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Old 09-03-2015, 15:17   #16
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Thank you for the warm welcomes.
I am truly humbled and feel very welcomed.
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Old 09-03-2015, 15:24   #17
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Hey Jimbo.. Welcome to CF.
If I can take a 22 from the UK to Portugal with just 2 stops you'll have no problems.. have a Grand Time..
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Old 09-03-2015, 15:45   #18
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Hey Ralph,
Probably try to catch good weather and take the shortest route I can across. Or just haul up the keel and follow the coast. I know it is pretty shallow. I'll keep all options open and decide when I get there and ready to move on. I sailed out side from Ship Island to Destin before, over night and a day. I did ok but admit I was a little scared a hundred miles offshore. It helped when some Dolphins showed up and cruised along side.
Some one else asked about my motor, A couple years old 4 stroke 6hp Tohatsu. long shaft. It pushes "Grace" along pretty good but haven't used it in any weather as yet. I also have a over hauled '68 6hp Johnson short shaft I think I'll take along as a back up. Its a 2 stroke but very reliable. Both of these just sip gas at a fast idle and move us at about 3 knts.
Other prep includes a new storm jib and a new set of Ulman offshore crusing sails. I Full battened loose footed main with two reefs and a hank on working jib with 1 reef. I am now double checking the standing rigging and chain plates. Dropping the keel for clean up fairing and paint as well as new pin and hangers. Just finisfed a new haul up cable and winch.
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Old 09-03-2015, 16:08   #19
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Yeah, we just cross from Carrabelle to Clearwater. The first time, after a being a bit bumpy early, the Gulf was like glass overnight with a full moon. Nothing you couldn't do on that Catalina with the right weather window. My concern would be doing it with no one else to stand watch, assuming you won't have an autopilot.

Keep in mind too, some waterways will have a fair current running (especially the East Coast). It may take some trip planning from time to time.

Anyway, have fun.

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Old 09-03-2015, 16:42   #20
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I can't think of anything wrong with a Catalina 22 for what you're talking about. Florida has a lot of shallows that would make that boat really shine.

In fact, I've been seriously considering getting a second boat specifically for Florida. I have a 35 on the great lakes andbthe motor down to good weather is just too far.

The boat I've most seriously considered? A Catalina 22. They have shallow draft, they have an excellent reputation and I could easily trailer one behind my Hyundai Santa Fe.

Good luck and good choice of boat.

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I started out with an Oday Kitten, which is just a over sized surfboard with a sail. But I can't resist:
"Lovey Darling, could you pop the top of our yacht? Yes, it's the little latch right over there bunkins. Ah, now get me my martini, shaken not stirred" (As he does one of his Thurston Howe grins)
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