Author Archives: The Captain

Hating the Trawler Experience

We had a couple days of B&B and brought our own toys with us we had a ball.
Learned a lot about trawlers it was a perfect mix between a vacation with a trawler education.

Here is what my last shipmates had to write about there Trawler school adventure.

3-10-19.         3-14-19

Captain Bob

We signed up for Trawler school with Captain Bob hoping to come away “hating” the whole trawler experience, giving up on the notion of trawlering once & for all…

No such luck! We had a great time and learned so much from Captain Bob along with all his classes that covered everything from soup to nuts. We were amazed at our hands on cruising on the fly bridge all by our self. We had to think, bond & navigate most of our adventure on our own. Great trust on the Captain’s part.

Captain Bob’s stories and adventure along with his jokes kept us well entertained during our delicious healthy candlelight dinner.

We had a wonderful time on the Miami Mermaid. Thanks for a great time and we now love the trawler life.

Hope we meet again Captain

Wayne & Karen

Severna Park, MD

Fishing and Paddling on the “off time”

2-18-2019             2-22-2019

Captain Bob,

We were the youngest couple onboard (40 & 43) we still don’t know who Dom DeLouise Is?…? But we learned so very much! We had many adventures and thank you for letting us bring our fishing rods and blow up paddle board. We sure had fun on our off time. Relaxed, well fed, informed, confident handling your trawler on our own…

We loved our time on the Miami Mermaid!

Nate “Retired Submariner”
Carolyn “Physical Therapist”
Outdoor adventure lovers…
Best memories, catching numerous Barracudas
Paddling with all the Manatees
“Trawler life is the wonderful life!
The youngsters Ha Ha
Norfolk Virginia say it like a local not Bostonian

Thank God for Captain Know-it-all!

2-4-2019. 2-8-2019

Hi Captain Bob

Thank God for Captain Know-it-All

Yeah, we survived Captain Bob’s Trawler school!

Thanks for the grand adventure. You made us comfortable as beginners, from learning how to anchor and navigating down the Intracoastal Waterway, to all those beautiful anchorages. We quickly learnt reading charts, and were introduced to Captain Know-it-all (a chart plotter). We were navigating on our own in no time. Great classes and good humor turns out to be a good combination for the Captain’s teaching methods.

Thank you for all your 5 Star meals – best Grouper ever. Strong coffee and yummy yogurts. Really good salads, all and all very,very well thought out healthy meals.

Thanks for many memories…

Pronounced Hollywood Broadwalk not Boardwalk we googled it you were right.
Dancing on Hollywood Broadwalk. The Patriots win.
Somersaults on Super bowl Sunday game.
The unforgettable dinner at The Portly Pig.

Sea U
Karl & Shannon
Colorado Springs, CO

Diesel Engines Made Simple

1-21-2019. 1-25-2019

Captain Bob,

Learned a lot! Very helpful as we are planing to get a trawler soon as we retire.

I’m not a mechanic, but Captain Bob’s engine class was very easy to understand and is included in his classes. I paid $900.00 for an engine class for 3 days, it was just too much information, but the Captain just shows you the 3 basic principles on how your Diesel engines work: air, aater & fuel, nice and simple.

Darlene’s seamstress skills came into play fixing the isinglass zipper on the fly bridge, the Captain was very pleased.

We saw dolphins & manatees and the million dollar Miami skyline where we anchored for one of the nights. Went to 5 or 6 beautiful anchorages and navigated the intracoastal waterway and Biscayne Bay. What an exciting adventure, like I mentioned we learned a LOT.

Thanks Captain
Dwight & Darlene
Rochester, MI

Moving Forward on Retirement Plans

1-7-2019. 1-11-2019

Captain Bob,

We came to Trawler school to learn about trawlers and looking for clarity on how to move forward on our future trawler plans. Well, we received all the training we came for. The hands on training and the wisdom of Captain Bob provided us with a plan as we are getting closer to retirement.

Thanks for your hospitality, the extra early coffee, great food. Funny fish jokes and woman overboard drill— we saved Wilma!

Thank you for a memorable experience.
Gary & Teresa
Hartswell Maine

Worth Every Penny

Nov 25th. Nov 29th 2018

Jim and I had a great time learning about trawlers. Captain Bob’s trawler school covers everything from cruising to navigating, engine class, maintenance, electrical, chart plotter (or Captain Know-It-All, as he calls it). Our biggest class was on finding the right trawler, contracts, surveyors so on and so forth. Worth every penny going to your trawler school.

Capt. Bob is very entertaining and quite the host! We felt right at home onboard the Miami Mermaid. No question, his cooking was the best and very, very healthy.

So glad we got to evaluate the trawler we were looking at with you and your keen knowledge— it will take us a long way.

Please look us up in Texas if you’re ever down our way!

Had a really good time!
Jim & Stay
Georgetown TX

We are the 412th graduates of Trawler School!

Nov 10. Nov 14th 2018

Captain Bob

Thank you Captain Bob for the most excellent cruising adventure, we came aboard as rookies and left as Trawler Scholars! Yahoo! We are your 412th graduates. We are well schooled and much less intimidated about trawlers. You made classes simple and easy. Your wonderful meals and hospitality was just what we weary land lubbers needed.

Enjoy your trawler adventures with future cadets and we hope our paths will cross again in the future.

Thank You
Chad & Sabrina
Franklin TN

It Was Like Our Honeymoon

11-4-2018. 11-8-2018

Captain Bob

We had such a fun adventure with you this week. Right off the bat your humor put us at ease and your hospitality made us feel like we were right at home onboard the Miami Mermaid, nice and roomy and very clean. Your cooking is out of this world! It went very well with your romantic candlelight dinner, and nice soft music in the back ground. It was like our honeymoon— Thank you.

Your course was fun and practical you showed us the in’s & out’s of trawlering. I’m an airline pilot and found it fun and exciting navigating the seven seas. We own a small boat and use our motor home a lot. After your trawler school we became excited about trawlering as a new lifestyle when we retire. We are now better boaters after attending your trawler school. We are your 411th graduates and it’s a honor to become Trawler Scholars.

Thank you!!
Cindy & Rick
Thompson Station, TN

Thanks, Capt. Know-It-All

10-22-2018. 10-26-2018

Captain Bob

We had a great time, your detailed classes educated us on all aspects of trawlering.
You brought excitement & zest to your classroom. Leaving us alone for our hands on training let us bond and learn how to run a trawler with full confidence. We’d like to thank Captain Know- It-All (Chart Plotter) it did in fact have all the answers when we were alone on the bridge.
Your food was in a class of its own, thank you so much Captain Bob.

Susan & Donny
Dartmouth Ma

23rd Wedding Anniversary Adventure

9-3-18. 9-7-18

Captain Bob

Thanks for a great adventure! Pat and I really enjoyed Trawler School! We both learned way more than we expected. We appreciate your wealth of knowledge, information and teaching methods, we will put all we learned toward our next trawler charter alone.

Must say, The food was out of this world just outstanding and healthy.

It was hands down the best way to spend our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. The jury is out whether to buy or charter but our next step is to charter now that we passed and earned your graduation certificate to present to the charter company. We will put all our learning skills Captain Bob taught us to cruise comfortably and with confidence.

Enjoy the video review of our cruise I’ll be emailing you shortly.

Best Wishes & God Bless
Tracy & Pat
Lake Saint Louis Mo