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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Ok, now we are talking. 43 feet is much easier to work with. How about this idea? A Freedom Cat Ketch! 41' Clearance. And in your budget.

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And here is a Cape Dory in NC.

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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Freedom 28 cat ketch fills the bill. There was one for sale in Florida, not sure if it is still available

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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Have a look at the Westerly Ketches like the Renown. In fact there was one for sale recently in Florida at an amazing price.

I think they come in at 43 feet.
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Freedom 28 cat ketch fills the bill. There was one for sale in Florida, not sure if it is still available
According to yachtworld there are 2 33' Freedom Cat Ketch boats in Florida right now for sale. 1 claims to have a new Yanmar at 39K. Who knows on boats until you see them in person though.
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We also took another look at info on our bridge. Apparently it is 43 feet...
And at what stage of the tide is that? You might get even a couple of more feet, if you're willing to time your passages under it to low tide.
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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

The IP 27 will fit under that bridge. I know a couple who spends every day of the sailing season in the Northeast on their IP 27. They love the boat. Big inside! The boat is well built,and shoal draft. And, can handle some rough weather. A perfect Bahama Momma!
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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

The Seaward 25 and newer Seaward 26 are made over in Stuart, Fl. for exactly the type of cruising you want to do down there and should be short enough for the bridge. Not as large as some of the boats already mentioned, but very roomy for their size.
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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Why let the bridge determine your choice???

85 foot mast under a 65 foot bridge:

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Aha. --- We also took another look at info on our bridge. Apparently it is 43 feet not 39 ---
Where is this bridge located?

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Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Ideal Bahamas and east coast boat ,,,,, Dockrell 27. On everyones list for small boats to take you around the world, and, shallow draft , 3 ft, shorter mast, full keep, strong hull, huge interior, very very well built, aft hung rudder. And under ten grand in the U.S.
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