Originally Posted by Captryan23
Sorry for interrupting the discussion, but I'm a new searunner
owner and I need some help from the pros. I have a 1974 37ft searunner and I would like your feedback on:
1) What is the height of the mast above the water? I want to travel the Okeechobee waterway in a few weeks and I'm a little worried about that 49ft rr bridge.
2) I want to put marine
ac in her (I live in the Pensacola
area). Where is the best place to install unit and what size to cool entire boat (9000, 12000, or 16000btu)?
3) I live on a shallow bayou and I’m considering some type of kick-up rudder
system. Does anyone have some suggestions? Of course I would shorten the mini keel
Thanks for any feedback. I appreciate it.
I am typing with my left hand, as the right (typing hand) is in a cast, so I'll try to be uncharacteristically brief.
This is a great scenic shortcut for some, but your 37 will be too tall unless it has a shorter than standard mast, with no clutter on top. Our 34 is 50' above water on the mast, and 53' counting the antennae!
You can avoid the well publicized South Florida
hassles, by going out of the inlet at Ft LaTiDa, and hug the coast VERY CLOSE, to avoid the Gulf Stream
. Stop over at Biscayne Bay, then hop up to Marathon to go under the tall bridge there. Then take the inside ICW route
on up until you chose to shoot across the Panhandle's arm pit. By Tarpon Springs, you will have too shoot across. OR:
You can just shoot across the entire Gulf, once leaving Fl Bay. We have done it both ways, and straight across is about a week faster than inlet hopping, but you do NOT want a bad norther hitting you in the middle of the Gulf. It can generate really nasty waves, too short in period to comfortably ride over!
If your destination
is Bayou Chico, we know it well. (Lived there 3 years, and rode
out H Ivan there too). The water goes shallow all winter, and many dock
owners blew a hole, just under their boat, to keep them afloat at the dock
, but they could not leave in winter without perfect timing.
KICK UP RUDDER
The standard skeg/rudder has no more draft
than the boat's minikeel, so, assuming you HAVE a mini keel
, a different rudder doesn't have an advantage...
IF it matters to you, however: There is a semi balanced kick up spade rudder option in the plans, OR for the far superior skeg rudder, you can make a kick up rudder AND skeg unit, that fits into an open transom trunk. (Retrofitting this concept
to a SR gets complicated though). These kick up rudder/skeg units are GREAT, but building it right is a LOT of work! John Marples can send you the plans for either, at a very modest price
A built in installation
on a SR is heavy, complicated, takes up valuable space, and the boat REALLY doesn't lend itself to it, due to the two divided cabins.
IF you still want her to be a good cruiser, but need AC at the dock, I would do as we have. Start off with a full cockpit
enclosure, and make it really tight. Then, in the aft middle enclosure curtain, make a duplicate curtain that is mounted to a vertical ply wall, that has a condensate catchment tray underneath it. To this little wall we permanently mounted a 7,000 btu window ac unit. ($120)
With both companionway
flaps kept wide open, by cooling
, the cool/dry air falls into the cabins nicely. It also keeps most of the noise
"out there". (btw, we heat the boat this way too, as a single
large living space).
We can put this wall/tray/ac unit in place, zip it in, and hook it up to the dock's pedestal
in about 2 minutes. It works great, until the temps are in the upper 90s, and then it helps if it is used along with the awning, (which we all should have anyway), in order to really do its job. Even without the awning it helps a LOT! With >100 degree afternoon temps, we can have it in the 80s down below, and dry. Nighttime, is piece of cake!
I have never taken this 50# contraption with us cruising, and consider it useful mostly for "living at the dock mode" while working. It does however, have a balanced handle, and will fit nicely in the ama, OR your storage
unit back home.
If we cruise
the Chesapeake in Summer again, we will probably take it with us, as it is all protected cruising in the Chesapeake, and I would live with the weight, while cruising there. Then, If we had a heat spell coming, predicting 5 days at 105 degree temps, we would pull into a marina, hook up the ac, and wait it out.
I would not suggest taking such a thing out of the country, and in the tropics it seldom gets that hot, (> 95). Still, for waiting out H season, up the Rio Dulce, IN SUMMER, maybe I would?
Hope this helps,