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Old 09-14-2007, 10:04 AM
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We have done this run (05) and several FPC events including the Bahamas trips. Reliablilty is more valuable than speed. Our 32 Sunsation runs low 70's and has never failed to complete a poker run. A few of the other posts are correct, no one gets left behind, getting to Gilberts will be easy docking since you will be rafted on the outside row and FPC does a great job helping newcomers feel welcome. Even running at the back of the pack you won't get lost.

My biggest complaint with the KW run is that it is a long way to go on the way home. The Winter Rally is the same run but the destination is in Marathon at Hawk's Cay with a day trip to Key West the next day. This gives you the option of skipping the last 60 miles to Key West and if you still want to go you break the run into 2 days. The KWPR has the best hardware in the country but it is 150+ miles each way of fast boating. I would have much preferred having trailering out of KW at the end of the event which is what a few people do. I just was beat Sunday after drinking all the whole weekend, 150 mile ride back to Haulover, 90 mile trailer home, wash/flush boat then get back to work on Monday to pay for it all!
Thanks, thats the info I am looking for, my boat is mid 70s tops but with stock set up it is reliable, so I may plan this for next year. Regardless if I upgrade. It looks like a fun trip to get away from the kids for a weekend.
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I ran out there last year and can easily get us all out there again. What is Steve running these days
I think it's top secret, he's tight lipped but it's supposed to be done for the run.....

Let's get a group to go back too. That's always the problem, big groups going down, solo going back. We're rolling back to Miami on Sunday mid morning.
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:46 AM
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We'll be there... just not sure in which boat.
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:48 AM
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P.S. Still can't believe the detail in the paint (interior and exterior). Amazing job you two did!!!

P.S. Stay off the curbs in front of my house the next time you get a great idea to trailer it over to Jim's at 3 a.m.

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Sounds good. I spoke with Steve about it and he's down so I'm sure we'll have a nice little OSO condingent running out. I just asked Steve to lead the way since we haven't run out to the sand bar before.
The sand bar is easy... Just don't follow York (txspeedfreak)! LOL...
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Joe, we'll see you there. You're not bringing your boat???
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Sounds like there should be strong Cig showing for the Thursday run. We're in and looking forward to it.
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I have always wanted to do this run, we were thinking of trying it next year, what is the minimum size boat that could make it safely? Currently our boat is a 32 advantage, but hoping to upgrade by next year?
In 04 there was a guy in a 29 Scarab that dumped his g/f and kid on the pace boat because it was so rough coming back on Monday. But there was a group of 3 guys with a 27 Fountain that made the run both ways, wet, but safe.
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Jeff I saw that boat in Destin, very pretty. Have no fear we will make sure that you arrive safely and get everything you need.

No one gets left behind, especially an OSO member.
if anyone knows of anybody with room for 2 and a couple pieces of luggage please let me know. have a few if, come , maybe's but nothing definate.
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In 04 there was a guy in a 29 Scarab that dumped his g/f and kid on the pace boat because it was so rough coming back on Monday. But there was a group of 3 guys with a 27 Fountain that made the run both ways, wet, but safe.

Sounds like in the 32 it will be completely dependant on the conditions then. I wont have to wory about the kids, I wouldnt want to risk that, they are 6 and 4.
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