Why would you need Captain Jerry and Wendy Taylor?
Unsure of your ability to outfit and operate your trawler? Are you anxious about the confidence level of your spouse? Do you need to satisfy the experience requirements requested by your insurance company? Are you searching for a comfortable, enjoyable, natural way to gain confidence and experience aboard your trawler?
Any or all of the above? Then TaylorMade Trawlering is for you.
What Will You Do?
We will share with you our experience of over 35 years and 250,000 sea miles travelled, the equivalent of ten times around the globe. These miles have been covered on a wide variety of vessels, many of which have been single engine trawlers.
You will gain confidence and experience with hands-on instruction on board your own vessel. You will learn in modular sessions aimed at building your confidence, developing your boat handling skills and streesing the importance of safety, preparation and maintenance.
Where and When Can You Do It?:
We will train you on board your vessel, whether you need an introduction to trawlering, a brush up on boat handling, help preparing for a cruise or assistance in solving problems. You will learn in familiar, comfortable surroundings, on your schedule and in the location of your choice.
What will it cost?:
We offer a flat rate that includes three days of training using our training manual, our hotel accomodation and our per diem food charge. Travel costs to and from the boat are additional.
You will be surprised at how affordable our invaluable hands-on training and skilled assistance can be. Compared to the cost of boating without the skills, training and knowledge required for safe and fun trawlering the cost can truely be an investment in your peace of mind and well-being for years to come.
A Captain and Mate to Help You Make the Transition
Now that she's our's, what do we do?:
We can help you build confidence to eliminate 'big boat intimidation', and create a 'comfort zone, with regard to close quarters boat handling and docking.
We can oversee and survey repairs, or refit requirements after your purchase.
Can my training be combined with my vessel's delivery?:
No, we have found that training during the frequently rigorous process of getting your boat to it's destination is ineffective. Training should take place in basic segments, with attention paid to systems, maintenance, up close boat handling and safety issues.
What do we do if she quits running?:
Are you comfortable with engine room trouble-shooting, maintenance and management, including identifying spare parts requirements, procurement, inventory and stowage? We will help you select and stow the tools necessary to look after your basic mechanical and electrical needs. We can show you how to establish and document maintenance schedules for your engine room.
How do we keep the crew safe?
We will help with basic 'safety at sea' issues, and help you develop 'Sea Sense.' Weather routing and 'go no go' decision making will be discussed.
Are we there yet?
Do you understand how to set up and arrange your navigation station and pilothouse for offshore or coastal running? We can help you with piloting, navigation and rules of the road.
How do we keep the crew well fed?
We can help you organize and provision the galley for coastal or offshore 24/7 running. We will advise on outfitting and optimizing storage.
How much chain is enough?
We can teach you proper anchoring technique and etiquette, and the various types of anchors and chain required for a good nights sleep on the 'hook'.
Tender loving care.
We can help make you comfortable with launching, retrieval, securing and maintaining your dingy.
Kind Words From Those Who Know Us Best
Tom Ramey and Perrin Ireland - Nordic Tug 42 'Alexandra'
"Perrin and I both want to express our great appreciation for the wonderful day ......
Paul and Sheila Palmer - Zimmerman 36 'Montrose'
"Jerry you are a fantastic coach. I feel I am almost ready to just do what I think .....
Ron and Michelle Hall - Krogen 48 'Spirit Journey'
"Not bragging, just reporting on the great training from you two in Stuart .....
Maria Brown - GB 42 'Water Lily'
"Jerry and Wendy Taylor possess a vast amount of knowledge .....
Al and Sue Gonzalez - GB 42 'Suroan'
"It is hard to imagine we have cruised over 2300 miles during the last .....
Tina and Gary Bald - Nordhavn 55 'Cathexis'
"Jerry and Wendy, just wanted to say hi and thank you again for your great help in preparing us to handle our beautiful boat .....
Caren and Ron Errington - GB 42 'Blade Runner'
"Finally Blade Runner leaves for her other home in Key West ....
Pat and Becky McDonald - Selene 48 'Turas'
"Hands down the best investment I have ever made in all my boating years .....
Bill and Joyce Craig - Californian 45 'Idle Time'
"Last year Wrightsville Beach, this year Clearwater Beach! We have come a long way and still think of you and how much you .....
David and Susie Lee - Nordhavn 55 'Last Mango'
"Last Mango is now a completely different vessel to the poor neglected, underutilized gal we found in Puerto Vallarta .....