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Old 11-10-2015, 11:26   #1
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Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

Are Hunter and Catalina boats ok to sail from Florida to the Carribbean. Spend a few winter months in the Carribean then sail back to Florida? I am thinking about getting 34' to 37' size boat.

I would leave and return to the Daytona area.

Do I need more boat like an Island Packet or can a Hunter/Catalina make this trip?



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Old 11-10-2015, 17:11   #2
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

And FYI - Hunter sailboats are built in northern Florida. So there are plenty of them here.

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Old 11-10-2015, 17:48   #3
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Yes. Many people do it all the time.
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Old 11-10-2015, 18:15   #4
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When I was in Bermuda last June I met a couple guys who had sailed down from New York in a Grampian 30. Not exactly a blue water cruiser but it just goes to show that watching the weather and a little bit of luck makes many production boats capable cruisers. They did mention the bulkheads creaked alarmingly the whole way
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

I will not like creaking. Do Hunter or Catalina boats creak? If so I would like to know.

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Old 11-10-2015, 18:58   #6
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I will not like creaking. Do Hunter or Catalina boats creak? If so I would like to know.

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All boats creak to some extent given the right circumstances.


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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

Creaking means the boat is flexing. I am trying to understand how much certain boats will creak over other boats. Will a 32' boat creak less than a 40' boat from the same manufaturer?

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Old 11-10-2015, 19:15   #8
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Our Catalina 42 was a charter boat with Sunsail and then it went back to Florida where we purchased it. It was then sailed by us from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale and then sailed offshore to Long Island by a captain. It did great. You will have no problem doing what you want to do on those boats. Just get the boat set up for longer cruising and you'll be fine.
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Creaking means the boat is flexing. I am trying to understand how much certain boats will creak over other boats. Will a 32' boat creak less than a 40' boat from the same manufaturer?

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Yes, No, sometimes, maybe......clear enough.
To fog this further different construction methods creak in different ways.

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Clear as mud...

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You can get a can of StopCreek at west marine. It's not cheap, but it's the only way to stop creeking.


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You can get a can of StopCreek at west marine. It's not cheap, but it's the only way to stop creeking.


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It's also great for getting rid of fibermites, and that awful crackly sound they make on quiet nights in warm water while they are chomping on your fiberglass.
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I'll check Amazon, I use marvolus mistry oil. That fixes everything.

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You can get a can of StopCreek at west marine. It's not cheap, but it's the only way to stop creeking.


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Do they also carry Insta-Gleem? Would like to spray it from a nozzle mounted on the headstay so the whole boat and sails will be gleaming as I sail.
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Catalina or Hunter would be just fine for your plans. BUT, our 450 did creak and bang quite a lot while rolling at an anchorage.
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