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Old 05-11-2015, 08:26   #1
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Southern Cross 31

Hello ALL!

It has been a few years since I have been active on here but guess what….i BOUGHT A NEW BOAT! New to me that is, she is a 1989 Southern Cross 31'. I bought her literally last week and will be looking to sail her home from Mobile, AL to Kemah, TX asap.

I have a unique question to anyone out there who knows, I am wondering what you do for a double ender and the need for a bimini?! More importantly if anyone owns a SC31 and has dimensions or ideas!?

I am also looking into getting a tiller pilot for the journey home and I have been told to find the most robust one I can afford, anyone have advice on this?

Any general comments or suggestions for the boat would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.


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Old 05-11-2015, 09:35   #2
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Re: Southern Cross 31

Possibly this for your AP Raymarine SPX/ SPX-5GP Removable Tiller Drive Autopilots or this would prolly work ,it's what we have and we weigh a little more that you do .
As far as a bimini that you could sail with it would depend where your main sheet is located . Ours is on the bridge so that would make it easier , but we just have a boom tent .
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:52   #3
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ID:	112282 my 30ft double ender has a rather small Bimini that we can sail with although the main sheet track is at the bridge deck so the attachment to the dodger has to be zipped off if sailing. The Bimini itself is very small when compared to a modern transom boat. It's a compromise with Scandinavian sterns. Good luck.

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Re: Southern Cross 31

Sail the boat to get a feel for the force required to steer the boat under a variety of condditons. If force is significant, might think about the X-5. If it's fairly light a Raymarine 2000 might be just fine and a hell of a lot cheaper. Don't know it it is still available but Raymarine made a heavy duty drive for the X-5 Ram. Think they called it the GP version
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