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Bits n Pieces 03/20/2015

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So, what an unusual week!

Captain Norm and I had a very large 101-104 class. Eleven students! Holy CRAP! Well, it turned out to be 5 adults and 6 kids (teens). We let the group decide how it was divided up and I wound up with the 6 teens, Holy CRAP! Needless to say I was dubious; 6 days, 50 percent more students than normal, and TEENS; Holy CRAP!

Well, let me tell you, this was one exceptional group! Every one of them were attentive, fun loving, eager to learn (although none read their books (they were scolded for that)) and always ready to go. In fact, two mornings I showed up at the boat and there was not a sole to be seen. I dallied around for a while and finally called down below and they were all there waiting for me! Amazing!

We had a blast and I was sorry to see it all come to an end. My hats off to my newest grads: Damon, Dane, David, Dani, Eliot, and Elainna (Elly to me). By the way parents, we do have other letters to start names with in the alphabet. There were too many photo’s to just post so I made a slide show.

This week’s drink:

Electric Lemonade

1 1/2 oz. Vodka (citrus flavored vodka works best)

2 oz. Sweet and Sour

1/2 oz. Blue Caracoa

1 can of lemon-lime flavored soda (sprite, 7-up)

Sugar or salt rim a margarita glass, add a lemon wheel,

and pour the contents as listed above, into the glass.

This week’s drink found at


I’ve got a PB1101 coming up in Clearwater on Saturday. I love teaching this class and it will be fun on a students boat!

 This week’s toast:

Here’s to the four hinges of Friendship-
Swearing, Lying, Stealing, and Drinking.

When you swear, swear by your country;
When you lie, lie for a pretty woman;
When you steal, steal away from bad company;
And when you drink, drink with me.

 I’ve got a huge team build coming up this week. It will be two days long.

Don’t forget to check out Crusingfla.com. Our new website dedicated to Cruising Florida Powerboat Academy and all things Powerboat.

Gotta go! Remember On the Water…With Captain Frank




Bits n Pieces 02/27/2015

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I have two spaces available on a two-day independent sail training trip coming on April 24 and 25. This two-day sail will be filled with nothing but sailing, drilling, and fun. We are using Knot-Now, Sailing Florida’s Hunter 31, for this session. This is an affordable way to gain the elusive skills of experience and mastery! It is also a great way for recent ASA grads to step off their bareboat chartering career.

Contact me at thehelm@onthewaterwithcaptainfrank.com or call at 252-207-7179. Come join us and learn, have fun, and meet some new sailing friends. Must be an ASA101 grad or higher (equal experience also works).

Turning 50 CAN be nifty!

So, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a group of guys on a 50th birthday party cruise onboard Smooth C’s, our Viking 43. A couple of things made this trip special.

"Can I get an AHMEN?"
“Can I get an AHMEN?”

First, this group of a dozen guys flew from around the country and Canada just to surprise the birthday boy, Rob. It worked!

Second when we arrived back at the dock their van had not yet arrived. They asked me if they could hangout on the boat till it came. I reluctantly said okay, and then they asked me if I wanted a drink.

Here’s a tip: Offer me a drink first, then ask to hangout. Anyhow, I said yes to the drink and then looked on with horror as they made it. Being polite I tasted it, and it was GREAT! This week’s drink is brought to you from the frozen north of Nova Scotia.

 The Chicken Bone

 1 ½ oz Fireball whiskey

6 oz chocolate milk

Add ice

Get ready for a very pleasant surprise!

Checker’s anyone?

Me thinks it's time to eat!
Me thinks it’s time to eat!

Rick and Lisa, owner’s of several Checker’s franchises, hosted a Valentine’s Day get together with a few of their closet friends. What a blast it turned out to be!

These folks, despite a chilly evening, were FUN on steroids. Rick and Lisa, thanks as always for choosing Sailing Florida as your venue for fun!   Can’t wait till next time (when it’s warm.)

Announcing the new Cruising Florida website

Have you heard! The all new Cruising Florida Powerboat Academy website is now up and running! Check it out at http://Cruisingfla.com.

I just finished a GREAT class starring Curt, Barb, and Blake. Supporting characters (literally) included Alaster and Jose. These folks were ready to learn and have a good time. They did both.


It is sometimes awkward when students come and go for various classes amongst a core group. Not this time! Alaster and Jose blended in perfectly. We all wished they could have been part of the whole week. Thanks to all! PS: Alaster the rum (given to the deserving captain) is awesome!

Lots of great classes coming up! Contact Sailing Florida to see if they fit your schedule!

This week’s toast:

A toast to those who wish me well

And all the rest can go to hell

Found at reddit.com

Upcoming article

I recently completed an adventure on the Okeechobee Waterway. My PB1101-1102 student bought a very nice 2006 Cruiser 455 Express and asked me to bring it from Stuart FL back to Palmetto Fl on the Manatee River. Great boat and great student! Look for an article about this beautiful waterway and a review on this boat at http://onthewaterwithcaptainfrank.com .

Well, time to go. Make sure you’re seen On the Water…With Captain Frank