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Old 02-02-2017, 09:29 AM
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So, I'm planning a run from Florida, all the way to the Virgin Islands in June. Its around 1050 miles, and comes out to ~27hrs of transit time. ~575 gallons of fuel. These are just base figures, and do not include the extra running around.

My plan is to make it to Exumas on day 1, Fueling at Lyford, then staying somewhere in the Exumas for a day or two, Fishing, diving, and exploring, and working our way to Great Exuma, and through Long Island, Crooked Island, and to Turks and Caicos.

From there, its ~100 miles to Puerto Plata, where I would Fuel again, then make way to Punta Cana (~156miles), Fuel again, and shoot across to Puerto Rico (~75miles). Weather would dictate what side I would take.

Weather window crossing to DR is the biggest concern, I would obviously wait for a window.

Are there any boat storage options in T&C in the event i have to go back to work before a window presents itself?

Anyone Familiar with DR marinas in Punta Cana?

Recommended Fuel stops in GE, LI, CI, or T&C?

Boat: 28 Whitewater, 250gal fuel + on deck fuel storage
Disclaimer: I'm a Professional Mariner, not a weekend warrior.
I have a bunch of friends (also professional mariners) that are down for the trip, so it will not be solo.
Will have Liferaft, EPIRB, Sat Phone, backup Comms and GPS. Abd probably few Pew pew pews
fuel tanks and batteries are all segregated. The only common system is steering.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:41 AM
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Davis harbor south end of Eleuthera

Found these links helpfull

http://www.explorercharts.com/index....d=56&Itemid=53

https://activecaptain.com/fuelLists/...xROW.php?co=BS

And this one for trip planning
http://www.navionics.com/en/webapp
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Are there any boat storage options in T&C in the event i have to go back to work before a window presents itself?
This place looks nice and reasonable for storage:

http://www.caicosmarina.com/boat-storage.php
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Sounds like a great trip!
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:25 AM
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Thanks Guys,

Nautibouys II: thanks for the fuel links. Ive been using EarthNC for my planning, I'll try our the navionics and see if its any better

ChannelTwo: That is exactly what i was hoping to find.
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Gosh, going that far in an outboard just does not seem very safe or prudent.
Why even post that?

Sixmassive: sounds like a fantastic trip what engines are you running now?
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Originally Posted by Hauser View Post
Gosh, going that far in an outboard just does not seem very safe or prudent.
I agree, especially at 28'. A ton of open ocean during a trip like that with nowhere to hide.
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Originally Posted by Hauser View Post
Gosh, going that far in an outboard just does not seem very safe or prudent.
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Why even post that?

Sixmassive: sounds like a fantastic trip what engines are you running now?
Still have the HPDIs, but have a new set of F250s waiting to go on, unless I get another hull for them. I'd do the trip on either set of motors, but not having to carry 2-stroke oil would be nice.
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When you say weather would dictate which side you would take...are you taking about PR?

It seems like the south side is really the only viable option based on fuel stops and places to stop.

Cross from Cap Cana to Puerto Real or maybe just south to Boqueron
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Originally Posted by cntdr View Post
I agree, especially at 28'. A ton of open ocean during a trip like that with nowhere to hide.
32 LOA, but Yea, it seems like a small vessel. timing weather on the T&C to DR crossing will be paramount. Its 100 miles from Great Turk.

Bay hopping to Punta Cana will be ok, then once we get to PR, it's all downhill

Also, are you a gynecologist? referencing your screen name.....

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32 LOA, but Yea, it seems like a small vessel. timing weather on the T&C to DR crossing will be paramount. Its 100 miles from Great Turk.

Bay hopping to Punta Cana will be ok, then once we get to PR, it's all downhill
I would maybe reach out to Parker Yacht he's done runs like this a few times in similar/smaller boats.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/florida-...n-islands.html
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
When you say weather would dictate which side you would take...are you taking about PR?

It seems like the south side is really the only viable option based on fuel stops and places to stop.

Cross from Cap Cana to Puerto Real or maybe just south to Boqueron
Yes, if its a rough north forecast, take the south side. Rough on the south, take the north.

Its only 130 miles across from Aguadilla to St Thomas. That's within fuel range. San Juan is also there, along with a few other marinas.

On the south side you have Cabo Rojo,, Ponce, ect.

Then Fajardo on the east side.
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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
I would maybe reach out to Parker Yacht he's done runs like this a few times in similar/smaller boats.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/florida-...n-islands.html
Never heard of him
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27 hours of transit time equals over 38 mph avg. That's pretty optimistic.
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Will your insurance cover you all the way? Mine stops at Great Exuma. A good friend has run at least one 34 cc to Provo in the Turks. I hope you accomplish this, it would be an epic journey in a Whitewater! I'm envious!

I've been told Flying Fish Marina on Long Island is the last reliable fuel stop until Provo in the Turks but something might have changed.

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I know a few guys that did that, albeit, in a longer time frame. Kept the boat at San Sal, Turks, etc for an extended period of time and then made the jump down to DR. They were in a 40' open fish with trips and still got their asses handed to them, esp in Mona Passage...broke things on boat, etc. That is a lot of open sea for any o/b vessel, god bless ya and safe travels. BTW, they came back via Inagua and had some good stories from there.
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Also, are you a gynecologist? referencing your screen name.....
I need this answered.
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Will your insurance cover you all the way? Mine stops at Great Exuma. A good friend has run at least one 34 cc to Provo in the Turks. I hope you accomplish this, it would be an epic journey in a Whitewater! I'm envious!

I've been told Flying Fish Marina on Long Island is the last reliable fuel stop until Provo in the Turks but something might have changed.
Not sure. Boat is paid for, and not too worried about theft. So, not really on the mind. But yes, if it all plays out it will be an epic trip. A 32 would be nice for that trip too.

Plan on taking the trip back in the end of fall too. I'll be island hopping down to Antigua while its down there in my time off.

My Chief engineer has a place on LI, so i'll be picking his brain on that area.

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27 hours of transit time equals over 38 mph avg. That's pretty optimistic.
You Math well sir. again, it was just rough numbers. 38-40 is where I cruise at. I like to get where I'm going.

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I know a few guys that did that, albeit, in a longer time frame. Kept the boat at San Sal, Turks, etc for an extended period of time and then made the jump down to DR. They were in a 40' open fish with trips and still got their asses handed to them, esp in Mona Passage...broke things on boat, etc. That is a lot of open sea for any o/b vessel, god bless ya and safe travels. BTW, they came back via Inagua and had some good stories from there.
It is not an easy crossing no doubt, but summer, hopefully a storm will be far south, and suck all the weather towards it.
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FL- Albany-long island-Provo-S. Caicos-Samana-San Juan-VI

Think about the S. Caicos to Samana to San Juan at night when wind dies down. Slow and easy.
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Can you keep us apprised of the trip? Sounds great!
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