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Old 12-19-2016, 05:26 AM   #41
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Ya'll come! I'll give 10% discount to THT members. VRBO 300584. GTC beachfront
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I think we may take you up on that! How many does your house hold?
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I think we may take you up on that! How many does your house hold?
42. We'll make it work.
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42. We'll make it work.
I call the couch!
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Nothing scarier than lightning in a unbonded boat.
I don't think the bonding in a boat is going to matter if one takes a direct or close hit from a millions plus volt strike of lightning.

We crossed a couple of years ago and avoided a cell that was set up on the north end of GTC.

We stopped in GTC to clear, meet the ladies that flew in and grab some lunch and a swim at Pineapples.

While there a family that was on a sailboat showed up at the bar and we started chatting. Appears they got caught in the cell and saw a waterspout heading right for them. They couldn't avoid the spout and took a direct hit. He was at the helm and the wife and kids were in the cabin (36 footer).

The spout flipped the boat 90 degrees and the wife said she saw the bottom through the galley portholes! The righted immediately and all seemed fine except for some stained drawers!

They lost all operation in their electrical devices, chartplotter, radar, ipad, iphone. Apparently some pretty powerful electrical energy in or around the waterspout knocked out everything.

Needless to say the Goombays were on us!

I agree with the poster that said many over prepare for the trip. I feel that having a handful of items at the ready will better suit you in the event of an emergency.

I have been through a few harrowing crossings and will share what I have close by and ready for use when seas start to kick:

EPIRB or PLB

Life Jackets on deck or on person when things start getting ugly.

Throwable close by. 50' line coiled and available for quick deployment.

I turn on my bilge pump when taking heavy water over the bow. Had an issue with a jammed closed auto switch on a trip to Bimini that almost sank us.

Smaller cooler with waters in it. Latching lid is important if you go overboard with it.

Ditch Kit (many threads on what to include)

VHF on 16

I am a firm believer in the value of the SPOT tracking device and use it every time I venture offshore. It allows my wife and friends on my list to follow me wherever and whenever. Also in valuable positioning information should all else fail.

Large contractor bags with holes cutout for head and arms. These things make the best fowl weather gear! They will keep you from getting hypothermic, which can happen even in the tropical climates we boat in, plus they can be disposed of easily when you are done with them.

This short list is just what I have ready to go when anticipating a rough or wet crossing.
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This. I don't advocate taking preparation for going to the Bahamas too lightly, but I honestly think some people way over think it. Prepare ahead of time, use some common sense, and have fun!
'We did the first time.
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'We did the first time.
So did I... did it on a ski and was wayyyy over pre-prepared.
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I would agree and the only way we would consider would be with a group.

~70 gallons...somewhere around 2.5-3.5mpg depending on speed/conditions.
If your tank holds 70 gallons then maybe 60 is usable. If you've never run your tank dry with a flowmeter you don't know how much usable fuel you have on board.

Regarding MPG, plan on the worst of all possible cases. Typically you're running over loaded and bucking a head sea.

Lastly call ahead to the port that you need fuel (make sure you ask about gas not fuel). Fuel barges in the Bahamas are notoriously unreliable. Summer time is the worst time because usage is high and no one is getting any gas until the fuel barge shows up.

Have fun. Make your run early and have a float plan with a friend.
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One of these might be a help

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...power-buy.html
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:48 AM   #51
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I've been looking at these for awhile now, I haven't been able to get out to the boat and measure the front locker. Thinking about using the battery area as a spare fuel bladder.


For those of you wanting to meet up before hand, Saturday the 21st we're doing a 120 mile run from St Petersburg > Venice, Fl for lunch and back. I'm using it as a test to see actual fuel burn vs the gauge.
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Also, does anyone know if it is possible to post a spot trace's track publicly? Would like to throw a link up for you guys that are staying behind.
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I believe you can I have seen it done on here a couple of times.

If you have some time there are some great threads by Paulboat that detail his lengthy trips to the Abacos and his prep for them.

http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...light=paulboat
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Also, does anyone know if it is possible to post a spot trace's track publicly? Would like to throw a link up for you guys that are staying behind.
I believe so:

https://login.findmespot.com/spot-ma...re/create.html
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Looking for a buddy boat leaving May 12 +/- a day or so depending on weather. Anybody headed over that weekend?
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Looking for a buddy boat leaving May 12 +/- a day or so depending on weather. Anybody headed over that weekend?
I don't think we are... I've got too many irons in the fire for this year and I think we're going to scrub our Abacos vacation.
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I don't think we are... I've got too many irons in the fire for this year and I think we're going to scrub our Abacos vacation.
dang, no worries. Still looking to hook up with a buddy boat for these dates if anybody knows someone going then.
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We're leaving out of Stuart first thing Thursday (May 11) morning and headed to treasure cay if anybody wants to buddy for the ride over...
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:56 PM   #59
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We will be leaving from Phil Foster's Launch Ramp at first light July 21st , looking for anyone that would like to buddy boat with us ? 27' Advantage deep vee go fast boat. please txt me on my cell 734-218-3707 or email me [email protected]. love to have another boat make the crossing !!!
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:13 AM   #60
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A good option for a boat ramp and overnight parking.

https://www.lakeparkmarina.com/content/bahamas-travel

However, pay close attention to the parking rules!
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