Boat Handling Basics Seminar Gets You on the Water at TrawlerFest-Florida

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TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach features a boat-handling seminar to develop skills in close-quarters maneuvering and docking, not to mention the confidence gained from having been taught by two of the very best in the business.

Bob Sweet

Bob Sweet

Attendees will learn the theory in class before training on a simulator and going out on the water on our training vessel.

“Boat Handling Basics: In the Class and on the Water” is spread over two mornings--Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bob Sweet, who will take the lead in class, is the author of several marine titles including Powerboat Handling Illustrated and The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation, and Seamanship. An engineer by trade, he specializes in making complex subjects easy to understand and apply.

Mark Mitchell, our on-the-water trainer, is one of the most accomplished delivery skippers on the East Coast, not to mention owning of a Grand Banks 42. Over the past 30 years, Mitchell has logged more than 50,000 hours and 500,000 sea miles.Cruising grounds and destinations include the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes, Bahamas, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.

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Class size is limited to 15, which will break down into three groups, with no more than five on our training boat at any one time. The boat will be either a Beneteau 34 or a Sabreline 36. Boat Handling Basics is an example of our new multifaceted, team-approach to teaching.

When one group of five is on the water, the other two will be in class, training on a simulator or learning about a Hampton motoryacht’s engine room with Capt. Forest Roberts of Anchor Yacht Sales.

 Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach begins on Tuesday, Jan. 20, with seminars and goes through Sunday, Jan. 25. The in-water boat show begins on Thursday, Jan. 22, and runs through Sunday, featuring boats for long-term cruisers and liveaboards. The venue is the city’s new municipal marina across the ICW from Peanut Island.

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for power cruisers, strategically located in cruising regions nationwide. See you there and on the water.

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