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Re: Back-up motors

BLASPHEMY!



Hire one of us to sail it down there for you. It should be cheaper, and less bad for the boat.

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Re: Back-up motors

Ambitious,

A couple of thoughts:

- Trucking the boat down's not gonna be cheap; if you can't afford the time to take it down yourself, either a volunteer crew or even a delivery captain may be well worth considering.
- Since it's been used "sparingly," a shake-down cruise of some sort is certainly in order before you take her off-shore. Things that aren't used/exercised tend to deteriorate and often fail when put to the test after an period of inactivity.
- If you do intend to invest in a new foresail, check out Bacon's in Annapolis for a decent used sail. Seems to me that buying a new sail right before you sell the boat is almost guaranteed to lose you money.
- If you do decide to truck her down, then make sure the folks recommissioning her at the Florida end know their business and do a very thorough job -- if they don't, you may find your entire vacation period next summer will be spent at or very near the dock.

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Re: Back-up motors

Trucking the boat isn't a final decision, but regardless cost is not a huge issue. I was thinking a trip from Deale to Ocean City would be a good little trial run for us sometime in April of next year. I suppose if the boats already in the water at that point it seems a little silly to pull it and drive it down by truck. Do you know where I could find a reliable delivery captain?

Quantell is currently dry docked at HHN, but she spends her summers at the Baltimore Marine Center.
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Re: Back-up motors

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Trucking the boat isn't a final decision, but regardless cost is not a huge issue. I was thinking a trip from Deale to Ocean City would be a good little trial run for us sometime in April of next year. I suppose if the boats already in the water at that point it seems a little silly to pull it and drive it down by truck. Do you know where I could find a reliable delivery captain?
Can't say that I'm not a little envious of your finances -- but goodonya that you have fewer worries than most of us around here .

I wish I could give you a solid lead on a delivery captain, but since I've never been in a position to use one I'm kind of at a loss. There are almost certainly other folks here that can point you in the right direction.

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Quantell is currently dry docked at HHN, but she spends her summers at the Baltimore Marine Center.
I'll try and hunt her down later in the week next time I'm there.
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Re: Back-up motors

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btw this is not a charter, we've had the boat in the Chesapeake for about 10 years but use it sparingly, it is getting driven down to Florida in the spring, going out to sea for a few weeks and then most likely being put up for sale when it returns to port in Florida.
Going out to sea for a few weeks from Florida... what area are you exactly intending to 'cruise'? Seems that a 'few weeks' won't get you very far (and back) and presumably Cuba is not part of that plan...

Very different Island hopping in the Antilles, for example, vs Florida to the BVIs and back...
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Florida- bahamas- turks- dominican- jamaica- then back to florida
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Keep the main up and motor sail if there is not much wind. Your sails are your backup!
I always thought it was the other way around =D
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