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Old 06-30-2008, 09:11 PM
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Wow, Bob- hope you are all back in one piece and in working order real soon. I gotta hand it to you- you don't do ANYTHING half way!

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When we saw it would be a few days or more before the weather would allow our return trip to Key West, a decision was made to fly back to the US. Four of us flew to Florida and Kevin purchased air tickets to get him back to LA. He bought Cancun – Mexico City – LA, non refundable. Kevin brought a birth certificate only, which was fine if he was travelling by boat, which of coarse was the plan. They allowed him to board the Cancun to Mexico City portion of the flight but with no passport, he could not board his flight to LA. He then asks “ Well just how do I get back to the US then? “ The answer was – purchase a new ticket to Tijuana and walk across the border. So Kevin does that, walks out the Tijuana airport, jumps in a taxi only to be told that the taxi’s are not allowed within one mile of the border checkpoint. Kevin walks that mile, suitcase and laptop computer in hand, at 1:30 in the morning. Don’t know about you, but that sounds scarier to me than crossing the Yucatan Straits ! He had a ride there waiting for him and arrived home safely at 3:30 AM.
Way to go Kevin !!
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Bob -Hope you are doing better! Prayers are with you.

Wow wild story for Kevin. I dont know to amny folks that would do that.

Did Terry post any vids?

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Bob -Hope you are doing better! Prayers are with you.

Wow wild story for Kevin. I dont know to amny folks that would do that.

Did Terry post any vids?

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Hey, thanks Dennis. I am doing well enuff that I will be on Lake Ontario out of Toronto tomorrow afternoon and Lake Erie next weekend. My arm is still in a sling for 2 weeks yet, then start physio. I have lots of help and will get by for now.

Team PREDATOR is on I-75 on its way north as we speak. Raymond from DoubleR Perf called me this afternoon and before he could tell me where she was I said - I know, she's in Knoxsville, TN. He had forgotten that I can find the boat anytime with a tracker I have on board. I will attach a pic of when it was at Nor Tech's Cape Coral fascility. Too cool. You can see old PREDATOR in the yard facing north to south at the top.

Terry has not posted any video that I know of but will check with him on Monday about that. Wouldn't mind seeing some video myself. Keep well.

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Fantastic, Bob! I can not wait to be a part of it. Anyway, thanks very much for your sharing!
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Fantastic, Bob! I can not wait to be a part of it. Anyway, thanks very much for your sharing!
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He, he. Yep, a bit late for sure. it's all history by now. I'm actually surprised that no one has taken a run at this since we did it. With a bit of luck, and the right equipment this record can easily be broken. With good weather the full distance there is an hour or more that can be shaved off our time.

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One of the big cats should go for it.
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One of the big cats should go for it.
I think the perfect set up would be our 50's w/ quad diesels.

Keep in mind it's 400 miles and nowhere to fill up along the way. Not too many ( maybe none??) big cats have that kind of range.
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I think the perfect set up would be our 50's w/ quad diesels.

Keep in mind it's 400 miles and nowhere to fill up along the way. Not too many ( maybe none??) big cats have that kind of range.
Someone dedicated or who actually wants to land in Mexico could do it I guess somewhat easily.

My rig holds 240 gallons I guess if one would get a set of 525's and have a couple 150 gallon bladders made for the sponsons, it would be possible giving you something around 540 gallons thus about 400 miles of range 525's could avg around 90-95mph weather permitting. My fuel tanks are behind the cockpit so the sponsons are completely empty leaving A LOT of space for bladders. I am actually thinking of getting some bladders in order to lower the center of gravity of the boat.

I would be more inclined on doing Miami-NY, Miami - Nassau - Miami or something like that if I would set up a boat for that kind of range.
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