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Old 22-09-2014, 08:54   #1
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Fl to Antigua Advice

I have never done a trip like this and am looking for advice, things to watch for and anything else you think is important to know.
I am looking to drive a 32 ft sport fishing boat from Fl to Antigua in Nov, she has twin 454 gas engines and holds 260 gal. There will be 4 persons on board(epirb and life raft) one of which has a captains license but all experienced with boats. I think it will take about two weeks to do the trip(plus or minus), fishing/trolling most of the way. I have found out that not every marina has gas/petrol and it can be as much as $7 per gallon. Anyone do something like this and know about how much fuel? I have calculated a few ways and get different numbers. I want to island hop the entire way and only do day light hours for the most part. Can you stop at all the islands and gas and ice without stepping off the boat as to avoid customs and immigration? We will make a few over nights in hotels for a break and to get off the boat. I have heard not so good things about the DR(planning on two stops) and the Mona Passage can be nasty. Any help or advice is greatly appriciated

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Old 22-09-2014, 16:03   #2
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Re: Fl to Antigua Advice

You don't know how many miles you get per gallon and until then you cannot know. The faster you go the more fuel you burn. Tradeoffs.
You can find out on Active Captain where you can find gasoline. Then plan routes on a chart plotter allowing for reserve fuel.
You will save money having it transported to St. Thomas. See dockwise or sevenstar

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Old 30-09-2014, 12:40   #3
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Re: Fl to Antigua Advice

I'm looking to do similar in a 40' sedan w/ 454s. Gas price is pretty much what I've heard. A very knowledgeable guy told me if I had said doing it with gas 15 years ago he would have said no way but today not a problem. Just get your billfold ready but you do that any cruising you do. Just remember the 60 - 40 rule and as I will do have a couple 7 gallon cans when it is a close call.

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Old 30-09-2014, 13:02   #4
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Re: Fl to Antigua Advice

Thanks to both of the replies.
I am planning on my credit card being well used and handing over a lot of cash for gas. I am actually going to bring a large fuel bladder with me just in case.
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