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Sea Sense Adds Trawler Training on Chesapeake

Sea Sense Adds Trawler Training on Chesapeake

Sea Sense Offers Trawler Training

Sea Sense Offers Trawler Training

Sea Sense has added single-engine trawler training on Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis, MD.  These new courses are both the traditional scheduled classes for women as well as customized instructional charters for couples, families, and groups.  Training is conducted aboard a new, 47-foot Selene trawler, fully equipped from galley to flybridge with every modern amenity. You can read about the specific trawler in an earlier article we wrote here.  Students will be exposed to the most modern systems and equipment, including bow and stern thrusters, sophisticated electronics, and an engine room layout ideal for identifying and understanding boat systems.

Captain Patti Moore, co-founder of Sea Sense says, “These training classes are unique in that they offer potential trawler enthusiasts the opportunity to gain sufficient knowledge to confidently bareboat charter or to handle their own boat.”

Sea Sense-scheduled, women-only courses have a cruising curriculum that covers everything from boat-handling to confidence-building exercises. These are 5-day, 4-night classes scheduled monthly from May through October. As an incentive to fill the first season, the all-inclusive cost has been reduced to $3895 per person.

Instructional charters aboard the Selene are ideal for couples, families and groups and are customized to meet individual needs, calendars and cruising goals. They can also be scheduled from May through October. Sea Sense instructors are also available to teach aboard your own yacht (power or sail).

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Posted by Tom in Charter, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Destinations, Maintenance & DIY, seamanship

Women Learning About Canal Cruising With Sea Sense

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in France

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in France

Sea Sense, the St. Petersburg, Florida-based sailing and powerboating school for women, is offering a new international class on Ireland’s Shannon River and canals. Every year, the company offers a different international course, with previous locations including various Caribbean locales, as well as Italy, Greece, France and Tahiti.  The 2010 course will be aboard a modern, 48-foot canal barge and will run from Sept. 11-18.

The boat for the course can accommodate a total of six students. Capts. Patti Moore and Carol Cuddyer, Sea Sense founders, will be the instructors for the seven day adventure and the itinerary includes free time for individual exploration of the area. The route will begin in Shannon and meander through the beautiful Irish countryside that is home to ancient Celtic monasteries. Each evening will be spent tied along the canal in picturesque village ports with hospitable people and warm pubs for dinner and music.

Canal cruising is a unique way to see the Irish countryside but is also an ideal learning opportunity for women to experience boat handling, navigation, and routine boat maintenance in a controlled environment. The course will focus on chart reading, helmsmanship, hands-on maneuvering and docking, knot tying and proper line handling, and basic engine checks and troubleshooting. Capt. Patti Moore says of canal cruising, “Rivers and canals provide a protected environment in which women can learn while doing. The international charters are great because everyone is in a new area and can focus on learning and working together, all while cruising in an absolutely gorgeous place.”

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in Venice, Italy

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in Venice, Italy

The Shannon River charter is open to women with any level of boating experience as the small group size allows instruction to be tailored to fit individual needs and goals. Individuals as well as groups are encouraged to request additional information. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The per person price is $3,895 which includes the charter fee, instruction, fuel, and basic provisions for the week. Sea Sense will provide guidance and resources for travel but all registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and arrival to Shannon for the course.

Capts. Moore and Cuddyer provide all kinds of training and assistance, such as teaching deliveries and rendezvous instruction, to couples and mixed groups as well. I’d say that anyone interested in learning more about canal cruising might consider hiring them for a first-time experience.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Charter, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Destinations, Industry News, Maintenance & DIY, Passagemaking News, People, Powerboats, Sailboats, seamanship