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Old 04-20-2009, 10:28 PM
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It is great to be able to follow along with the trip. How fast can you go? I assume that the top speed of the boat is 100mph+, but do you actually travel at that speed? In the 4-6 foot waves, how fast can you go? Thanks for the pictures.
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Actually top speed of the boat is 76 MPH with it being diesel power. In 3 ft or less we can run low to mid 70's all day long but on a trip like this it's more about cruising in comfort and enjoying the trip rather than seeing how fast we can get there. We usually cruise at 55 to 60 MPH in anything up to 4 ft but on Thursday crossing to Bimini we were able to comfortably run 55 MPH in seas up to 7ft but we had the wind behind us and enjoyed the rollers in a following sea. We were not launching and had a very soft ride. Quite a different story as we started south to Georgetown. We had 20 knot winds out of the SE and we were getting slapped on the port quarter pretty good. There we were only running 45 MPH max. So, as you see it makes a difference which way the wind is blowing and how strong as well as if you are running across a Bank that is only 10 ft deep or in the Atlantic with thousands of ft of depth. Just about every day is different it seems. Sorry I got carried away and is soooo long!

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WOW! What a fantastic boating adventure!
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What a great trip! I was in St. Croix last week and couldnt stop thinking about how cool it would be to tool around in a powerboat. Are you leaving the boat in the water? Or is there somewhere to set it on stands?
While my boat can stay in the water for some time with no ill effects (Arneson drives etc) it is my plan to pull it out of the water when I get to T & C. There we will set it on stands while I fly out for a week and return. That will be a good chance to give the bottom and hardware a good cleaning. You can tell by looking at the pics of the boat on the beach at Allen Cay that there is no bathtub ring. Water here is so unbelievably crystal clear.

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Sounds like quite an experience. Keep having fun.

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Sounds like quite an experience. Keep having fun.

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Thanks John it's been great so far and I may see you soon. Hans Mark and Sean caught a flight back to Nassau to get Marks plane and fly back to Marco Island ahead of another approaching front. I am catching a flight to Lauderdale at 4:45 PM where I left car and will drive to Marco this evening.
Will return when the winds lay down.
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Awesome! Don't forget the SPF!
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Bob, Glad its been a great experience for you.

Looking foward to hearing more stories here on on a future fun run.

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Thanks for the speed info Bob, that gives me a much better understanding.
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I am back in Ontario now and will return to continue the trip by early next week I hope. Weather provided of coarse.

I have a lot of great pics I am wanting to share but it will be tomorrow before I can post them.

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Bob this is Frank and Sandra. We're at Tim's following your adventure. What an experience...great pictures too.

We'll continue to watch when you return heading for T & C The diving and snorkling is great there.
Being back in Ontario isnt the greatest for weather right now!
Hope to see you this summer at the Lodge for the wedding.
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