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

Our Goal Was to See If We Could Handle a Trawler

Captain Bob.        
Our goal was to see if we could handle a trawler.

#1 to leave and come back to the dock.
#2 learn basic navigation skills.
#3 the art of anchoring.
#4 should we buy or charter a trawler.

We had beautiful weather and did not run aground Captain Bob spent time teaching us navigating and let us on our own for the entire trip. Wow. We now have all the confidence in the world. His classes were very informative and now we have a lot to think about.

We highly recommend Captain Bob’s trawler school, it was worth every penny. What a wonderful time we had onboard, and 5 great Anchorage’s and fabulous food.

Steve & Jan
Bryan Oh

Just Sold Our 39′ Express Cruiser

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.

Thank you
Alex & Susan
Norcross GA

From Zero Experience to Microburst in one Weekend

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!
Thank You
Paul and Lee
Miami Fl transplant from Kansas

Confidence Level Increased a Mile

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
Elizabeth PA