The Best Familiarization Cruises in Fort Lauderdale

The Best Familiarization Cruises in Fort Lauderdale

Last year, my family and I decided to move upward and invested in a larger vessel for enjoying time on the water together. I’ve been out on the water for most of my life, but things can be different when you upgrade to a larger boat. It’s kind of like the difference between driving a Cadillac CTS and driving a Cadillac super stretch limousine. They both may be cars but handling them is completely different. For this reason, my wife insisted that we sign up for familiarization cruises in Fort Lauderdale with Simex International – Marine Surveyors.

Of course, many systems of the boat operate quite similar to the old one that I had however; some of the operations were significantly different. Capt. Paul F. Squire seemed to know every single thing about my particular vessel, and helped me to learn more about the way it operates. Let me tell you; the familiarization cruises in Fort Lauderdale is something that every mariner should take when they buy new vessels.

I should have known that something was up when the seller wouldn’t put it out on the water. Unfortunately, I was starry eyed and only hindsight is truly 20-20. I got the boat home and started to clean her up. I was daydreaming about days on the water with friends. That’s when I noticed this huge crack in the hull of the boat. My dream bubble burst and I knew I needed to get professional help. I called Simex International – Marine Surveyors in Fort Lauderdale. I set up an appointment and brought the boat over for an inspection.

Naturally, the safety of my wife and kids is always at the front of my mind, and Capt. Paul F. Squire went over everything so that I could do my best to keep us all safe. Gosh, he taught me more about safety on the water than I had learned all of my years out on the water. I was truly amazed by the knowledge that he shared on the familiarization cruises in Fort Lauderdale. In all honesty, it felt like he truly cared and worried about me, my wife and my children’s safety. If I didn’t understand something the first time, he gladly went over it again and again until I got it straight. That is a man who cares about the information he is providing to you. That is why the guys at Simex International – Marine Surveyors in Fort Lauderdale are the best.

I would strongly recommend that every boat owner who gets a new boat take the time to sign up for familiarization cruises in Fort Lauderdale. You might think that you know everything, or can quickly figure it out, but you’re wrong. The familiarization cruises will save you time, effort and money. Believe me; the best thing I did was attend familiarization cruises with the guys at Simex International – Marine Surveyors. You won’t be sorry that you did either.

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There are many requirements that an insurance company expects the Fort Lauderdale owner of a vessel to comply with, including a mandatory marine insurance survey. When you need marine consultants in Fort Lauderdale, it would be wise to contact the most widely sought after vessel insurance inspectors in the area, Simex International – Marine Surveyors in Fort Lauderdale.


"Captain Paul did an excellent job . He was prompt and extremely thorough. He was invaluable in helping me make a decision in purchasing a vessel. You won't find anyone better."

Charles Burch

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