelief at our detailed progress reports, to which we suggested that he drive down to see for himself. He did, and pitched in to help with some of the heavier projects, such as a new engine room fire bottle.
IMG_1166Tasks completed included: Rebuilding the Caterpillar fresh and raw water pumps and cooling systems, flush both ‘Cat’ after coolers, replace the generator stop solenoid and heat exchanger and filters. Trim tab reservoir replacement, Refrigeration system charge, rub rail repair, windshield wiper replacement, cleaning both fuel tanks, props trued balanced and coated with Prop Speed and reinstalled, replacement of all 12 volt batteries, servicing of all seacocks, rebuilding of autopilot cylinder, and bottom paint touchup.
IMG_1151This is not exactly how most people see the job of a delivery captain, but our motto is, “Whatever it takes to get it done!”.
Once free of the muddy creek and the sticky embrace of the boatyard, we fueled ‘Cotytto’ at Jacks Point Marina in Oxford MD and departed the next morning. That evening we arrived at the Chesapeake Inn Marina, where the weather door slammed shut, and we had to hunker down the next day cleaning and organizing while the gale on the Delaware abated.
At first light Wednesday morning, we departed Chesapeake City and had a rough but uneventful 91 mile run to Atlantic City.
Thursday we ran up to Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey, where the owner joined us for the 108 miles to Noank CT and then on to his home port of Newport R I.

Cotytto GB 46 2009 Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 406 NM
Total Running Hours: 43
Average Speed: 9.4 knots
Average Fuel Burn: 12.5 GPH
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