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Old 11-02-2007
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Deep...nothing wrong with a 30 foot boat for the Bahamas and Florida and particularly in the keys...a shoal draft will be a big advantage and allow you to cruise inside rather than in the Hawk channel exclusively. As far as Gulf Stream prep goes...my biggest advice will be to have your engine surveyed by a diesel mechanic and with him present on sea trial before you lay your money down. Then spend a bit to clean out the fuel tanks and add a good racor filter. If you are going to be doing extended time cruising at anchor...pay particular attention to where you will put all the battery capacity you need and how much water tankage the boats you are looking at have. Good luck!
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