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Old 07-05-2017, 11:21   #1
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Boating from Florida to Puerto Rico in my Center Console

I recently purchased a 37' Boston Whaler - Center Console and I ultimately need to get it down to Puerto Rico which is where I live. I was considering driving it from the Miami area down to Puerto Rico by going down through the Bahamas through Exumas down to Turks and Caicos then over to the Dominican then to PR. From looking at the charts it looks like most of the stretches in between Marinas are around 100 miles or less which seems very doable.

My boat has a range of approx 400 miles and has recently been serviced.

Any advise, comments, or ideas on whether this is a safe trip and any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2017, 05:26   #3
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Re: Boating from Florida to Puerto Rico in my Center Console

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Old 08-05-2017, 05:46   #4
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Whoa.. I wouldn't think that would be a good idea.. That is called "The Thorny Path" for a reason. There is some really nasty stretches of water along that trip. Ask me how I know, I did it last year!

Personally I would never take that type of boat on that trip.. I would pay to have it shipped!
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Re: Boating from Florida to Puerto Rico in my Center Console

I have made the trip to PR and the Virgin Islands a few times by sail so know that route well.

However I have also owned several power boats including 25' twin I/O center console and a 36' twin diesel cruiser and I would make that trip in a minute in either of those and certainly a 37' Whaler I assume the boat has twins of some kind for power).

Pick the season and pick the weather and you're fine. Depending on the time of year you might have to sit somewhere for a few days or even a couple of weeks waiting for a calm day or two for the next leap. I know this will raise howls from the hurricane people but summer would be the best time for this trip. Trade winds tend to be much calmer and you might even find a few windless days.

It has been many years since I cruised the far south Bahamas so this may be out of date info. Unless things have changed I don't know of any reliable fuel stops between Clarence Town Long Island and the T&C so that stretch and the one from T&C to the DR are a bit longer than 100 nm but if you have a reliable range of 400 nm you should be good. I would check the fuel consumption in rough, choppy headwinds as those conditions can significantly impact your mpg compared to calmer conditions.
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Obviously, at each leg that exposes you to ocean swells, you will have to be very careful to pick the right weather window for crossing. But that is a boat that I am sure goes quite fast, especially compared to the kinds of boats that most cruisers use. That means that you don't need several days of good wind and waves to get across, only several hours.

I tend to be kind of cautious, but in a sound boat with a well-maintained engine, I see no reason why it couldn't be done.
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That Whaler is a big boat! I have a close friend that has one, except his is a walkaround cuddy, and he runs 300 mile roundtrips in the GOM from/to Clearwater area all the time. Twin 300's on a very solid hull.

Like others said pick weather windows carefully. Like others haven't said, I'm jealous!
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Let's see, unsinkable Whaler with 3 outboards. I'd take that boat just about anywhere within range. I'd be most concerned about taking on bad fuel. I'd want a high volume electric fuel pump in front of your water separators kind of like a fuel polishing system for diesels. You might need some way to get a lot of water out of the fuel. And bring along a bunch of spare filters.
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Agree with scout30 - big, top of the line center console, triple outboard power. Typically, that boat can go most places. I would think that boat also cruises easily at 35kts. That would make 100 - 150 mile jaunts in 3 - 5 hours.

Enjoy the trip.
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Yep, fuel stops need to be considered, but heck, you can make all those trips in daylight with that boat.
Fl to Nassau
Nassau to Georgetown
Georgetown to Turks for fuel
Turks to DR-Luperon
Luperon to Samana (maybe to PR?)
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Looks like I was wrong.. I know nothing of power boats and just judged her by her looks..

Looks like the more experienced think you won't have any problems..

I would concur with the statements about fuel. Along that exact route, we have gotten watered petrol twice. A baha filter could offer some protection to that, but would sure slow down your fill ups.
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All about weather, so if you have patience not a bad run.
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Re: Boating from Florida to Puerto Rico in my Center Console

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I recently purchased a 37' Boston Whaler - Center Console and I ultimately need to get it down to Puerto Rico which is where I live. I was considering driving it from the Miami area down to Puerto Rico by going down through the Bahamas through Exumas down to Turks and Caicos then over to the Dominican then to PR. From looking at the charts it looks like most of the stretches in between Marinas are around 100 miles or less which seems very doable.

My boat has a range of approx 400 miles and has recently been serviced.

Any advise, comments, or ideas on whether this is a safe trip and any tips would be greatly appreciated.
If that is a 370 Outrage, that is a very nice boat!

Bon voyage!

For those who have not seen one, here is a good video review of that model. According to this review video, with three 300hp engines it has a optimum cruising speed of 28 knots and a range of 334 nm at that speed.

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I would load that baby up with extra fuel,like as much as I can conveniently carry with extra cans. And extra fuel and maybe even a little extra water. Yeah I did I mention fuel, and maybe double extra water...point is I bet you use more fuel than you expect & be prepared, if in the summer like was suggested make sure you got plenty of sun protection!
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Fuel burn on that big puppy center console has to be less then 1 nm to a gal. I will be very interested in hearing about your trip recap.

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