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Old 15-06-2016, 18:36   #16
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Re: Cheaper to have boat shipped or sailed?

From where to where and when do you want to make the move?
I could be in the market to sail it for you.
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Old 15-06-2016, 18:40   #17
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Hey all, I want to move the boat down to Marathon in the fall, but don't really want to sail the distance (about 450nm straight) myself. I was looking at either having the vessel shipped over land or finding someone that would want to sail it and figured I'd ask for opinions here. What would you guys advise?
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Old 15-06-2016, 19:12   #18
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Re: Cheaper to have boat shipped or sailed?

Remind me again what kind of boat and it's length. I thought that I saw someone say it was a Catalina 25.
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Old 15-06-2016, 20:38   #19
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Re: Cheaper to have boat shipped or sailed?

The shipping cost is only part of the cost. Hauling and splashing adds up.

$3 / mile seems to ring a bell.

Over 9/1/2' gets complicated in terms of wide load permits and routing.

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Old 16-06-2016, 12:11   #20
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So update: after calling around apparently I'm not going to find a marina in marathon so I believe I'll be heading west instead (maybe Corpus Christi) and taking some time to explore Mexico. Needless to say I'll be taking the ICW down that route.


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At the Corpus Christi Yacht Club they have a crane which is routinely used to pick boats off trailers and place them in the water.. There are several who race out there on Wednesday evening who keep their boats on trailers in the yard of the CCYC..

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Old 16-06-2016, 20:06   #21
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Re: Cheaper to have boat shipped or sailed?

I own a Catalina 25 and sail it in all sorts of conditions. Give me a heads up on your boat and maybe we could work out something.
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Old 17-06-2016, 05:56   #22
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Why no-go for Marathon?? Full marinas??

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Old 17-06-2016, 11:56   #23
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Re: Cheaper to have boat shipped or sailed?

Marathon is a no go due to not being able to find a liveaboard marina that doesn't have an insane waiting list; I don't want to live on the hook or on a mooring ball right now.
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Old 17-06-2016, 16:24   #24
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So update: after calling around apparently I'm not going to find a marina in marathon so I believe I'll be heading west instead (maybe Corpus Christi) and taking some time to explore Mexico. Needless to say I'll be taking the ICW down that route.
Good for you! You decided to actually sail your sailboat.

And, if I remember correctly from my sailing days out of Mobile, AL. The shortest route from Destin, FL to Corpus Christie, TX is ACROSS THE GULF.

So take that puppy out in real water, let her do what she is designed to do, and forget the brown water ICW.

Have a fun adventure!
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Old 18-06-2016, 00:43   #25
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Good for you! You decided to actually sail your sailboat.

And, if I remember correctly from my sailing days out of Mobile, AL. The shortest route from Destin, FL to Corpus Christie, TX is ACROSS THE GULF.

So take that puppy out in real water, let her do what she is designed to do, and forget the brown water ICW.

Have a fun adventure!
As much as I agree with you and would like to cut across I'm not sure if a Catalina 25 is designed for blue water sailing. I know people have circumnavigated with them but I just don't know if I or the boat (she's an '83 and still very new to me) am up to it.
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As much as I agree with you and would like to cut across I'm not sure if a Catalina 25 is designed for blue water sailing. I know people have circumnavigated with them but I just don't know if I or the boat (she's an '83 and still very new to me) am up to it.
Hey, I understand, But let's get one thing straight... the Gulf is brown water!



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As much as I agree with you and would like to cut across I'm not sure if a Catalina 25 is designed for blue water sailing. I know people have circumnavigated with them but I just don't know if I or the boat (she's an '83 and still very new to me) am up to it.
Thomas, I think you may be confusing the Cat 27 with the 25. I know that a chap did circumnavigate in a highly modified c-27, but have not heard of doing so in a 25... which is an even less likely candidate for such an undertaking.

To address a point in the above quote, the Cat 25 is definitely NOT designed for open ocean sailing. I'm sure that Frank Butler would be the first to agree with that. They are good little trailer sailors, but simply not strong enough for heavy weather sailing. I'm not at all familiar with GOM conditions, but from looking at the chart, the distance saved by the direct route isn't that great, and the ability to duck into a protected anchorage when the wx goes bad is not to be ignored. So, if you decide to sail her home, I'd sure suggest the inshore route. S/V Sailfish sounds like someone with not so much offshore experience to me.. but I do not know him and could be wrong.

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Hey, I understand, But let's get one thing straight... the Gulf is brown water! <snip>
While the color of the water near the shore GOM is indeed brown, getting out there miles from shore and one of those storms blows up (as one did this past weekend off of Galveston), and it will leave you quite blue <grin>..

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P.S. once you get out far enough away from all of the oil rigs, the water is actually a very pretty blue.. I didn't believe myself until I saw it..

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Jim Cate...

Nope, no blue water miles at all. Unless you count the 53k miles I have racked up in the last 28 years. Pacific, Atlantic, Caribe, The Med, 4 trips through the Ditch, etc.

And... The # of posts one has on this website has nothing to do with how far a person has sailed whatsoever. Nor their experience. I know people here that have less than 25 posts and also have a circumnav under their belt. I also know people here that have thousands of posts and have never, ever been to sea. Watch what you assume sir.
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Jim Cate...

Nope, no blue water miles at all. Unless you count the 53k miles I have racked up in the last 28 years. Pacific, Atlantic, Caribe, The Med, 4 trips through the Ditch, etc.

And... The # of posts one has on this website has nothing to do with how far a person has sailed whatsoever. Nor their experience. I know people here that have less than 25 posts and also have a circumnav under their belt. I also know people here that have thousands of posts and have never, ever been to sea. Watch what you assume sir.
Well, Sailfish, my comment was in response to your statement:

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So take that puppy out in real water, let her do what she is designed to do, and forget the brown water ICW.
The Catalina 25 was not designed to do what you are promoting. The comment sounded like something an inexperienced sailor, one who reads lots of advertisements, might say.

Hence my confusion.

I do agree that post count has little to do with either experience or wisdom.

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