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.
Dwight & Darlene
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
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
Nov 10. Nov 14th 2018
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.
Chad & Sabrina
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.
Cindy & Rick
Thompson Station, TN
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
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
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