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Old 02-04-2017, 12:34 PM
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Sounds like that will be an awesome trip , I have always wanted to go to DR by boat . If you end up needing a spot filled , let me know . I have gas money ..lol
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Wow - what an incredible adventure. So much to explore. Make sure to bring a GoPro and maybe a drone. Looking forward to the pics!!
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:55 PM
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Sounds like that will be an awesome trip , I have always wanted to go to DR by boat . If you end up needing a spot filled , let me know . I have gas money ..lol
Follow with that powerplay, It wouldn't have an issue
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Old 02-05-2017, 02:19 PM
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:01 PM
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:57 AM
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With VERY careful attention to weather windows, I'd do it, but I suspect it won't be a pleasure cruise. The sailboters don't call that "the thorny path" for nothing. With the prevailing winds, pretty much a headsea bash the whole way.
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Old 02-06-2017, 08:06 AM
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Are you planning to run from Florida to Exumas in one day, that seems like a long ways and more fuel than you can carry. Sounds like a fun trip
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:55 AM
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Are you planning to run from Florida to Exumas in one day, that seems like a long ways and more fuel than you can carry. Sounds like a fun trip
Exumas in one day is doable, range or not, he could top off his tanks in nassau and be in the southern exumas by the afternoon. Done it plenty of times.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Snookyj View Post
Exumas in one day is doable, range or not, he could top off his tanks in nassau and be in the southern exumas by the afternoon. Done it plenty of times.


I did 305 miles in my 28 Whitewater, also with 200 HPDIs, last July. I have the same fuel capacity, 250 gallons in 4 tanks. I still had 80 gallons of fuel when I got back to the dock.

I think if he repowers to the F250s the economy will be even better.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:00 AM
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I've done over 400 miles before filling, but as stated, i can top off in Lyford, which I plan on doing.

even with that, I'm leaning towards having an additional fuel tank made and putting it under the console. Its such a large space, I often lose shit in there.

maybe 100gal tank, but i was reminded of the weight, ~700lbs when full maybe? But I would empty that tank first. She'll be a heavy girl for the first 200 miles. 300s would offset that nicely....
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:20 PM
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How about 1 of these

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...power-buy.html
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Originally Posted by Hauser View Post
That's me.
Just a trip like that seems so daunting.
Pirates? Can you take guns?
Can the CG help?
Medical help?
Anyway, more power to him. Safe travels.
LOL. I hope you didn't take personal offense. Do what you feel comfortable doing and have fun doing it. The motorcyclists have a good saying: Ride your own ride...
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:59 PM
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I'll follow this thread. I live in PR and I have a beach property in Culebra. I'll help you in anyway possible!
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Old 02-06-2017, 07:39 PM
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Interesting posts.

I have done the trip twice in an under 30' outboard powered boat and once in a sailboat.

Trust me, it is no piece of cake!.

The entire trip is to weather, except for the few chances you have to slip behind the lee of an island.

There are a couple of very long passages of open water, one being the Mona passage between the DR and PR . Here is what a nav journal has to say about the Mona.

"The 80 mi (130 km) stretch of sea between the four islands is one of the most difficult passages in the Caribbean. It is fraught with variable tidal currents created by the large islands on either side of it, and by sand banks that extend out for many miles from both coasts."

Plan on an average speed of around 15 to 18 kts. Just three weeks ago I boated from PR to St Thomas, in a Pursuit 2870. Pounded into 4' waves for hours, average speed 14kts.

You might get a little relief in June, but I would not count on it.

Trip can be done, but for the most part it is a butt pounding bitch!
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:04 AM
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i just did that trip in aug
if i can help just call
there is way too much info to be trying to type


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Originally Posted by delliott00 View Post
If you go south, you don't need to run all the way up to Fajardo. Palmas del Mar has a nice marina with fuel/transient/pumpouts etc. on the southeast corner of PR. There is a DIY friendly boat yard there too, a small grocery within walking distance, plenty of beach bars, and a walmart about 5 miles into town (car rental right at the marina).

http://www.theyachtclubmarina.com/

From there its a short run to Vieques (15 miles) and Culebra (25 miles), then over to St Thomas (15 miles). No more than 15 miles of open water depending on your route. The islands also keep the East coast of PR much calmer. San Juan can be 4-5s while east coast might be 2-3s.

We moving to Palmas Del Mar later this year so I am looking forward to all the great fishing and easy runs to the USVI/BVIs.... and also the no capital gains taxes ;-)


Oh and they are right about the Mona passage. All my surfing buddies hit that side of PR because it gets some serious waves from offshore (Rincon is famous for year round surfing). Might have to suffer through that leg of the trip, but once you get to the south side or PR it is usually much calmer.

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Swells and trade winds usually die out in the summer. Not a lot of waves during that time of the year. But that is some very wide open ocean with a large wind fetch close to 180 degrees.
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Even with summer winds dying down, get caught in a storm out there and plan for the worst to happen. Mona passage is no joke. Doable trip, yes...but take safety gear, comm devices, make sure the boat has had all preventative work done, bring spare everything, and pick the proper crew.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:38 AM
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Neat trip for certain
Love to follow the progression. Maybe a blog or something you can readily link to (or this thread) post pics progress ups and downs etc!!
Planning must be fun too


Oh be sure to check all the drone regulations :-p
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Old 02-08-2017, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Capt phil leonard View Post
i just did that trip in aug
if i can help just call
there is way too much info to be trying to type


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