After we closed on the boat, we flew back to Stuart to attend what can only be described as ‘Fleming University’. We met up with AJ – our Fleming representative – and over the next week we covered EVERY aspect of the yacht from bow to stern. There wasn’t a system, pump, nut or bolt that we didn’t cover. The electronics and navigation systems alone are mind-boggling! I took copious notes but I’m afraid I have no idea what some of my shorthand says. The good news is as a part of the excellent customer service that Burr provides, we have a list of at least 10 reps and their cell numbers ready to assist us should we get in a bind wherever we are. Everyday we cruised for a couple of hours so Jeff could learn how she handles but most importantly practice docking upon our return! Living on the Texas gulf coast, we do not experience the tides and currents that are prevalent on the East coast. They can be quite tricky when entering or leaving a dock or inlet. He passed with flying colors the very first day!
At the end of the week, we were tasked with taking her out by ourselves for an overnight. WHAT!!! So soon??? Jeff was fully prepared however I was a bit more nervous. Not to worry though….remember I had that list of reps names and cell numbers! We headed north about three and a half hours to Fort Pierce. The weather was beautiful and we cruised up the outside (Atlantic Ocean vs. the Intracoastal-ICW) to get there. We checked into the City Marina which has a great little beach bar/restaurant on property and is just a short walk into town for other shopping and dining. The next morning we headed back to Stuart via the ICW. Aside from the dredge barge which blocked our path for a short period, it was a pleasant and successful trip back!
Jeff and AJ on the flybridge checking out the radar and charts
Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki Bar