Since the boat chase had clearly become almost an obsession (don’t all good things start that way? Yeah, and some really bad ones too!), I figured it was time to get Julie involved. This needed to be something we were both in tune with.
As teachers, it’s clear that a picture saves a thousand words, and actually doing it, saves a thousand pictures. So, during our winter break (a week off in the middle of February), we found ourselves in Ft. Lauderdale at Capt. Bob’s Trawler school. Captain Bob was the epitome of a salty dog, a bit gruff and old fashioned, with a nebulous past. But he was also a fantastic teacher. He managed to differentiate the instruction so that Julie, who knew practically nothing about boats or boating, was not overwhelmed, and I was not bored. He also had the right mix of classroom and on water cruising. All in all, a great choice, at a very good price.
Some observations and lessons learned:
- We really enjoyed our 4 days on the water.
- We confirmed that we didn’t like the layout of “galley down”
- Slow trawlers are still interesting, even at 7 knots.
- We still didn’t like manual pump toilets.
- Capt. Bob also turned out to be a fantastic cook and salad maker.
- Julie took the longest solo drive of her life, 1000 miles, as she had the task of bringing the car down from NY, as I was once again calendar challenged. She had a great time and found the best fried chicken ever.
- Given the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, as one showed up while Julie was swimming at our anchorage, even as we yelled our encouragement, she took a second look at the 7 foot dolphins as it slid just past her for the second time, and she was out of the water in about 0.3 seconds.