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Old 27-08-2010, 20:12   #46
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With a 400-gallon fuel tank and the engine on, the boat could have traveled on its own from the Yucatan to Tampa Bay, the Coast Guard said.
More questions than answers continue to surround mysterious yacht - St. Petersburg Times

This is from a site selling a 2007 model:

Cruising Speed: 27 knots
Maximum Speed: 32 knots
Range: 325 nm
Sea Ray 480 Sundancer used boat for sale. The Yacht Market online boat sales and charters.

Currently for sale for $519,000 USD

Riding a good portion of the way with the Gulf Stream and/or with aux. fuel, very doable.

Would have taken 6 1/4 days at 3 knots so think we can rule out someone being mad and just setting it on autopilot and sending it on its way!

May the wind at your back never be your own... Walter Matthau
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Old 07-09-2010, 15:01   #47
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Could the guy who shut off the boat's engines, if he retained the keys, be considered the new 'owner' of said vessel? If no one else could immediately prove 'ownership'/salvage rights; I would think the guy just got himself a boat that might need engine work...

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