what's a rogue wave?
Thats not a trip I would attempt in such a small boat. Someone died in august from a rogue wave in a 70' boat during a routine St. Maarten to Tortola run, which is relatively easy. Imagine a run in unprotected waters.
what's a rogue wave?
If Bob told me not to do it, I wouldn't do it. In all seriousness you would be better off in a 30' center console with a couple outboards and a selfbailing hull then a 30' baja.
Another good thread to read is the world record attempt that the Statement team just attempted in their new Center Console.
Regardless of the forecast a storm can come out of no where and with several 100+ mile open water passages it's just not a good idea.
The idea is to have fun and enjoy your new boat, not to become a statistic!
Typically in the past, the Florida Power boat Club wont allow anything smaller than a 35 to do any ocean crossings on their runs to the bahamas. Good call. Weather conditions can change drastically on the open waters, and the issues with fuel, the chances are too great for a problem.
Save your money on fuel, your boat, and possibly your life, and have it shipped over. Then play all you want once there.
The Continuation of Bobthebuilder's Caribbean Adventure - Feb to May 2011
You had a question related to boat length and handling in the seas. For sure the more length and weight you have the better the boat will behave when you get into heavy seas. Many years ago I have was caught in 15' seas in a 33' boat and when you are in the bottom of the trough surrounded by walls of water can be very intimidating not to mention getting tossed as a wave would crest under the keel. That's when mechanical stuff and bones get broken. So yes, bigger the better to stay in the water.
Where in PR are you located? I have met great people in Ponce, Fajardo and San Juan. I hope we get to meet when you complete your purchase. I will be back in the Islands with Team PREDATOR periodically from mid Feb until June 1st this year. Let me know.
You might have to pay an import or excise tax on your boat once you get it to Puerto Rico. If so, make sure the amount is in your budget (I think it was around 18%). I shipped a boat from Puerto Rico and my comment is based on the research that I did at that time. In fact, you had to pay the tax even if you were not going to permanently reside in PR. You would get a refund once you moved your boat out of the area. I also remember that they were debating changing the tax law at that time (several years ago). At least take some time to research this so you aren't surprised.
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I second/third the concern regarding the size of boat Danielson is talking about using. That's just too small for such a serious trip. Open ocean for hundreds of miles with erratic weather & sea conditions, don't bode well for the type of boat & size being discussed.
Bob & his crew would be some of the few seasoned experts on this, & I'd take their experience & advice word by word before attempting this type of trip. .
Hi Bob,Where in PR are you located? I have met great people in Ponce, Fajardo and San Juan. I hope we get to meet when you complete your purchase. I will be back in the Islands with Team PREDATOR periodically from mid Feb until June 1st this year. Let me know.
I currently reside in New York. My plan is to move to Puerto Rico within the next year. Hope to see you soon during one of your adventures when I get to move down there.
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