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Old 12-04-2009, 20:49   #1
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Powerboating Miami > Trinidad - Advice ?

1st time long distance boater and would like to get from Miami FL to Trinidad & Tobago.
What is the shortest, safest route. I would like to get there by August 9th for the Regatta in Tobago.
We will be on a 32' Wellcraft Martinique (power boat).
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What's the cruising range of the Wellcraft?
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Greetings, and welcome aboard cool ruler.

I don't think that the Wellcraft 3200 Martinique, with it’s “flatish” modified V hull, is particularly well suited to the trip. I’d expect she would give you a bit of a pounding, in any seas over 2 - 4 Foot.

The Martinique was built with a 162 gallon fuel tank. Inboard models, with 320hp MerCruisers, cruise at about 20–23 knots. I’d expect these engines to burn something on the order of 10 - 12 gph (each), at 20 kt cruise, which would give LESS than a 200 n.m. range (maybe significantly less, in any kind of seaway!).
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If Gord is right (and he usually is) about the range of the Wellcraft then it would be a pretty tight trip to make Trinidad with this boat. If the boat has a max range of 200 nm it would be prudent to use at most 2/3s of that in any one leg, 1/2 would be better.

Once past Clarence Town Long Island in the Bahamas you face a couple of very long stretches were refueling could be a problem. I haven't sailed the south Bahamas for many years but the most recent guides I have still show no marinas or regular fuel docks between Long Island and the Turks & Caicos Islands or Inagua (if you take a more southerly route). From either of these stops you have another long hop to reach the north coast of Hispaniola that would also push the limits of this boat.

Once past the Virgin Islands you have big ocean between the islands. At times you might have to wait many days to find a calm period to make the hop to the next island.

The trip could be doable but not one I would recommend for a first time, long distance boater.
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It could be done carrying extra fuel drums or deck tanks (at $800 each). But why? You can fly down and rent a boat - safer and probably cheaper.
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It could be done carrying extra fuel drums or deck tanks (at $800 each).
I would be really nervous carrying gasoline onboard in drums or deck tanks. Especially not something I would recommend for a first time offshore boater.
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Might be cheaper and easier to contact Tropical or Crowley and have it shipped down to Trini.
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