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Nothing can make me feel better
I want to thank all of the fine people that I have met who booked trawler charters with us as a result of visiting our web site and responding to our e-mails. The results, and the friendships, are most gratifying.

Life aboard a trawler in south Florida is about as good as it can get, but when people charter and travel with us and have a good time and write back to tell us -- well, nothing makes me feel better.


January 25th, 2020

Trawler School: A Lesson on Oil Changes

What time is it? It is time for our 100 hour oil change. If you do this religiously you’ll be happy, and your engine & generator will be happier. There is no better way to extend the life of your engine or even double it. 100 hours my friend, every 100 hours. While you’re at […]

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The Last Frontier – Cruising to Havana, Cuba

August 19 2016 4:00am Captain Bob and Captain Harry Hinkle at the helm, hoisting the anchor, and plotting our course from Key West to Havana, Cuba. Destination: Hemingway Marina, 95 NM across the Straits of Florida and the unpredictable mighty open waters of the Gulf Stream, about 12 hrs at 7.5 knots. This is our […]

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The Closing Chapter – Essential Cruising Gear

In closing, I’d like to share the books, charts, and electronics used on this trip. Everything you are about to see is taught in my Trawler School. I used MapTech Chartkits, there were 7 to get to Boston. You are looking at about $500 for all of them. They are a must, even if you […]

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Boston: Home Sweet Home!

Captain’s log  Monday June 20th 2015   “Home Sweet Home” Captain Bob, Wilma, and The Miami Mermaid completed the 20 day 1,700 mile Intercoastal Waterway trip! I would like to thank the Mermaid for the strength she demonstrated underway. She is pretty old, but has the will and strength culminating in an amazing 18,000 plus […]

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50 Miles to Go

Captain’s log    Day 19   Saturday June 13th 2015 Found a wonderful anchorage right off Newport Inlet. Fisher Island, 9 miles long, I hid in the cove for the night. 10 hour day 80 miles. My friends were supposed to meet me in Newport, RI, but that did not happen. This is the last thing I […]

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New York, New York

Captain’s log     Day 18 Thursday June 11th Sorry I’m so late writing my log, but I left this morning at 6:30 and anchored at 4:30. 10 hours and 80 miles, I was almost falling asleep at the helm. I needed a well deserved Captain’s nap. Good thing Wilma (my woman over board drill blow-up […]

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Hit the Big Time in Jersey

Captains Log    Wednesday June 10th  Day 17 Jeff, the man that picked me up hitch hiking (I gave him the $5.00 lotto ticket to win $10,000), he called me and is sending me half $5,000. How lucky can one man be! Yahoo! Shore call started at 3:00 to 7:30. We dinghy in, did laundry and […]

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Nice People, Delaware Bay, and NJ!

Captains log    Day 16 – Tuesday June 9th Very funny story: we dinghy in to buy some wine, unfortunately it was a mile away. My clients and I decided to walk down and taxi back with the much needed supplies. We had all our wine on the counter and bought it, only to find […]

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Chesapeake Bay Musings

Captain’s log day 15 June 8th Saturday As I see it, it takes 1 mile to begin a 1,700 mile journey. Southern Atlantic waterway to the shores of the Northern Atlantic waterway, region by region, state by state, city by city & wave by wave, “I shall return” to my home city of Boston Strong. I […]

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Rose Buddies, Dismal Swamp, and Tall Ships on the Chesapeake

Ready to roll at 6:00 am but consumed in heavy fog must wait it out a little. Off by 7:00am covered 95 miles in 11 hours hit a little port that has a great reputation for being the friendliest port of call in the US. Let me tell you about Elizabeth City, otherwise called The […]

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We own a 33’ cruiser Inc and would like to buy a trawler. Trawler School was our ticket for a chance to try a trawler out & at the same time receive the correct training in seamanship and navigation. We cannot begin to tell you how Captain Bob makes learning a pleasure. It is so simple and up front we learned more in 3 days than 4 years cruising on our power boat. By the way, we are selling ASAP and going into a trawler that only burns 3 gals an hour. With the price of fuel now a days we are like most people and staying at the dock.


This was not only educational but for the first time we bonded on the fly bridge and Captain Bob helped us work as a team, navigating from one beautiful anchorage to another & on our own! The captain’s home made cooking with candle lite dinners every night & soft music was so romantic. It was like a 2ND honeymoon. All we can say it was the best money we spent in a long time. Also the inside information we learned from Captain Bob on buying & finding the right trawler for what we want to use it for will save us time and money. His experience both selling trawlers and writing the ABC’s of Trawling buying book was just a huge bonus for us.


We both like to work out and the Captain runs every morning so we got our daily walk in and also worked out on the Miami Mermaid's gym. It is nice to find out how to keep in shape while staying aboard. Oh Yea, did we tell you of what a good time we had? The worst part of or trip was saying good bye to the Captain. I’m sure he’ll be hearing from us when it becomes time to buy our dream come true trawler. Once again we'd like to thank you Captain Bob   

Captain Bob,We would like to report that your trawler school has changed our lives.Before trawler school it was the same old thing every day. Get up, read the Vero Beach paper, drink coffee, walk on the beach, go out to dinner...... the same old thing, day in and day out. Now we start our day with Yacht World and Trawler Buy Sell. We've put our house on the market and plan to run away to sea as soon as it's gone. We owe it all to you. Your school was great and your captainship was even better. You showed us how easy and fun being on a trawler can be.We would tell anyone who is considering buying a trawler to go to your school first. You're a great captain, teacher and host. Not to mention quite a cook.We hope to run into you and the Mermaid sometime soon !Paul and Sandi DeloreyVero Beach, Florida

AKA Captain Backpack and Sandi Storm

Captain Bob your Trawler School was a great experience for my wife and myself to experience navigation and handling the Miami Mermaid.  Your school has helped us make our final decision on the size and style of Trawler we will pursue to purchase. Captain Bob your knowledge and hospitality is excellent.
  Ron and Sandy Reef
Merritt Island, Florida

Inspired Confidence

April 30, 2005

Marcia and I have talked about owning a trawler for a while.  But like most investments and purchases, a hundred things run through your mind.  Money, up keep, space, insurance, all the things a home owner would think about plus more.  We decided to find a person that was willing to risk everything to teach a couple of knuckleheads the ins and outs.  Finding the right person was not easy.
Captain Bob owner/operator put us at ease with his good humor and easy going ways.  After a few simple questions, the Captain trusted me with his vessel and made me feel very comfortable I had full control of the helm while underway, the whole trip.  The experience was great. I learned a lot. Trawler School Charters added experience and confidence  handling and owning a trawler.
Thanks for the experience, the hospitality and the friendship.  If you are ever in my neighborhood please stop by for the hospitality.  We would be extremely upset if you didn't.
Ken and Marcia Dodge

Redington Shores Florida

Promises Kept

Captain Bob,

Your web site promises We keep it simple.  We will present information on the fundamentals of trawlers in a relaxed atmosphere, on board, as we cruise. This is your chance to take charge of the helm and receive practical experience.  This is a hands on clinic for trawler lovers or those simply interested in learning more about trawlers.

This was exactly what we were looking for, since we thought we might like cruising on a trawler but had no real world experience and a thousand questions.  How comfortable was cruising? How big a boat was needed? Was a used boat realistic?  What about engine maintenance? What about piloting and navigation?  Your Trawler School Charters program sounded like it would help answer our questions.

The Miami Mermaid and the charter were everything you promised.  We had a wonderful time in a very relaxed atmosphere while learning the fundamentals of cruising on a trawler.  We learned about trawler types, surveys, contracts, engine maintenance and refurbishing a previously owned boat.  We reviewed cruising guides and books on boat and engine maintenance.  We piloted the Mermaid using the charts, chartplotter and autopilot.  We familiarized ourselves with marine electrical and sanitation systems.  We anchored out and learned that sleeping on board is NOT a problem.  In between all this, you feed us excellent lunches, elegant candlelit dinners and showed first-rate DVD movies.  We could not have asked for a better cruise.

Thank you very much for providing such a satisfying experience that was both educational and relaxing. The Trawler School Charter is a great idea and has our complete support.

John and Mary Jane Grabowski
Wausau, WI

You gave us the confidence !

Dear Captain Bob,

Thanks for being the perfect host and captain for our boating adventure!

When we planned this trip we were interested in building on our boating knowledge, but we also wanted a relaxing vacation in the Florida Keys.

You showed us a great time and were willing to tailor the training to our needs.

Three days on the Miami Mermaid

Our three days on the Miami Mermaid fit the bill perfectly! We had a chance to experience trawler living in beautiful settings, learned about anchoring out, piloting a boat, plus got lots of advice on what to look for when we take the plunge and buy our own trawler. Our few days with you gave us the confidence to know that we can captain our own boat someday.

PS. The food was great, too!

You showed us a great time and were willing to tailor the training to our needs.

Thanks again!

P. S. The food was great too!

(We will send pictures soon)

Mike and Andi Loney
Silver Spring, MD

Hey Captain Bob!

We saw the Miami Mermaid pulled up just north of the Hollywood Blvd.
Bridge yesterday (Tues. 11/15) morning around 10 am.

We wanted to show you that we did learn to pilot a trawler and have
been having a blast on ours for about 3 years and over 10,000 miles.
You may not remember us, but we took your three-day course in early
June 2007… we remember particularly you tucking in behind a skyscraper
to gain protection from a sudden storm and then having us cruise
across Biscayne Bay in the middle of another one- " Use the
autopilot", you said- "…it will keep you on course better than yo can
in rough weather!" We've used that lesson more than once!

We bought in Spring 2008. She's a 2004 Selene 36 Polit house. We
bought her in St. Louis so we've done the inland waterways south to
Mobile, across the panhandle and down the west coast of Florida. We
crossed to the eastern side of Florida and have cruised from there as
far north as the Canadian side of Lake Ontario- twice- We have one
small segment of the Great Loop yet undone, and we may do that this
coming year- Right now, we'd headed for a "winter in the Keys"!
We trust all is well with you- our experience aboard the Miami
Mermaid is certainly indelible among our boating memories!

Best regards,
-Susan & Carolyn

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