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Old 07-26-2012
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Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Recently shipped Tayana Vancouver 42 from Texas to Olympia for $7200. Your boat would be a lot less than that because I don't think you will even be oversized. You might even get away with not having to use a semi, but a F350 or the like. Dont know.

I would not do that run in that boat. I had a very good friend that did hard calculations on his very serious cruiser (44 foot X... I can't remember now the make but a Tayana/Valiant type boat), to go from Vancouver BC to Ft Lauderdale. He came to the realization that it became cheaper to ship the boat at least for part of it. He figured the diesel, slippage, Panama fees, food, time, crew, and most importantly a realistic calculation on all the crap he would break.... it became cheaper to ship the boat. He sailed it to San DIego and shipped from there IIRC.

If it were me, I would ship the boat to Pensacola. From there, the runs around at least to the keys is pretty easy and fun. I have done it, incidentally. Use your time off to enjoy the trip. Lots of cool places there along the way. Stop in the Bahamas then make your run north.

THe exception to this advice is if you want to se all these islands and make a big adventure out of it. Still would not want to do it in that boat, but hey, its your decision.

Brian
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