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Old 22-07-2015, 07:51   #1
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Boat suggestions?

We are planning to do some Bahamas/Florida Keys island hopping





What make/model sailboat would you suggest that has a smaller draft but it comfortable for a couple + Labrador?
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Old 22-07-2015, 07:57   #2
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Re: Boat suggestions?

Gemini Cat - 18" draft with everything pulled up. Nice and stabil.

Of course budget would be helpful.
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What you might consider comfortable, only you can tell. In the Bahamas, a relatively shallow draft would be a great convenience. I would not look at any boat with a draft greater than about 5 feet.

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Charter some shallow draft boats, see what makes you happy.
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What you might consider comfortable, only you can tell. In the Bahamas, a relatively shallow draft would be a great convenience. I would not look at any boat with a draft greater than about 5 feet.

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You can carry 6 feet in most places in the Bahamas with no problems at all. As for boats the B393 is an excellent Bahamas boat.
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+1 for the Gemini. Never felt cramped with wife and two kitties on any of our trips there…8 to 9 months straight onboard...and plenty of space to stow lots of provisions. Need to watch the weight, though. Best thing is that you can get into protected areas for when bad storms or clocking winds are predicted…plus have your own private anchorages no one else goes to. We spent 4 days anchored with 5 private beaches, no buildings or lights in sight…didn’t see a single boat the whole time we were there! Heaven!!
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Howdy Hog Hunter.

What follows is written in a friendly tone of voice and with the sole intent to help you with a different POV.

My Suggestion?

Name the following first:

1. The Maximum Asking Price You Will Consider.
Everything follows or is allowed by a your budget. Without knowing what your total budget for this, how can people make the best suggestions to fit your other needs or goals? I suggest you simply name the maximum ASKING PRICE that you are willing to consider. Of course anything else (refit, new electronics, repairs, etc.) to the boat would be extra. Concentrate on the Asking Price, as that is the only known factor.

2. Deal Breakers or "Must Have This.."
Name anything that would exclude a boat because of something you must have on your next boat. For example, if you are tall, you might require "standing headroom of at least 6'3" on the boat to be comfortable. Or you might prefer a new(er) boat over an older boat.

If you do those two things, I think it will increase your chances of getting some better answers.

For example, after naming a budget ($$) the forum members will likely be happy to spend it for you with their suggestions.
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Yeah, it's all about budget. I second the less draft the better for a real good Bahamas experience. I've done it with 6-5" draft but would far prefer under 4 ft!
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You can carry 6 feet in most places in the Bahamas with no problems at all.
You can carry 6 feet in a lot of places, no doubt about that. But get it down to 5 feet or less and you can go to a whole lot MORE places.

I mean, cruise ships travel around the Bahamas. You can get to a lot of places with 15 feet of draft! But the plain fact is that there is a lot of shallow water in the Bahamas, and less draft gets you into more places.

Like I said, if I was looking at a boat specifically for cruising the Bahamas, I would not want more than 5 feet of draft. Lots and lots of boats are available with 5 feet or less. Not like that's a difficult criteria to meet.
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