July 9th – July 13th
Captain Bob, you run a great trawler school. You packed in 40 years of knowledge into 3 days!
We learned a lot for a couple that just sold a 39” express cruiser.The most important lesson I learned is how to be patient and flexible…. we are now ready for our trawler future. Great food, great company, great fun. We recommend your trawler school for anyone who is looking to cruise on a trawler.
Alex & Susan
6-23-18 to 6-26-18
Thanks Captain Bob for teaching us everything about trawlers. We never been on a boat before! With the help of your book and advice we brought a 39’ Mainship Sedan trawler.
Now after your training course we feel 100% confidence of pursuing our dreams cruising the Bahamas and the Caribbean at the end of this year.
We made it through the Micoburst storm where the winds went from 5mph up to 40mph in poring rain the storm came out of nowhere and lasted 15 minuets. The boats in Hurricane Harbor, a well protected anchorage, were all sliding off there anchors and running into each other with one capsized boat. We made it with your leadership and knowledge by picking up anchor and going straight into the storm on our own, avoiding all the other boats. We were unharmed and heading straight into the sunshine, boy what an experience of a lifetime. In 13 years the Captain had been through 3 Mircoburst storms. They can reach up to 60mph, they come out of nowhere, and can last anywhere from 1 minute to 20.
We made it!
Paul and Lee
Miami Fl transplant from Kansas
6-18-18 to 6-22-18
Thanks Captain Bob for a great time! Our boating skills were improved, our knowledge of various systems increased and our confidence level was raised a mile. You are a very effective teacher with a sense of humor.
The classes, hands on training & recreation was a perfect blend. The fish jokes, ehh? Just kidding.
We leave the Miami Mermaid & Captain Bob with wonderful memories.
Thank you again.
Duane & Holly
6-11-18 to 6-15-18
We had no trawler experience and Captain Bob’s trawler school turned out to be lot of fun. We were off the dock cruising immediately to beautiful scenery, lots of different stops and anchorages.
The whole experience was great including the food and quarters. Thank you for the new trawler skills and adventures.
I really recommend this trawler course for those that want to learn everything about handling Trawlers I learned a lot and it still felt like a vacation.
Captain Bob aka “Cabin Boy Bob”—
Knowing absolutely nothing about boating, you have given us the confidence to know that trawlering is something we can do, and enjoy! We know we can’t take on the Great Loop yet, but your school was our first step and our next step is to charter a trawler on our own. We will prepare ourselves with all the knowledge and experience we learned in your classes. With Captain Bob”s wise advice we now have a solid plan to move forward. Captain Bob we appreciate all the time and patience and trust you’ve given us.
My time onboard the Miami Mermaid has been fun, relaxing, exciting and adventurous and very enjoyable.
Thank you Linda
It has been the best learning experience understanding trawlers. I knew a little about boating, but less about operating a trawler. After your intensive classes I know a lot more about these cool boats. Thank you for you patience and your excellent cooking! Best wishes for you and your future students.
Take care and God Bless.
Linda & Don
In contemporary culture today all to0 frequently expectations do not measure up to reality. Not so with Captain Bob!!! His trawler experience and knowledge has helped us throughout all the subjects you covered, we found the confidence we came for.
Kudos to Captain Robert Hamilton in showing us the way to our next step into taking our trawler adventures.
We are in-debt to the skipper, you have enriched our lives…
Matthew & Virginia
Hilltop Trail Sparta NJ
Captain Bob. 4-24-18. 4-28-18
What a voyage it was! Cynthia and I knew that our limited experience as lake and river boaters on our 30’ Sea Ray was not nearly enough for us to step up to a bigger boat (trawler) and making such a important decision without exploring Trawler school for more experience and knowledge.
Thank you, Captain Bob, for sharing your vast knowledge and wisdom regarding trawlers. Selecting the right model, size, buying, surveyors, handling and most of all the trawler lifestyle.
We are now convinced we are going in the right direction. Captain Bob you did it through a well planned, well executed and fun, exciting program.Thank you for an experience of a lifetime.
We’ll never forget rule #4 “Wake Management” and we’ll keep an eye out for your cook book.
We’ll be in touch,
Steve & Cynthia T.
I really felt like we learned quite a lot, our days on board were very special as well. Great stories to illustrate all of your points we are now ready to charter a trawler. Your food was amazing. Thank you so much.
Don & Mary
West Chapel, FL
Thanks for a great time! Trawler school was awesome. You’re an excellent host, chef and knowledgeable teacher, but most of all your fun to be around! I’d like to hire you as our chef on board our trawler when we find one.
Enjoyed the wild and sea life, all of your informative lessons covering from A to Z. We found your school very informative and helpful. Thanks for a wonderful time on the Mermaid.
Brett & Betsy