Have you attempted this record yet? I am going myself and soon! Taking my 2014 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO. Distance of 406 miles is about right if you cut a straight line. With this straight line you would come within 20 miles of Cuba. I however would do one stop in the Dry Tortugas(68 miles west of Key West) This route
adds about 10 miles to the trip but one could then refuel and Cuba would then be missed by at least 32 miles. My current
plans are to have 6-5 gallon tanks
of gas strapped saddlebag style over the seats with an additional 12 and 5 gallon tank positioned in the rear. Total extra gas is 48 PREMIUM GAS gallons and weighs 343 lbs at 7.3
lbs/gallon. Total gallons is then 18.5 (Jet ski tank) plus 48 = 66.5 gallons.
MPHKnotsTotal GPHMPGNMPGStat. MileNM KM KPH LPH KPL dBA12003.73.20.49.38.01541342486.001.513.93020005. 44.71.05.74.995821538.703.602.41030008.47.31.94.43 .8736411713.507.191.870400024.6184.108.40.206.4122106 19639.6012.683.120500038.133.16.46.05.21008716161. 3024.042.550600049.9220.127.116.11.5857413780.3036.91 2.180
Above figures consider 1 person, 1/2 fuel, no water
, 5 lbs of gear
414 total trip miles minus the Dry Tortugas
run of 68 miles leaves 346 miles. At 4000 RPM
or 24.6 mph the 66.5 gallons would give a range of 436 miles.
At 5000 RPM or 38.1 mph the 66.5 gallons would give a range of 359 miles.
So a speed of about 30 mph would work on a calm sea and this figures in for extra weight as well. 414/30mph=13.8 hours (add 1.5 hours for refueling 9 times) and you get 15.3 hours. Leaving Key West at 3 a.m. is a MUST! Arrive Cancun between 7-9 p.m. Full moon visibility would be nice and first leg could be done at 70mph! Also, last 150 miles could be done at high speed as well.
Total cost of the premium gas would be 66.5 plus (18.5 first leg)= 85 gallons X $3.60/ gallon = $306.00. Don't forget about the return trip!
*** 10% reserve figured into above calculations.
An additional 5 gallons could be stored in front compartment.
Anyone ready to do this, lets go!! A practice run from Miami
would be great first. Give me a call Pete-407-535-7328 or email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org