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Orange Beach, Al to Abacos by water Invincible 40 Cat 800 miles ,return trip now

Old 07-15-2019, 04:45 PM
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Default Orange Beach, Al to Abacos by water Invincible 40 Cat 800 miles ,return trip now

Hey Guys,

So, we are leaving for the family vacation and I am planning on running the 40 Invincible cat with quad 400M verados Friday morning. Would be leaving out of Orange Beach, AL. Looks like it is right at 800 miles, planning to pick up the wife and kids at a pit stop around Port Saint Lucie inlet, stay the night there and run the last leg to Treasure Cay on Saturday morning. So, we need to accomplish the 600 mile leg in one day on Friday. Final destination is Treasure Cay. We will be staying for the week and returning the following weekend. Any thoughts or input, recommendations? I was thinking I could do some live tracking with my Garmin inReach as well. I have always wanted to make this trip and was thinking it would be on a big sportfish, but thinking about giving it a run in the Invincible 40.

UPDATE-
2:00 am, Friday July 19- This morning starts our Bazor Family trip, Father and Son will be embarking on an 800 mile trip from Orange Beach Alabama to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, on an Aqua mist 2019 INVINCIBLE BOATS 40' Catamaran with Quad Mercury 400s!
Below is a link to the Inreach Garmin Tracking Device where you can follow them on their journey. We will also be posting updates on the performance of the boat as we get them! When you are viewing the map click the triangle to see there current position, individual dots are 20 minute updates as they move).
Thank you all for your love and support for our Family and Grander Marine.
Chris Bazor is sharing their location:
inr.ch/RN672AB

UPDATE-
6:24am, Friday July 19, 2019
Bahamas trip update:
Time is 6:24am Eastern Time.
155miles so far. 193 gallons burnt.
current Speed 51. 7 and slowly Climbing.
0. 84 mpg and climbing 392 mile to keys
inr.ch/RN672AB- Chris Bazor

UPDATE-
7:25am, Friday July 19, 2019
Time is 7:25 update 341 miles to keys.
Scattered t-storms
speed is 52 mph. ---- 0. 85 mpg
inr.ch/RN672AB - Chris Bazor

UPDATE-
9.23am, Friday July 19, 2019
We just pushed through a storm 25 knot winds on face the last 50 miles, calming down now.
Currently 2 to 3 on the nose, about 18 knot wind and still on pace.
inr.ch/RN672AB Chris Bazor

UPDATE-
12:50pm, Friday July, 2019

Chris called in and they are about 80 miles away from Key Largo! Updates on our Facebook Page!
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UPDATE-
4:00Pm, Friday July 19, 2019
Just made it to Gilbert's in the northern keys. Early break fast in Orange Beach, late lunch in the keys. About 600 miles so far and 704 gallons burnt. 95 gallons to spare. Had some nasty thunderstorms along the way. Plus, head wind the whole way down, although the first 200 miles or so was. Breeze. Invincible 40 cat continues to impress. Quad 400 Mercury verados

UPDATE:
6:00PM Friday July 19, 2019
Only 37 miles to Stuart, bumped her up, 78.9 mph in the ocean. 40 cat invincible, quad 400M Mercury verados, holy moly, tracked like a dream too, remember we have 12 people's Bahama stuff on here too.
inr.ch/RN672AB

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07-15-2019, 05:56 PM
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not sure I can do 600 miles on the interstate with ac running, ac seats on and Sirius xm blasting away on my car in one day
Old 07-15-2019, 04:53 PM
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COOL !! Staying at Pirates Loft ? They have a marina . Looking forward to hear how this boat eats up some distance . I'm sure you've checked the St Lucie lock schedule .

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You're not single handing it to Port St Lucie are you?

Sounds like a blast and a half.
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In pho sho
Old 07-15-2019, 04:57 PM
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We’re going to Highbourne at end of August from Port Everglades, 240ish miles.
Girls flying to Nassau so they only have 40 mile ride.

That’s a long ass haul Chris!!!
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600 miles from Orange Beach to Pt St Lucie in one day - wow, ballzie and optimistic IMO. Whether you are planning on going around the tip or across the Lake, both routes are really optimistic in one day - even in a killer boat.

Just a word of caution "if" you are going across the Lake (ie. the shortest route) - have you done that before? Do you know about the locks & how turbulent it can get in them, & that you have wait time for some of the locks to open, & that you need good size fenders, & how helpful it is to have 1 or 2 crewmembers/line handlers onboard (especially on your size boat), & do you know their hours or operation? <- but if you are going around the tip never mind.

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I would like to trailer down to SE Fla and then run to the Abacos. What you are planning sounds like one heck of a trip be safe and post a bunch of pics.
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Crossing FL has potential for hang ups .
Old 07-15-2019, 05:13 PM
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How fast can you run along the Caloosahatchee?
Old 07-15-2019, 05:16 PM
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That's a bad ass trip. Post a link to the livetrack for sure...I'll follow. Good luck and be safe!
Old 07-15-2019, 05:17 PM
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i have faith in you chris, go for it. i would ride with you if i had a way back lol
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I’d love to track the crossings. May take all of a day to traverse the canal. Qicker to trailer from Sarasota to SLI or LWI.

Good to see you back...
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Sounds like an awesome trip on an awesome boat so I don't want to rain on the parade, BUT.

To be able to do all 5 locks on the Okeechobee Waterway in one day I would think you'd have to be sitting at the first lock at 7am when it opens. What time would you have to leave Orange Beach to make it up the Caloosahatchee to the first lock by 7am? Coming in Boca Grande or the passes to the south can be sketchy so some local knowledge helps. Last lock is at 4:30pm. No doubt the boat is fast but the numerous slow speed and idle zones will hang you up, as will waiting on the locks and then actually going through the locks. In the past I've always planned on an hour and a half per lock from the time you pull up to the time you're pulling out, plus the travel time between each lock to give me plenty of cushion. If you haven't done the locks before they can be a little dicey trying to single hand it, even on a center console, depending on how much water they need to move.

The "easiest" route would be to leave the pass in Orange Beach and set a course directly for Bullard Bank just north of the Keys. Then you can go under the 7-Mile Bridge at Marathon and run up Hawk's Channel to Miami then cut back offshore there to finish up to Stuart. That run across the middle of the Gulf would be interesting. The only thing that would really slow you down on that route would be fuel stops, otherwise you can run as fast as you want the whole way.

What's the fuel range of the boat at a very fast cruise? Depending on route it's going to be a very early morning, a very late night, or both.
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Good luck.....that’s quite a trip. Post plenty pics.
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I would strongly rec against a 600 mile first leg
you will be running a route you have not run before. Do you want to run in the dark?
Did you factor in Locks and no wake zones?

We make long runs every season 900 nm+ in bigger boats
We keep our runs to 300nm per day, and run during daylight 99% of the time

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Originally Posted by coonhound View Post
How fast can you run along the Caloosahatchee?
"Lots" of no wake zones now, as well as on the rim canal and beyond - along with lots of enforcement - especially in a boat like that with every LE officer wanting to look at it up close. Leave Orange Beach at 1 or 2am and if you hit everything just right, maybe in one day as I know the OP is a good boat handler.

My advice to anyone wanting to do that run would be first night to Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island, or Roland's Marina in Clewiston. Roland's is probably doable if you leave early enough, cause most of the LE is off the water by 4pm.

Biggest problem if you are going across the Lake is the hours of operation of the locks as there are 5 or 6 of them you have to lock through, and I think they all close around 5pm. <- Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on the hours.
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not sure I can do 600 miles on the interstate with ac running, ac seats on and Sirius xm blasting away on my car in one day
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
"Lots" of no wake areas now, as well as on the rim canal and beyond - along with lots of enforcement - especially in a boat like that that every LE officer wants to look at up close. Leave Orange Beach at 1 or 2am and if you hit everything just right, maybe in one day as I know the OP is a good boat handler.

My advice to anyone wanting to do that run would be first night to Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island, or Roland's Marina in Clewiston. Roland's is probably doable if you leave early enough, cause most of the LE is off the water by 4pm. Biggest problem if you are going across the Lake is the hours of operation of the locks as there are 5 or 6 of them you have to lock through, and I think they all close around 5pm. <- Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on the hours.
You're correct. The locks currently open at 7am and close at 5pm, with the final lock of the day actually starting at 4:30pm.
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No way you're doing Orange Beach to PSL on the water in one day. Don't even bother with that talk. I don't care what boat you're running.
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Fun trip, but your time line is to tight. Tell your wife you are going to be a day late.

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