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Old 03-01-2019, 09:47 AM   #21
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I would not want to tow that 19 or even run it solo unless you have good conditions. The 42 will be a little bumpy. The 19 will get beat.

Monday does not look too good for this plan, looks better earlier. Fri and Sat look pretty good, maybe tues. Still pretty far out weather wise to make solid plans. I was looking at Windy.
Yep. We’ve towed our 11 foot whaler across the gulf stream with our 42 four times. We prefer to wait for less than 10 knots predicted, with no N in it when towing a tender.

Think about having a tow line come unhitched or break and having to recover the tender in the seas that are predicted. If you feel comfortable pulling that off in the predicted conditions, then that’s the time to go. But, it is so worth the pain in the butt to tow it once you get it there! We’re taking our 22center console next trip.
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:10 AM   #22
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Yep. We’ve towed our 11 foot whaler across the gulf stream with our 42 four times. We prefer to wait for less than 10 knots predicted, with no N in it when towing a tender.

Think about having a tow line come unhitched or break and having to recover the tender in the seas that are predicted. If you feel comfortable pulling that off in the predicted conditions, then that’s the time to go. But, it is so worth the pain in the butt to tow it once you get it there! We’re taking our 22center console next trip.
funny you mention that one. I spent some time at night looking for a lost dink in the GS. It broke off a 120nm tow due to chafing. A 13 BW has about zero radar reflectivity.

Double tow: 42 trawler, 27' power boat, then 13 BW. I was sleeping in the 27'
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:29 PM   #23
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Ouch!


The current plan is to have my buddy fall in behind me driving the 19í across. We will hook back up once on the banks.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:58 PM   #24
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I'd cross without hesitation in the 42'. I would be very hesitant towing the 19' across though but would probably do so in the conditions forecast if I was into such things. No way I would run a 19' across to the Bahamas. Not going to do so. Too many tragedies on boats in that size range running offshore and trying to cross.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:18 PM   #25
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Ouch!


The current plan is to have my buddy fall in behind me driving the 19’ across. We will hook back up once on the banks.
I like that plan better than towing.

Both boats can run at their happy speeds and keep in touch via radio.

Can always put it under tow if need be.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:45 AM   #26
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Coming into Stuart now. Weather forecast seems to be improving.

Current forecast is 2-3 with an 8 second period!
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Coming into Stuart now. Weather forecast seems to be improving.

Current forecast is 2-3 with an 8 second period!
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Have a safe trip!
Calm Seas and Warm Breeze!
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Cross over to Bahamas with winds out of the south

Have a great trip!

Take some video if possible. Iím always interested in seeing different crossing conditions.
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Coming into Stuart now. Weather forecast seems to be improving.

Current forecast is 2-3 with an 8 second period!


The crossing window is going to close on Tuesday for the remainder of the week.
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We rolled out this morning at 0500 with heavy fog. It started to break up just past the jetties though.

Picked up speed to about 16kts and headed for White Sand Ridge. My buddy was behind me in my 19í boat (named Lamont after Sanford and Son because my wife thinks is a piece of junk.)

It was an easy 2-3 for the first hour and steadily built up from there. Averaged out around 4í at about 5 seconds. There were times we were surfing the waves and times we were falling back on it with the big boat.

Lamont just bobbed along with my buddy at the helm.

We had to run fast for another hour or so once in the banks just to get some slower wave action where we could hook up Lamont to the mother ship.

Weíve been running at 8kts the rest of the way. Now in the Sea of Abaco and just a moderate chop.

Current arrival time to GTC is right at 8:30pm tonight.

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Lamont!

Congrats on the safe crossing. That would have been pretty lumpy in a slow boat towards the end I assume?
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Nice!! Thought it would get a bit sporty, especially for the 19. Well done having him run right in your wake so the big boat would break the seas for him.
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Cross over to Bahamas with winds out of the south

He said the ride in Lamont was nice. It handled the waves very well.

I canít ask too much out of a boat that was a former rental boat. Itís beat but it works well for the islands. Iím just amazed the 1993 Evinrude 130 that I put on it ran for 5 hours without so much as a hiccup!
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Just be sure to stay away from the Bermuda Triangle.
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25yr old Evinrude does the crossing. That is saying something. Kudos.
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25yr old Evinrude does the crossing. That is saying something. Kudos.

I was thinking the same thing! Very cool!
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Just be sure to stay away from the Bermuda Triangle.
Wifey B: And why would he worry about it in the Bahamas?
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25yr old Evinrude does the crossing. That is saying something. Kudos.
Friend is willing to drive the 25yr old Evinrude accross....THAT says a lot too !! I hope you bought him a few Kaliks after you cleared !!
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Wifey B: And why would he worry about it in the Bahamas?
That is exactly how it starts. Someone says "Bermuda Triangle". Then someone says "I thought it was the Bahamas Triangle". "Where are we anyway"? … And they are never heard from again.

I like this thread and am thinking I would like to be in the Bahamas now.
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That is exactly how it starts. Someone says "Bermuda Triangle". Then someone says "I thought it was the Bahamas Triangle". "Where are we anyway"? Ö And they are never heard from again.

I like this thread and am thinking I would like to be in the Bahamas now.
Wifey B: Well, it's because Mark lives in Ensenada.

Same proximity.
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