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Old 02-10-2012, 12:52   #1
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How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

This question came up in another thread and I was really surprised at the amount of extra fuel these boats had to carry for a delivery from Europe or South Africa to the Americas when the boats weren't shipped as cargo. Europe's a cakewalk with a delivery from South Africa being 50% further. So, a few questions.
1. Any members done this?
2. Would you do it again?
3. Has anyone worked out the logistics, range, fuel reserves?
4. Where'd you put the extra fuel?
5. Any cats have this range? Maybe Sunreef.
6. Pics?
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:12   #2
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

I'm sure there are many, but the Crosswater is one that I know of. We have friends who cruise from the Chesapeake to Exumas each year and only fill up once at Ocean Petroleum in Brunswick, GA (cheapest on the east coast) for the entire 4,000+ mile round trip.
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

Just a guess.....

Capetown - St. Helena = ~1700nm
St. Helena - Ascention = ~825nm
Ascention - Noronha = ~1100nm
Noronha - Barbados = ~1900nm

Then it's easy.
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Old 04-10-2012, 17:36   #4
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

Have a look on Schionnings web site.
They delivered a 16m power cat 15,000nm from South Africa across the Atlantic ,thru the Panama canal and on to N.Z in 2009.
Very interesting article with pictures.
I believe they used flexible deck tanks ?
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Old 04-10-2012, 17:51   #5
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

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Delivery of a Leopard 47 Powercat from the factory in Cape Town, South Africa to be added to the Moorings charter fleet in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Every Leopard 47 Powercat is delivered on her own bottom to various worldwide destinations; a true testament to this boat's quality, safety, and efficiency.
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

Not exactly in the same category, but Fabio Buzzi just did New York- Bermuda in 17hrs 6 mins, in a 40ft cat with 2 x 650 hp Fiat diesels.
Averaged over 40 knots
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

Whilst at anchor in St Helena this year a Leopard Power cat arrived ,brand new and on its way to the Carribean ,it had the Moorings logo . I spoke to the skipper who was a dead ringer for a young Robert Redford he told me thay always stop here to refuel . They carry 4x 200 litre blue plastic fuel drums in the cockpit .They stayed for 24 hours refueled and left .they were not interested in having a beer it was strictly business.

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Old 04-10-2012, 19:55   #8
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Whilst at anchor in St Helena this year a Leopard Power cat arrived ,brand new and on its way to the Carribean ,it had the Moorings logo . I spoke to the skipper who was a dead ringer for a young Robert Redford he told me thay always stop here to refuel . They carry 4x 200 litre blue plastic fuel drums in the cockpit .They stayed for 24 hours refueled and left .they were not interested in having a beer it was strictly business.

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I sure wouldn't fancy jerry jugging that much fuel out to a boat at anchor. No wonder they didn't have time for a beer !

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They probably couldn't have afforded the beer after the amount they paid for the fuel.
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Most will go on the back of a ship.
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

Leopard 37s
Started Cape Town South Africa with 633 gallons of fuel
1,740 nm to St. Helena in the South Atlantic
2224 nm to Fortaleza, Brazil
2029 nm to Tortola, BVI
The transatlantic crossing took less than a month

The Leopard 37 encountered winds from 0 to 35 miles per hour and seas from every direction during the crossing. Waves broke over the boat and showered Schepers on the bridge deck, but that did not stop him from going back for more. No sooner had delivered the Leopard 37 to the Moorings charter fleet than did Schepers return to South Africa to repeat the performance. He reported, “The fact that I am sitting on another Leopard 37 on my way to Tortola, speaks for itself. This is a lot more boat than meets the eye.“

Eventually, they settled into their groove with their engine revving at 1,800 rpm, and the boat clipping along at 7 mph and consuming a quart per hour.

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Eventually, they settled into their groove with their engine revving at 1,800 rpm, and the boat clipping along at 7 mph and consuming a quart per hour.

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I would believe a quart per mile, but not a quart per hour.
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Re: How Do They Get PowerCats Across the Atlantic?

This is why I started this thread. I never heard of the Crosswater. It looks nice and expensive. So basically it's a 6000 NM voyage from SA to the Carib. I knew that most or all of the smaller production cats didn't have the range which was why I asked about extra storage. I'm not up on my itty bitty South Atlantic islands so I didn't even know that you could get fuel there. So, more questions.
1. How much is fuel at those itty bitty islands?
2. Did the L47 PC make it there without extra fuel.
3. What would be the cost of fuel for any of these from SA to the Carib?
Assuming one would know the particulars for that boat.
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