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Old 19-02-2009, 12:50   #1
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22' 6'' LOA - Crossing to West End, Bahamas ?

On June 26th a group of boatersmay try crossing from West Palm to the Bahamas. There is a new boat made by Androsboatworks in Sarasota.
They are very sea worthy Panga style boats. They range from 26 to 18 feet. I own a 22'-6'' Bonefish Andros with a 150 4 cycle Yahama. It has a 4210 and 4208 Garmin on board. (one in the short tower) Hopefully we will have several boats going. What do think of a new 22' boat making this trip. Obviously we will want low winds and not out of the North. Any thoughts. One can see these boats on

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Old 19-02-2009, 13:04   #2
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Easy time of year to go ,flat-a lot of the time- you might get there in 2-3 hours
you cant miss west end , we use to do it in a 20' boat with only a compass from W. Palm
we would head a little north and could make it there in 2.5 hours to the bank then head south-
i would want to have about 100 hours on the engine to make sure all is working well
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What do think of a new 22' boat making this trip.
I'm more of a Captain oriented evaluator. The boat probably will do just fine but it would be nice if you were in it when it was discovered. Your planning and preparation are the key to any such trip. On a good day there will be not trouble what so ever. Should you get in a hurry, be a little hasty, or otherwise not prepared all estimates are negative. Not any fool can do this stuff regularly and get away with it. If you make it over you still need to come back. That could cut the odds in half.

New boats need checking as much as old boats. I would try a few shakedowns to get the confidence that it can perform as expected.
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