The “Introduction to Cruising” Experience
What is it?
A chance to experience all aspects of the cruising life aboard a 72-foot Nordhavn motor vessel. This is a hands-on experience in which you will participate in all aspects of cruising, from trip planning to passage making to care and maintenance of the vessel. You will also have the chance to explore and have fun at the destination location, meet other cruisers, and enjoy cocktails on the flybridge. You are not “guests” nor are you “crew”. You won’t be waited on or made any more comfortable than anyone else on board. You also won’t be asked to do menial tasks except as part of the team. Our aim is to expose you to all the realities of the cruising life and to help you decide if this is the life for you.
You should consider this if:
1. You think you want to cruise on a boat but have never done it for an extended period of time.
2. You know you want to cruise on a boat but your partner needs some convincing
3. You love sailing and want to know what it’s like to be on a trawler
4. You’re dreaming of buying a Nordhavn and want to experience one first hand
5. You are going to build a boat and want some real-time live aboard experience to help you make design decisions
6. You want to gain experience and sea time
As part of the experience, you will participate in many of the following activities, depending on dates selected, destination, and weather.
- Trip planning – planning routes, departure times, tides, etc.
- Meal planning and preparation – developing menus and meal plans for passage and at anchor, cooking, menu planning to make use of most perishable items first
- Provisioning – shopping and storing of provisions
- Preparation for departure – review routes, gets weather forecasts, ensure readiness for rough seas, and bring up electronics and engines
- Electronics – use of radar, charting software, sonar/depth, AIS, autopilot, VHF radio
- Safety – fire safety, man overboard, engine room checks, abandon ship procedures
- Standing watches, including engine room checks – Rules of the road, what to look for on watch, hourly logs and engine room checks
- Power management (generators and batteries) – review of boat’s power systems, use of generator, hydraulic alternators, and/or shore power
- Anchoring – selecting an anchorage, anchoring procedures
- Boat care (washing and maintenance) – washing boat after passages, daily boat care, bottom care
- Inventory management – how to store and find critical items onboard
- Engine care and maintenance – oil changes and other maintenance
- Weather forecasts – various sources for weather information
- Customs/immigration – How to check into and out of the US and other countries
- Tender – launching, operation
- Fishing – underway
- Snorkeling, diving, spearfishing – if in appropriate location
Bradley Rosenberg (RYA Yachtmaster 200-ton offshore license) and Kathy Clark, (USCG 100-ton Master license) welcome you aboard Shear Madness and will do our best to make this a fun and educational experience. Married in 1999, our first boat, also called Shear Madness, was a 56-foot Oyster sailboat. We cruised her for seven years in and around Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. We sold her in 2007 and in 2010 made the switch to a trawler with the purchase of the current Shear Madness, a 72-foot Nordhavn. Now retired for good, we plan to cruise all over the world and look forward to introducing you to the cruising lifestyle.
What is included
Your experience includes accommodations for two (in a shared or separate guest cabins), all food and non-alcoholic drinks, introduction to all aspects of cruising and boat maintenance, the ability to ask any questions you want, some hard work, and plenty of fun. We provide some beer and wine and other drinks, but drinking is strictly prohibited when underway and very limited when at anchor. This is not a booze cruise!
You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the boat.
Please contact us for rates.
We are a non-smoking and drug-free boat. Current or recent smokers cannot be accommodated. We will also do a pre-screening to determine any compatibility issues. Living together on a boat requires a certain amount of patience and tolerance and we reserve the right to refuse anyone who we believe would not be comfortable with our approach or compatible with us.
Boat handling and docking in close quarters is not included. While we may enter or exit a marina, you will not have the opportunity to drive the boat during that time. There will be time for driving in open water situations.
This is not a structured class – it is an “experience” which can be customized based on your situation. We are willing to share our knowledge with you and help you have a real cruising experience. We do not guarantee anything beyond that.
You must have a valid passport and proof of medical insurance/coverage.