Originally Posted by JTSmith
Seeing as how certain bouts of unpleasantness caused Coops to kill the Hunter/Catalina thread, I thought I'd start this one to thank all of you who chimed in and helped me with my decision. And to let you know that I bought a boat today.
She is a 1989 Hunter 40 and she makes me all tingly in my nether regions. Below is the only picture I have to date, more will follow.
Thanks to all who helped, especially Smackdaddy, with my process. To all the random Hunter bashers, well...
I take possession October 28th (the day my divorce is final) and will be sailing her from Ft. Lauderdale to Bradenton (my new home) November 15 or there abouts. Any advice on that delivery will be welcome.
I couldn't be more excited to be a new yacht owner and I'm pleased to be a member
Congrats on the new boat!
I did the same trip you're planning a few years ago. Three friends a I sailed my boat from St Thomas in November, and crossed from the Bahamas
to Hollywood, just south of Ft Lauderdale. We sailed from there down to Sombrero Light nonstop on the outside, keeping the depth
at 100-200 feet to avoid the Gulf Stream
. We even had a fair current
at times, and no more than 1 knot
against us. We passed into Florida
Bay at the Moser Channel south of Marathon.
A very helpful CF member had shared his GPS
waypoints for the Florida
Bay with me, which was a great help. There were *billions* of crab pot floats in the bay, so it was nice to have the sun behind us for spotting them (we left Hollywood at 9 am and reached Sombrero at dawn the next day, passing under Seven Mile Bridge at about 7 am).
The run up the west coast
to Tampa Bay was uneventful, but plying the twisting channel of the Manatee River to the Twin Dolphins
Marina in Bradenton in the dark would have been a lot more stressful without the borrowed waypoints. If you haven't yet picked a marina, I highly recommend Twin Dolphins--a great place all around.
That'll be a great shake-down trip for you in your new boat. Good luck!