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Old 22-08-2009, 04:10   #1
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Trip Around the World Starting in Florida

Hello to you all,
I would like (for the 1st time) to do atrip around the world with my wife and dog.
Our boat is a 50" sea ray sedan bridge and is located in Florida where we would start our trip , of course we would head towards the Bahamas first then turks and caicos and further over the caribian to south America from there on we will see. I just wonder if there is anyone experienced who could help me organise this trip or just give me advice on to or not to do.
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Old 22-08-2009, 04:40   #2
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Buy the following books:

"Sell up and Sail" by Bill and Laurel Cooper

"World Cruising Routes" by Jimmy Cornell

Visiting South America is good, but the canal is a better option than the Cape!

Read most of this forum, particularly the liveaboard bits. The first book and the threads here will be usefull provisioning background.

Start reading lots of sailing blogs and books such as those by Slocum,, and the wanderer books by Hiscock. If you are a masochist/minimalist, read those by the Pardeys'.

David Lewis "Daughter of the Wind" and subsequent books are also a real eye opener.

Get yourself well trained in the mechanics and electrics of the boat. Nigel Calder's book is a must.

Get yourself trained in comprehensive first aid.

Once you have done all that, you will be ready to ask specific questions, which will be a lot easier to answer.
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Old 22-08-2009, 04:50   #3
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Hello, sugus, and welcome to Cruisers Forum.

A couple of questions to help us get centered on your plans. What's your cruising range on the Sea Ray, with some fuel held in reserve? What kind of seas can she handle?
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Old 22-08-2009, 06:50   #4
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There is NO WAY I would ever undertake this voyage in a 50 inch boat! Two adults and a dog in less than 5 foot? I would trade up to at least an 8 footer.

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Old 22-08-2009, 06:57   #5
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A Sea Ray owners forum probably exists on the internet you may want to check there also. Maybe someone can give you first hand advice on bluewater cruising in that boat.
Good luck to you!
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Old 22-08-2009, 06:59   #6
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Every fifty footer that I have seen motoring around the world ended up having to carry fuel in barrels on deck, and some of them had to board up their windows with plywood to get insurance for the trip.

I would consider using the Sea Ray for doing the Caribbean, but not around the world. If I was going around the world in a Sea Ray, I would ship it on a freighter for the longest passages.
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Old 22-08-2009, 07:46   #7
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A SeaRay is a power boat isnt it?

Galapagos to Marquesas is 3,000nms (6,000 kms) and their aint no other way to cross the Pacific and their ain no stops along that way.

Hmmm you could go Alaska to Vladivostock......
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Old 22-08-2009, 08:08   #8
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Just buy "The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South...The Thornless Path" and 'work' your way down to Trinidad for hurricane season...If your wife is still on the boat I'll buy you the best dinner in town.

There are several motor boats, like your's in the Crews Inn marina in Trinidad with US hailing ports. So it is a path fairly often trod. But the Atlantic or the Pacific in a Sea Ray might be just a little bit ambitious. How are you going to rig the 'flopper stoppers'?

Good luck

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My main concern would be fuel. FIL has a Sea Ray and as best I can calculate you're probably looking at around 3Gph of fuel burn around 6-7 knots. With the stock 600 gal you'll make it around 1400 miles which will only get you half way-ish from Galap to Marquesas. For the other half you're looking at 10ish 55gal drums of fuel on deck. She seems top heavy enough as is, not sure I would want that kind of weight.

I'd have to agree with Dave and have it transported on the super long hauls.
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Old 22-08-2009, 09:36   #10
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this sounds like a joke trolling for bites....
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Give up the idea. The reality of it is scary in that boat. Sell her, and buy a sailboat that's a solid boat, and go anywhere you want in the world......i2f
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Old 22-08-2009, 14:06   #12
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Sea Ray does not really make good Water boats">blue water boats. they are mostly designed to be up on the plane try that at 20 knots of wind on the nose and if you slow down get off the step, fuel consumption, and discomfort increase . I could not get more than 1 nm/gal in a 60' Hatteras in those circumstances. Ole
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this sounds like a joke trolling for bites....

Me to when they can not spell Switzerland !!! and a first post!

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Old 22-08-2009, 17:06   #14
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roflmfao---i hope the person who posted this initial post is around to read the rest of the thread LOL....i think he oughtta put up a mast and see how far his jacket will sail him then figger out where he wants to go ----the dog can swim, i hope....maybe can pull the sea ray after it runs outta gas lol...or maybe the 13 yr old using mom or dads computer should figger out he made a goood joke........gooood luck!!! i really hope this was a joke thread--if it wasnt--please reconsider your plans......
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Would a Searay take a small junk sail. It would help a lot downwind. Even better may be a mast to launch the kites that pull so well ?
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