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Hi Rob

We just want to thank you for everything and having so much patience with us! We called into Orlando Rosa on the way home and met Carlos. Great tip from you and he gave us some excellent advice! We agreed to stay in touch until we are ready to buy next year! So guess we’ll see you in Olhâo then! Will look into the ICC stuff when we get back and we’ll get in touch!

Till then enjoy your well earned break in Dublin, merry Xmas and talk again 2020.

Best C&C



Dear Rob,

We were back to Beijing last weekend and already engaged in our own workloads.

As your very first two students from China, we really enjoyed the boating course and appreciate your kindness, attentiveness and boating sophistication. We would highly recommend your course.

All the best wishes and hope to see you again!

Song & Adele



Hi Rob

Just a quick line to say thanks for the course, it was both very informative and hand on, you also made the whole experience fun!

Both Sarah and I will both be back for more tuition  in the near future .

Kind Regards

Martyn and Sarah Green



The two day power boating course was just what I needed to begin my voyage of discovery with all things boating. Your practical no nonsense approach and calm style was most welcomed. It also helped to have some great students on board with us, as we all learned from each others mistakes and was a bunch of fun as well. thanks again – and see you soon,

Sam Shnaps


Rob , what can I say – epic!

We are still buzzin!  Thanks a million



Hi Rob

Thank you so much for your help … amazing how just an hour or so has made me much more confident at manoeuvring the boat!

Had a great trip to Villamoura last week and are off to Albuferia tomorrow!

See you soon and thanks again.




Hi Rob

Thanks for everything. We have loved the training and looking forward to some boating

Just looking round at boats and came across this, not sure on year or spec but reminded me of the one you looked at, just for your information.

Speak soon




Hi Rob,

We really enjoyed the training with you, your calm and smooth way to teach coupled with right patience to make it easy for all.

Looking forward to see you next time!

Best regards,

Klaus and family



Hi Rob,

Just wanted to say Thank you for 2 great days! I did learn a lot.. and so did Leif but he has harder to admit it.. ?

I went to Antonio to show him and he was very impressed so the boat goes in the water this week.. then we will train.. ?

Take care and enjoy your holidays!




Hi Rob,

Today was a great day . Rosi and I headed out at 9 am and headed for Albufeira . We had a nice lunch on board that Rosi prepared and we spent the afternoon on anchor at olhos de Aqua . We had to exercise man over board as my hat blew off on the way home  but you would have been proud of us as we recovered it with our new boat hook at the first attempt . The return to the berth was pretty good

And we got tied up on the first attempt. It’s a very different situation to strangford lough but a fantastic day .

I’m going to make sure Jonathan spends some time with you as he will really enjoy this place too.

Talk soon

Many thanks

Roy and Rosi



I couldn’t recommend Rob Harris, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor highly enough.

I recently completely completed a 2 day Level 2 PowerBoat course with my two teenage sons in Lagos with Rob. The experience was overwhelmingly positive. Rob pitched the instructions and teaching brilliantly and the atmosphere was relaxed and conducive to learning and confidence building.

Jamie Coady



Hi Rob

Just to let you know , Davide and I had a good few hours maneuvering and anchoring today – he did not take the wheel once even when I was running v close to another parked boat due to an unnoticed wind change – Thanks to your excellent tuition I was much more relaxed today and took time to think and work out what to do to recover each ‘mistake’ – no parking run was ever aborted, just ‘re-styled’ and not always ‘text book’ – but I eventually landed the boat where it needed to be each time !

Do pencil me in for that Friday / Saturday and we will keep it touch

please PIN me those nice anchoring positions as we discussed

See you soon – and thanks for all your help and patience




Hi Rob

I hope you did not see me parking the boat, because it took me 3 attempts because of the wind! Hope everything is cool on your side!

Glad to report that I had no accident/incident so far thanks to your teaching!

Take care, Francois.



Hi Rob,

Thank you! very much enjoyed the course and your calm instruction, loved it, is there somewhere I can leave you a top review?

Cheers dude…Jared




Thanks a million – really enjoyed the 2 days and hope I didn’t try your patience too much!

We’ll talk over the next few days re next steps





Hi Rob…

Just wanted to say thanks again for a great couple of days. Learnt way more than I hoped… cant take my eyes off that App now. Some big waves !

Nick Chatburn



Hi Rob,

Just to say a big Thank you…Muito Obrigado to you again for your time, professionalism, patience, excellent teaching skills and very personalised approach to make the whole RYA/ICC course such a successful as well as enjoyable experience…much appreciated.

Wishing you a nice, well deserved relaxing weekend, and a good, safe drive back to the Algarve,

Best regards,





That’s fantastic.Also just want to thank you for a great 2 days of instruction.   It was massively informative and fun.

Thank you. I will post the photos.




Hi Robert,

I first want to thank you for 2 fantastic days with you and the 2 course students to get my boat license.

Went out with my boat this weekend and must say that the NSG is a perfect system to control

the boat in and out of the harbour. Everybody I have seen in the past 2 days are having problems with docking the boat, they are going forwards and backwards many times before docking. Your way of teaching has been very good for me, there I am a bit stubborn sometimes.

Thanks again and I can and will recommend you to everybody whom is looking for any boat licenses.

Kind regards,

Jacques de Kock



Hi Rob,

Sorry to mess you around but I’ve got to change our plans for Monday to meet up with board colleagues.

Thanks for all of your help!

Today was perfect. You’d have been proud of us!!

Hopefully a refresher when next over.

Kind regards, John Treharne



Hi Rob

Just to thank you for a great day yesterday- first time for us anchoring and lunching at Culatra. A very enjoyable (and as always instructive) day!

Kind regards




Hi Rob

Firstly, many thanks for a thoroughly informative and enjoyable course this week – the boys and I learnt a huge amount and had a great time doing it

You asked me to ping you a note to see if it was feasible to run the 1-day jet ski course for Dan…

Speak soon




Hell Harry,

In the name of Marie and Greg and myself thanks a lot to you for these 3 very nice days.

We all enjoyed very much the course and the way to have been very patient and instructive to us.

I will certainly come back to for some advise about the boat and say hello when wa are in PT.

Kind regards,




Hi Rob

Fantastic week, great instruction, great company. Loved every minute, something I’ve always wanted to do, and especially since I bought the new boat.

Many, many thanks, you were great.





I took the 2 days course with Rob and was very impressed by his way of teaching. He’s very calm and gentle, speaks slowly and clearly, which was important for me as a foreigner to english! He took his time to repeat every part that was needed to be, without putting pressure on me. He also let us experience our own fault and interacts only when really needed. Great job, Rob, Thanks!

Philippe, Switzerland




Many thanks for your tuition and patience. You are a gentleman.

Best regards

Frank Jennings



Hi Robert,

Just a huge thank you for the last two days.  It was such a great experience and for me an adventure.  Great people, great trainer and great fun.  The perfect combination.  It was a big event for me personally…achievement…its been a few years since I was truly proud of something I could do for me.

We all three hope to get together again soon for a day out.  May need to shout you for some help to get a good hire sorted.  Hope you won’t mind.

Have a great weekend.

Kindest regards...Peter



Hi Robert.

Just a quick line to thank you for a very enjoyable 2 days.

Will definitely be recommending you to anyone we meet interested in the course..

Thanks again

Keith and David




Just a quick note to thank you for your patience and fine instruction over the past two days.

A thoroughly enjoyable, relaxed and informative course.

Greatly appreciated.

Best Regards

Martin Robertson-Bond



Hi Rob,

Passed the exam, was really quick and smooth.

Thanks again for everything.

Speak soon.





Hi Rob

Well, first trip out on my own went very well and you would have been quite proud of my parking, I was ?

Many thanks for your help and advice today it was very appreciated.

Hopefully lets get together towards the end of this week and to please let me know if I owe you anything for this morning.

All the very best




Hi Rob

I would like to thank you very much for all your help support knowledge and teaching and as I’m sure you have guessed we are a very close loving family and I would never do anything to hurt them so until I feel more confident I would not attempt going out on my own between Luis and myself we will work together I will have more time with you at a later stage not sure if it will be this visit as we go back in 10 days but when or if we get a boat I will contact you and I think Sarah may like to come along.I really feel you have taught me so much though it is now in printed in my brain I wake up thinking of neutral steer gear. Thanks once again.

With very kind regards Anne .x



Hi Rob,

Just a quick email to say thanks for the powerboat level 2 course. I really enjoyed it and learnt a huge amount.

If you do decide to run any additional courses in the future such as Navigation, drop me a line as I’m sure I’ll be interested.

All the best,




Hi Rob. Just a quick note to say thank you for your time and for looking after trish and I so well.  We really enjoyed the course and can’t wait to get started.


Athil & Trish



Hi Rob,

Thanks to you as well to always meet our expectations and taking such good care of our customers!

It is always a pleasure to work with professional people that knows what is doing!

Many thanks.




Hi Rob,

I just want to thank you for the last week.  You really inspired us and were patient and professional throughout which we really appreciated.

I am so grateful to you for all of the hard work you put in and for the perseverance in my wish to try to get back onto our dock, when I am sure there were times when you were ‘losing the will to live’!:)

We really enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Our offer stands if you are ever in the Geneva area or indeed London.




Hi Rob,

Just to say thank you for your time,sharing your experience with our son Ralph.Its important for us adults to help and guide the young generation to a bright future !

Kindest regards

Jim and Ralph



Hi Rob

I took the boat out today – you were so right about the swell ! As I exited the harbour I was immediately confronted with a pretty full frontal swell. I made a decision to see how the boat would handle the conditions and learned very quickly that with safe speed it was very comfortable.

We went all the way to Salema and back and everyone on board ( 5 ) all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

At any time , if I felt uncomfortable , I was resolved to return and ring the guys to return to berth.

I am very grateful to you for providing me with the confidence to do something I have planned to do for sometime and a confidence to enjoy a pursuit I know I will enjoy more as I grow into it.

The SW guys were great too ,so please pass on my compliments to them also.

Roll on next year !

Very Best Regards




Hello Rob

Hope your having a nice weekend.I would like to thank you so much for such a fantastic learner course. I know I have a lot to learn to come up to your standards but will keep trying really hard.

I will give you a call late next week,maybe arrange a boat hire for October.

Thanks again

Best regards




Hi Rob

Thanks again for your brilliant tuition. I enjoyed every minute of it.





Hi Rob

I had my maiden voyage yesterday, all went well.

I got my bowline knot the right way round now, around the trunk not the root!

Many thanks for your time and care on your course, much appreciated.

Best wishes


Rob thanks. We decided to pass today given wind. Thanks for all your help, we both really enjoyed it.
Just arrived back to a rather pleasant London.
Take care. Best Ronnie



Hi Rob, Thanks again for a couple of great days together on the water! My friend Kjetil (copied) would also like to talk to you about doing the course. All the best and looking forward to next time! Wbr Claus


Hi Rob,
Many thanks for the training, money well spent and I would recommend your services.
Kind regards



Just to say many thanks for an enjoyable couple of days, you have a nice laid back style,
get your stuff over well and obviously know what you’re about!



Hello Rob, First of all I would like to thank you for the course. Although very slightly stressful at times, it was truly enjoyable &
I will always be grateful for what you taught me. I realise that is only the beginning as it is not possible to become totally proficient in just 2 days but rest assured I will practice hard all the things you showed me so that I may become totally safe & proficient.



Hi Rob Just got back from first solo trip (without teacher), it went really well sea fairly calm and wind quite light. Went over to lagos and just beyond, and then went past Carvoeiro and returned to Portimao, parked boat first time! The family really enjoyed the trip, and it wasn’t too choppy, so all went well, first experience good. Thanks for all your support and tuition (and faffing)! Kind regards Keith and Alison



Dear Rob
Many thanks for the powerboat course I did with you in October 2013 to get my certificate.
You certainly have patience and understanding and I would fully recommend you to anyone seeking to gain a licence.
I will keep you informed of my future boating in this country.
Once again thank you for your help.



Just a short message to thank you most sincerely for your input and thoroughness, sometimes in the face of adversity while biting your tongue ……ha ha, over the past couple of days re Helmsmann course. Really enjoyed the course and have gained a wealth of knowledge and insight into motor cruising but appreciate we have only skimmed the surface at this stage.

Will digest information over next few months and hopefully can arrange a suitable time to return and carry on with the next instalment.

Hope you didn’t wake up this morning with any more grey hair……..??!!  ha ha

Many thanks and very much appreciated.
Best wishes



Hi Rob,Thanks again for the course in Lagos. It was most informative and interesting and I found myself in good company with yourself , Stewart abd Pete. Hope the summer is good for you , with plenty of bookings. I will keep you up to date on how I get on with my ” portable ” boat. I will crack a small bottle of wine on her bow as she slides into the water ! .
Bye for now, Niall



Dear Rob,
We really appreciate your courses, your attention, your explanation, your kindness. Thank you again for this two days. Hope to see you again in Portugal or in Paris…



Hi Rob
Good to hear from you,i enjoyed the course very much,and am looking forward to the coming summer, and putting my training into practice.  All the best, Keith



Hi Rob,
Just a short note to say a huge “Thank You” for your time, patience and excellent training that Michael and I received for the 3 days we spent in the Algarve 🙂  Very much appreciated and we really had a great time learning! You also did an admiral job (no pun intended!) on preventing Father / Son conflict throughout the 3 days… As it turns out, it looks like I’ll be buying my brother-in-law, Rui’s, boat. Turns out that as he’s going to be on the 2nd series of “Peso Pesado” (he’s the “trainer” as I mentioned during our training) so will be able to afford a bigger one now – lucky guy!

The boat’s always been out of the water when not used, hosed down after, well maintained and well equipped etc.; plus, I have someone to go to if anything goes pear-shaped 😉  Anyway, if you need anything directly in Geneva, let me know, I’ll do what I can to help. Meanwhile, enjoy the great weather, sea, sand, food etc. while I get back to the (my) real world! 🙁 At least, until my next visit 🙂 Best, Gary.



Hi Rob,
Hope you’re well and not freezing to death back in Ireland – we’re back in the UK and my god it is cold!

Well, as per the title of this e-mail, we thought you might like to know that Richard and I both passed our Yachtmater exam at the weekend and are over the moon about it.  We really want to say thank you for all your help, we couldn’t have done it without you.  All the parking training and sailing road boats/bouys definitely paid off!  We are eternally grateful!

We left your light cards with Eren (not Rich!), so I trust they will safely get back to you.
Do keep in touch and I’ll drop you a line if we get a flotilla job.  If  so we’ll expect to see you in the Med some time soon!
Take care and have a great Christmas.
Sarah and Richard



Hi Rob, Thanks for getting in touch, I thought that the course was excellent and that the manor in which you taught was both relaxed and informative, the hands on approach suited me and taught me a lot. As you are aware I bought a boat at he end of last year and am looking forward to testing my knowledge.



I know myself and Robert would be interested in further education probably a refresher as well as towing people i.e. waterskiing, donuts, etc. probably more navigation and handling my boat. I’m out for Easter 22nd April again on June 6th and then later in the summer so hopefully I will be getting the boat in the water then. Please keep me in touch with your plans and hopefully we can do some more business. All the best Dave



Hi Rob,
I think you know how appreciative we were about the way in which you dealt with 2 ageing and 1 young novice. Taking a Family successfully through the course was a major challenge which you more than stepped up to. We have repeatedly related our story to friends, family and colleagues who all marvel at the way you dealt with us and the level of patience only equaled by Job himself. Clearly we are in the Rob Harris fan club. Regards Keith



We would all like to say ‘thank you’ for the wonderful tuition we received from you aboard our new purchase the HR 42 ‘Slí Eile’ at Lagos in mid June. Slí Eile was quite a step up for us in terms of manoeuvring and mooring thus your patiences and relaxing approach were just what we needed. We are all delighted with our new knowledge and confident now as we go to sea in ‘Slí Eile’.
We wish you and your school every success!
With our Thanks, Séamus, Patricia, Tomás and Emmeline
aboard ‘Slí Eile’