Author Archives: The Captain

Slow Down or You’ll Miss It

10/16/17.              10/20/17

Captain Bob aka Cabin Boy Boy!

Thank you very much for a fun introduction into Trawler’s. Your philosophy of teaching and keeping things simple was invigorating. We really enjoyed visiting many different anchorages they are hidden gems. (Biscayne state park, Hurricane Harbor, 100,000 BC just like you told us it was like going back in time plus many more stops…, Manatee, Dolphins, and amazing sunsets.

We learned to bond together and handle a trawler all by ourself.

You are an unbelievable cook and all very healthy. We had a blast playing your game “U Tuber” what a great time. I left you my book A Year of living your yoga. Daily quotations. 10-16 it’s about learning 10-17 all we need to do is slow down, 10-18  the most powerful thing is unseen. Enjoy your daily quotes. Enjoy the Ron Zacapa 23 year old rum.

We will miss you Captain
Lara & Greg
Vienna, VA

We Loved it So Much We Stayed 3 Extra Days

10 – 9                10 -13- 2017

Captain Bob,

Thank you for the valuable lessons on docking & navigation, handling a trawler plus experiencing living on board. We had a great time, and the location- we stayed an additional 3 days B&B on the Miami Mermaid. It was the perfect vacation with an education!

The meals were delicious and nutritious. We enjoyed the Do’s & Dont’s on buying a trawler when we’re ready to retire and buy our live aboard. For now we have the confidence to go charter on our own.

We will miss South Florida’s weather when we’re back on the farm freezing, we will be thinking of Wilma basking in the sun, Wilma is Captain Bob’s blow up doll he uses for his surprise woman over board drill. We graduated and became part of the “Trawler Scholar team”. Wow 398 clients have graduated Trawler school in the past 12 years under Captain Bob’s school.

Thanks for Everything
John & Debbi
Shoshoni, WY

Blowing Bubbles

10 — 1           10 — 4 — 2017

Dear Captain Bob-

Thanks for everything! Invaluable trawler experience, delicious healthy meals. Great advice. Your ABC’s of your Trawler Buying Book you wrote  was a great door opener for attending Trawler School.

Thank You
Houston, TX

Captain Bob,
I agree great, great healthy food had a wonderful learning experience. Bonded working with Cyndi whilw trawlering in beautiful spots. I’ll never forget using your hand soap as mouthwash. I was blowing bubbles for days. Ha Ha

We had a great time.
Stan the trawler Man
Houston, TX

What A Confidence Builder!

Aug 14th  —-  Aug 17 2017

Captain Bob,

Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher, letting us operate hands-on training on your trawler on our own, at the helm, and letting us take full control (what a confidence builder). We learned in a very relaxed atmosphere. Your approach to teaching was keeping it simple, you covered so many subjects we learned way more than we ever expected.

Your knowledge in the purchasing process was invaluable due to your past personal Trawler brokerage experience. We already feel much more comfortable and confident moving forward on our future Trawler plans. Your school was worth every penny.

Thanks Captain Bob!
Kelly & Rick
Minnesota, MN

Empowering and Magical – Exactly What We Were Looking For

July 17 2017.               July 21 2017

Captain Bob,

Mike and I found exactly what we were looking for at trawler school. You gave us the knowledge and confidence to continue our dream of the “Great Loop” we were very concerned about charting and navigating, you got us though those steps.

In addition to the knowledge, skills and confidence we gained, we also had a great time. Your jokes and tales amused us delightfully.

We will never forget our docking classes, being able to dock a 40′ single engine trawler was empowering as a Manatee gently played on the near the hidden cove’s shores and mangroves was simply magical.

Tammy & Mike
Huston TX

#1 in our Book

July 10-2017              July 14-2017

Captain Bob –
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Claudia and I appreciate your experience and willingness to share all of your trawler experiences. We thoroughly enjoyed your course and fabulous meals.

You are a great teacher with lots of passion and we learned a lot about trawlers, above and beyond our personal boating experiences.

Your trawler school is #1 in our book.

Thanks Captain Bob
John & Claudia
Atlanta, GA

We Salute You

06-17-17 –  06-21-17

Thanks so much for such a great time! We really appreciated you sharing all your knowledge, on-the-job-training and years of experience training people. You made learning fun and simple.

We’ll never forget the 4 rules of the road, (RRR), and check with Captain Know-it-all among many other important lessons, you made boating seem simple & less threatening.

We appreciate the in depth engine and electrical classes.

Your other hat, Chef Bob we salute your culinary skills, the salads and very healthy meals were marvelous.

Thanks for all the lovely anchorages, the Marina Stadium, lnlets, Bays and Lagoons.
All within cruising range of 3 days 4 nights.

We certainly enjoyed the entertainment and look forward to maybe running into you when we cruise South Florida. What a wonderful cruising ground!

Your lesson on how to find the right trawler, negotiations , contracts, surveyors, documentation and closing, insurance & marine financing, chartering has put us on the right track for our future trawler.

Bill & Geni
Annapolis MD

No B.S. & to the Point

6-12-17.             6-15-17

Captain Bob,

Thanks so much for squeezing me into your trawler school. Even though you were so booked up you still found me a spot. My experience was educational, adventurous & most of all fun!

The information you shared with me was invaluable. I really appreciate your no B.S. and getting right to the point & keeping your schooling simple. Great teaching skills and a real sense of humor, it’s been a real, pleasure.

Thanks, Dave A
Horseshoe Bay TX

Two Captains Report

Captain Bob,

Even though Len and I are both USCG certified boat Captain’s we decided we needed to attend Captain Bob’s Trawler school before we considered “trawler buying.

Have to admit we learned some new tricks on boat handling, navigation, docking & working with “Captain Know-It-All” which is what Captain Bob named his chart plotter located on his flybridge. He also has a back up Navionics on his I-Pad along with Radar scoop.

The best was yet to come on his anchor class, when you set The Mighty Moe, his anchor, you’re set in for the night.

Great classes on the Diesel engine and electrical. Worth every penny we spent. -Patti

My wife Patti which is a (coxswain) donates her time and outboard 25′ cruiser every weekend on USCG Auxiliary safety patrol with 3 other crew members on the west coast of Florida. Captain Bob’s safety rules of the road were right on.

We found that our final day class on buying a trawler, along with the pleasures of trawler life onboard, was a true education which we’ll use in our future plans. The food was fantastic! You’re a great chef and very healthy menu. -Len

Thank you!
Patti & Len
Apollo Beach, Fl.

A Lifetime of Instruction

May 8 – 2017.           May 12 -2017

Captain Bob,

Thank you for the much needed instructions, and hands on training. It opened my eyes to several things I never even thought of.

What you taught me will last a life time. This is the start of searching for my first trawler and it will become my live-aboard, I’m very excited to settle in on my new trawler.

Thank you for everything
Mark B
Little Rock AR