Sacrifice, Sacrifice, Sacrifice

3-12-17.                          3-16-2017

A terrific four days of training, practical knowledge in boat handling, docking, engine room, electrical, buying, charting, all from a practical point of view.

Good thing Captain Bob is very patient with a great sense of humor.
His cooking is very delicious and healthy.
Dave & Martha
St. Petersburg FL
P.S.: Always remember the 4 rules of the waterway & Sacrifice, Sacrifice, Sacrifice…

Hands on training = Courage

3-6-2017.                            3-10-2017

There is no substitute for “hands on training.” It brings everything you read about and inquire about to life.

Captain Bob has a good common sense, teaching you what you need to know, and keeps it simple. The Captain has the courage to let you take charge of the helm on your own to locate all the different anchorages.
The week of trawler training is just what I was looking for and more. I would personally recommend this training experience to anyone interested in trawlers as a lifestyle.
Thanks a lot Captain Bob,
Jim A.

I Had NO Idea What Pete Signed Us Up For

2-27-2017.            3-3-2017

Captain Bob,

I had no idea what Pete signed me up for. I guess with low expectations comes “GREAT” rewards.

Captain Bob has a gift of teaching, cooking,and entertaining. We learned so much, too much to list. Ate delicious food, and all the anchorage stops and scenery was just beautiful. My favorite? Sitting on the back of the Mermaid’s swim platform with Pete and our feet in the water was just heaven to us both. We don’t want to leave, but all good things must come to an end.

Thank you for everything.
Pete & Regina H.
Chelsea, MI

Boat Handling Was Totally Intimidating

2-17-2017.                       2-21-17

Captain Bob,
Location, location, location… Captain Bob’s Trawler school is the location for a trawler education. Hands on training: he leaves you in full control of the Miami Mermaid. This gave us lots of confidence knowing we can navigate on our own!

Very healthy thoughtful delicious meals and excellent coffee that he custom blends

Just starting off, we cannot think of a better way to achieve a trawler training course. For me, boat handling was totally intimidating. Not now, I’m ready to hoist off and start cruising.

Thank you for trusting us, and so many of your other student’s to handle your trawler.
You are a brave and patient instructor. Hell Yes! we’re ready to make our next move and charter a trawler on our own.

Thank you, thank you, thank you
Delouis W. and Alex K.
Chapel Hill, NC

Brain Cells: Full

2-6-2017.             2-10-2017

Captain Bob,

What fun! Everything we learned seemed straight forward and no fluff, direct, simple and right to the point. The stories and the way he taught us let everything absorb directly right into your brain cells. “Good job Captain Bob”

The surprise ending of our classes was a real shocker, and the advice was well worth the price of admission. I don’t want to spoil it, you must experience it for yourself!

Awesome cooking, classes & hands on training and living the life onboard.

It is now easy imagining owning and operating our own trawler. Our graduation party was top notch. Yipee we are now Trawler Scholars…

Sandra (Sam) & Jerry W.
St. Augustine Fl.

Trawler Reality Check

2-12-2017.               2-16-2017

To Captain Bob

Like many of your clients, we had  expectations of learning and building confidence and working together as a team. Your teaching helped us achieve just that, what we didn’t expect was a trawler reality check. We will now take our time and explore our options on finding and buying the right trawler, what great advice and thank you. Oh and the many jokes before class we are taking away for our grandchildren.

We loved the new game we all played one night U tunies on Utube what an extra surprise and very fun we’ll be playing  that at home with our friends.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and stories. Safe journeys my friend.
Court & Karen C
Springfield IL

No Fear!

1-29-2017.             2-2-2017

Captain Bob,

What a great time! We learned a lot, from flybridge to master stateroom & from bow to stern. Docking, you made you lessons so easy for us we can now dock a 40′ single engine trawler without any fear.

Rules of the road, diesel engine class was a blast, air, water and fuel. Electrial, 110vt/12vt shore power, generator, inverter and alternators 50amp & your special 150amp for charging all you house batteries.

I listened and I learned.

Captains Bob’s cooking is very healthy and delicious. Participating in the 14th annal Groundhog Day 6:00am celebrating with over a 100 people on Hollywood beach. People were dressed in tuxedos, top hats, and there was a big dressed up groundhog. We all took a dip in the ocean after the event, what a big plus to our wonderful trip we will never forget the sunsets and all the fantastic anchorages.

Well done Captain Bob
Mark & Jannette B
Croton-on-the Hudson NY

First Mate Wilma Died on Our Charter (not our fault)

1-22-17.                       1-27-17

Captain Bob,
Four wonderful days on the water! We were given lots of valuable lessons. The one class I was worried about the ‘DOCKING’ class Captain Bob let my wife Julie go first and she pulled that 40′ trawler right up to the dock not once or twice but 3 times using one hand!  My wife gave me so much confidence and I was so proud of her that I stepped up to the helm took charge and docked that trawler one handed several times ‘no problem’ Thanks Captain Bob & Julie.
Boca Chita Island, Fl Keys we spent the night and it is one of Florida’s most beautiful spots. We loved it and did not want to leave.

Captains Bobs cooking was superb he displayed lots of attention and detail to his very, very healthy meals. We feel very healthy and will miss the Captain and the Miami Mermaid
On a sadder note his first mate Wilma passed away after successfully surviving her part in the over board drill, we rescued her and she sadly died shortly after. She just deflated away (possible aspiration pneumonia) she was trawler school blow up doll for over 3 years. You can see her in action on trawler School site under videos, Woman over board. Good by Wilma…
The Captain thought I looked just like Walter Cronkite so Captain in closing
“And that’s the way it was”
Steve & Julie
Rochester NY

Experienced Liveaboards Gain Focus

1-12-2017.                        1-17-2017

Ahoy Captain Bob

Thank you for sharing a wealth of trawler information & experiences concerning trawlers. We enjoyed staying on your well kept trawler and enjoyed your unbelievable home cooking.

Even though we are experienced 41′ houseboat live-aboard’s, your trawler school helped to clarify our future trawling plans. We now feel confident chartering a trawler on our own and we earned your graduation certificate to send the chartering company.

May you be blessed with fair winds, calm seas & Kentucky Bourbon …
Gean & Dianne F.
Louisville KY

Our Best Christmas Present To Each Other

Jan 2nd.               Jan 6th 2017

Captain Bob,

A big item on our “bucket list” is cruising on a Trawler. Captain Bob’s ad in Passagemaker made a great Christmas present that we brought for each other. What a Christmas present! It was much better than we ever expected.

We boated in smaller boats for years 13′ — 26′ pursuit. We crewed and co- chartered on larger boats. Captain Bob and his practical & simple teaching skills gave us all the confidence in the world to next go on a trawler charter on our own for a few times before making a decision on buying a 40′ and up trawler. Anyone meeting Captain Bob can tell he is a very colorful character, great host and now friend.

If and when he writes a book on his personal and professional cruising experiences I’d like to have the first copy!

It was a pleasure knowing and cruising with him for a short time.

Our Best to The Captain & The Miami Mermaid
Rusty & Sara
Hickory NC