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Old 28-07-2015, 17:43   #1
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Anyone made this trip in a 29ft aft cabin, time it takes, miles, path and fuel consumption of twin 4.3l engines
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Anyone made this trip in a 29ft aft cabin, time it takes, miles, path and fuel consumption of twin 4.3l engines
I've made the trip many times with a 49 foot trawler cruising at about 8 1/2 knots. We usually go CC to Marco Island on the first day, Marco to KW on the second day. The time and fuel burn on your boat will depend very much on the weather, i.e., whether you can run on plane or not. Total distance from CC to KW is about 130 nautical miles so divide by speed to get hours. Multiply hours by your fuel burn rate (probably about 15 to 20 gph) and you get the total consumption. CC to Marco is about 50 nautical miles, Marco to KW about 80 NM. To run straight thru from CC to KW you'll need relatively flat water, 6 or 7 hours time, and something like 150 gallons of fuel tankage. If you are slowed down by heavy seas, your fuel consumption will typically increase quite a bit and require a stop over in Marco, Naples or Everglades City.
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Re: cape coral to the florida keys

35 ft Catalina Bernt store to the dt then to key west than to home. 21 hrs, 10 our so hrs, 23 to 26 hrs. Made the trip 4 times.

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Anchored in Marco Island now. Left Key West 7:15 am arrived 6:45 pm. Average around 7.5 knots. Wind directly on stern 10-12 knots. Seas 3-4 ft. Nice motor sail in our catamaran.

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Re: cape coral to the florida keys

I recently made the trip from Cape Coral to Key Largo in a Tiara 31 Convertible with 454s. We departed CC around 1pm and took on fuel in Marco then continues through the night. There were thunderstorms to the East and West that made for confused seas and a roll night . The shallow water was a contributing factor but there is no way around that when heading across Florida Bay.

Attached is my route plan from Marco to North Key Largo (Manatee Bay) with times and fuel burn at 7kts/7GPH. I use the free Garmin Home Port software with Garmin charts.
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For information on fuel burn for the Merc 4.3L go to:

MerCruiser Fuel Consumption Twin engine - 3.0 - 4.3 - 5.0 - 5.7 - 6.2 - 7.4 - 8.1 - 8.2 - Mercury 496 - 502

It has been pretty accurate for my 454s.

I will be in Cape Coral tomorrow evening and Wednesday then leaving on a 28' Mainship for Marathon Key. If you have any questions let me know.
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