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Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 19-06-2010, 16:12
Replies: 11
Views: 3,304
Posted By Les Bechdel
Grand Cay is a bit shallow but very protected...

Grand Cay is a bit shallow but very protected once you get in. My boat draws five feet and I had to wait until high tide to get in.

I always taken my time in the outer Abacos and cleared in at...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 17-06-2010, 11:56
Replies: 6
Views: 4,880
Posted By Les Bechdel
I sailed to North Bimini in April of 2009 and...

I sailed to North Bimini in April of 2009 and there were no entry buoys whatsoever. I don't have my charts with me, but I recalled that we sailed directly towards the big marina on the south island...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 17-06-2010, 11:32
Replies: 634
Views: 94,664
Posted By Les Bechdel
I've got a 39 foot steel cutter that was...

I've got a 39 foot steel cutter that was professionally built in South Africa. It is heavier than a comparable FRP boat so it takes more air to get it going. In heavy weather, however, it has a...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 02-04-2010, 08:55
Replies: 122
Views: 106,331
Posted By Les Bechdel
Cascade 27

You might consider a Cascade 27. This is an older design fin keel that were built in Portland, Oregon. Typically, the factory would sell the hull and deck bonded but the owner would finish it. ...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 02-04-2010, 08:41
Replies: 21
Views: 12,549
Posted By Les Bechdel
9.9 horse Yamaha Long Shaft

I use a long shaft, 9.9 horse Yamaha for my dingy outboard and it doubles as a backup auxiliary should my main engine fail (which it has). Because my boat has a transom-hung rudder, I had to mount...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 22-02-2009, 15:41
Replies: 3
Views: 6,774
Posted By Les Bechdel
Anchoring in Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale

In mid-March I am hoping to avoid the ICW and sail off the Florida coast from Stuart to Miami. In an earlier thread, I got some great advice about anchoring in Miami. I am now seeking anchoring...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 14-02-2009, 09:49
Replies: 4
Views: 1,534
Posted By Les Bechdel
I was at the Indiantown Marina in November and...

I was at the Indiantown Marina in November and they said the lake was back up due to the recent rains. One of their staff helps boats get under the low bridge for about $125 (I think). They have...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 03-02-2009, 11:34
Replies: 10
Views: 16,961
Posted By Les Bechdel
Offshore to Bahamas

A couple of years ago we went offshore from Cape Fear River to the Abacos in early December. We were planning to jump off from Beaufort, but the weather wasn't right. It took about two and half...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 03-02-2009, 11:23
Replies: 2
Views: 1,784
Posted By Les Bechdel
Twizzle Rigs

I've got a custom steel 34 foot cutter that came with a twizzle sail, also known as a "butterfly" sail. I used it a few times and believe it would excellent for long term downwind sailing in the...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 30-01-2009, 08:22
Replies: 12
Views: 9,408
Posted By Les Bechdel
Wow, isn't this forum the greatest thing! Thanks...

Wow, isn't this forum the greatest thing! Thanks everyone for your advice, it sounds like there are several options. Fair winds to all!
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 29-01-2009, 16:47
Replies: 12
Views: 9,408
Posted By Les Bechdel
Can you anchor in Miami harbor?

I am picking up crew flying into Miami international. Is there a place where a boat can anchor near the airport? If anchoring is not allowed, can anyone recommend a cheap marina for a 34' sailboat...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 29-01-2009, 16:43
Replies: 26
Views: 4,261
Posted By Les Bechdel
I'd recommend crossing on to the bank at White...

I'd recommend crossing on to the bank at White Sands which lay north of Memory Rock. If you leave Florida in the morning, and the weather is calm, you can anchor once on the bank. Another day puts...
Forum: Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 28-01-2009, 17:09
Replies: 4
Views: 1,758
Posted By Les Bechdel
I am preparing to sail to Panama in April and to...

I am preparing to sail to Panama in April and to clear in there one needs to present his clearance papers from the last port of call. Checking the Customs and Border Patrol website there is no...
Forum: Pacific & South China Sea 28-01-2009, 16:56
Replies: 7
Views: 2,217
Posted By Les Bechdel
Go to the Noonsite web site and click Panama. ...

Go to the Noonsite web site and click Panama. There is lots of up to date advice about doing the Canal, the process and what it costs. I believe a boat your size would be more like $850, plus the...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 28-01-2009, 16:47
Replies: 15
Views: 5,687
Posted By Les Bechdel
I've owned several fiberglass sailboats and...

I've owned several fiberglass sailboats and presently own a South African custom built 34' steel cutter. It is a multichine construction so appears fair. Inspect every inch of the inside of the...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 27-01-2009, 11:14
Replies: 0
Views: 4,971
Posted By Les Bechdel
Miami to Panama Delivery Route

Hi,

A crew of two are looking for advice for the fastest way to get to Panama. We are departing in our 34' sailboat early April and will be flying back in early may.

Going via the Old Bahama...
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