Originally Posted by Robalo
I'm also a new boater and recently purchased a Robalo R260 (26') with twin 250hp motors.
In May a friend of mine is making the crossing for memorial weekend.
I was wondering what your opinions would be of me joining him with my 26 footer.
Sounds like fun! We will also probalby cross, but to Lucaya Memorial day weekend. I am a sailor, and I have crossed more times than I can count, and with the sailboat, we never checked the weather
or the state of the gulfstream before crossing.
However, we just did our first crossing in our Sea Ray
46. Seas in the stream were 4-6, and for many parts
we couldn't go more than 8 knots lest we beat the boat to pieces. No problems, but it just seeemed that any faster really started to punish the boat.
I am not sure how your boat handles the seas, but I would try for 2ft or less in the stream. You can make it in 6, but it is just many hours of what some might find unpleasant. Don't break your significant other into boating
in the stream in a powerboat in 6ft or more.
It took us 8 hours from Palm Beach to Lucaya, and in calmer seas we could have made it in 4 easy and not been covered in salt
when we got there.
In the sailboat, it is a whole different world. 6ft in the gulfstream in a sailboat would have been just another day.