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Old 15-12-2008, 16:07   #1
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36' Motor Yacht to the Bahamas

Is a 36 ft Carver 3607 that's in good mechanical shape big enough to go to Bimini? I'm new to boating and have only done coastal cruises so far.
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Old 15-12-2008, 16:10   #2
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not a problem but read many of the post on the board regarding making the crossing. They apply to power or sail. The weather will be your major consideration.
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Thanks Chuck, I've been reading for awhile but will continue to look for postings. I like my boat, don't want to loose it doing something outside mt skill set. Thanks again.
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Lots of power boats make the crossing all the time in summer and winter. I worked for the Carver Dealer in Kemah, Texas so know the boats well. If you do a search on the board use the Google search function on the top drop down tab and not the one on the left column.
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We've run over on 25-foot center consoles in the summer (slick as glass). Like Chuck said, just watch the weather (like always). I'm assuming you're running over from Ft. Liquordale or Miami?
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In '96 I went back & forth from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas 4 times (8 crossings). There are boats that have been there for years "Waiting for weather".

Granted, it can be rough if you get wind apposing current but the fact is, it doesn't happen very often.

Talk to some of the guys that make frequent trips. Some of the locals sail over there once a month. If there are no cold fronts.....just go. It's like a 6-8 hour sail and you need to be mindful of your drift. There are cruising guides that will tell you exactly how & when. Just don't get hung up on "Perfect". Perfect seldom happens and OK is good enough.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm in Clearwater but will spend a couple of days in the Keys then make the crossing.
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