Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-12-2011, 05:18   #1
Registered User
 
fenceguy2's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Savannah, Ga
Boat: Seidelmann 299
Posts: 26
Images: 1
To Take or Not to Take ?

I am thinking about buying a 30' seidelmann.

I plan on using it for cruising down the florida coast/keys and maybe over to the bahamas.


I have a 15' flats boat with a 40 hp that I would like to take with me for diving/fishing etc just looking for peoples thoughts on if this is doable?

many thanks
Fenceguy
__________________

__________________
fenceguy2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 05:33   #2
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,189
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
pirate Re: to take or not to take?

Might be difficult lifting it onto the foredeck...
You'd be ok towing up to a F4 I'd think... over that somethings gonna break..
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 05:51   #3
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Tellie's Avatar

Community Sponsor

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Hollywood, Fl.
Boat: FP Athena 38' Poerava
Posts: 3,046
Re: to take or not to take?

Yeah, Uh, Idunno, Maybe in really flat seas, but you'd need the same condtions coming back. I personally wouldn't pull a flats boat across the stream with a sail boat. They're just not open water baots. But I've seen stranger things.
Tellie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 06:27   #4
Registered User
 
sailvayu's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Myers FL
Boat: Irwin 40
Posts: 878
Re: to take or not to take?

Towing a boat that size and weight will put a heavy load on any towing gear. In open water you would have to use a long towing line. It would also seriously slow you down. Considering the problems with towing an open boat and the slower speed this all ads up to some serious safety issues. Not to mention if the tow breaks you have lost an expensive boat and motor. I would rethink that plan.
__________________
Capt. Wayne Canning, AMS
www.projectboat.info
http://sailvayu.com/
sailvayu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 06:53   #5
Registered User
 
zeta's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Murrells Inlet, SC
Boat: mt34dt
Posts: 308
Re: to take or not to take?

Tow the flats boat to the Keys and put in storage until ready for use. In protected waters it would be okay, specially if you are anchoring a lot. Many flats boats make the trip to the bahamas on their own...jets skis do it.! But for me, a nice RIB inflatable with a 25 hp would be perfect for scooting all over and easier tow rig.....
__________________
zeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 07:06   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stuart Fl
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 692
Re: to take or not to take?

A quick,note I towed my Zodiac 11'6" with a 15 hp home one year from the Bahamas as we stoped to dive for supper at Sandy key,Made a night crossing didn't take time to hoist the dink on board,Had the Stream with me and calm condtions From Sandy Key to St Lucie inlet usually take 9 hours took 11 pulling the Dink.My boat a C&C 36 with M 4 30 universial diesel.I could only guess a 30 ft boat towing a flats boat with a 40 hp would really slow you down
__________________
casual is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 07:12   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 145
Re: to take or not to take?

We sometimes use a 10' fiberglass boat and tow it behind our sailboat. It really bothers me and I find myself constantly looking back and checking on it. If a squall popped up, i feel like it would quickly become an anchor and we would have to cut it loose. I would strongly prefer an inflatable dinghy and will eventually buy one, even though they look like somewhat of a pain to inflate/set up.
For me, there are enough things to worry about while sailing without throwing something else into the mix. But, you may very well be more seasoned and comfortable while sailing than me as I've only been sailing a few years.
__________________
easterly38 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 07:33   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,133
Re: to take or not to take?

If you try to tow that flat boat to the Bahamas chances are it will be lost. Sooner or later you will run into some bad weather, especially on the crossings. I once found an overturned fiberglass catamaran dink with about a 25 or 30 hp Yamaha motor on it off Great Sale Cay on my way home. All I could do was report its position as the conditions were too rough to attempt retrieving it although it was very tempting. I had seen this dink a few days prior, it had been nested under the back end of a big power cat.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 08:04   #9
Registered User
 
fenceguy2's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Savannah, Ga
Boat: Seidelmann 299
Posts: 26
Images: 1
Re: to take or not to take?

thanks for all the input. Kinda figured It would be safer to buy an inflatable.
__________________
fenceguy2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 09:19   #10
CF Adviser
 
Bash's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: sausalito
Boat: 14 meter sloop
Posts: 7,260
Re: to take or not to take?

Quote:
Originally Posted by fenceguy2 View Post
thanks for all the input. Kinda figured It would be safer to buy an inflatable.
It will certainly make for a better diving platform. Not a bad fishing platform either.

Do yourself a favor and get something that you can lash upside-down on the foredeck. It's always good to have options.
__________________
cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
Bash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 09:34   #11
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
 
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 17,762
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: to take or not to take?

roll up inflatable makes a great platform for working and diving and is stable.... easy to stow on deck so isnt lost at sea..... smooth sailing.
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 10:16   #12
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Cruising NC, FL, Bahamas, TCI & VIs
Boat: 1964 Pearson Ariel 'Faith' / Pearson 424, sv Emerald Tide
Posts: 1,531
Re: to take or not to take?

Quote:
Originally Posted by fenceguy2 View Post
thanks for all the input. Kinda figured It would be safer to buy an inflatable.
Good decision. Never tow anything you would hesitate to cut loose if things get bad. Might be a tougher call with something like that... might cost you your boat (or more) in the wrong circumstances.
__________________

__________________
s/v 'Faith' is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:50.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.