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Part 2: She has the patience of a saint and the ability to explain something technical in layman’s terms.
Story and Photos by Eileen Mansfield - January 2004
Hume and Gerda Fink already knew the basics—lines, Rules of the Road, basic safety, etc. Both had spent significant time on the water and say they enthusiastically helped out when needed. But with Hume’s desire to retire onboard and with Fink and her husband about to cruise the Great Loop on their own 42-foot Grand Banks, both women needed and wanted to be able to do more.
Connie Macaluso had less powerboat experience. Although she and her husband owned a sailboat many years ago, she mostly watched the kids while he ran the boat. He is now looking into buying a powerboat and gave Macaluso this course as a gift. “Who was the gift actually for? That is the question,” she laughs, adding that she was as excited as he was about taking the course.
But it was my classmate Marjorie Tompkins’ reasons for taking the class that most surprised and inspired me. A widow in her 70’s, she recalls when her kids were younger, the family used to go out on their 32-foot cruiser. Her husband would drive, and she would take care of the “little stuff.” Now that her husband has passed and her kids are spread out along the East Coast, she wanted to have a place where her family could come together. So she bought herself a 36-foot Marine Trader. Although she was in the class for the same reasons as the rest of us, this woman needed no lesson in confidence.
For that matter, neither did our teacher. Moore is a licensed Coast Guard captain and spent many years as a sailing teacher and delivery captain before founding Sea Sense. She has the patience of a saint and the ability to explain something technical in layman’s terms (like when she used a grapefruit and a marker to show how currents affect a boat’s course).
She also has a sense of humor. “The first thing I am going to teach you about is where the brakes are,” Moore told us during our orientation at the marina in Bradenton, Florida. After giving us an overview of what we would be learning in the next few days, we talked in depth about close-quarters maneuvering, the helm controls, and, of course, how to stop the boat.
Next page > Part 3: My favorite lesson was the man-overboard drills on our last day. > Page 1, 2, 3, 4
This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.