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Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

Actually I found two boats I would like to get. The issue is how to get them back to Galveston TX. Both are 42', one is in Tampa FL, the other is Panama City FL.

So the obvious answers are ship it, and sail it. What I don't know is if I sailed it what would be the best route and how long would that take? I made a passage from here to St. Pete and it took 7 days, I just don't know what the route would be to get back from there.

Any suggestions?

I figure the best route from Panama City would be the ICW.
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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

Shipping presents enough opportunities for damage. Loading, unloading, both should be attended. Then there's whatever can happen in between if everything hasn't been secured quite right.

Personally I'd try to arrange to keep it in the water for a month or longer, as needed. Take a long weekend or a week, take the boat out for a shakedown cruise after you've bought it, and make up the punch list for what it will need. Get it in shape for the delivery because there's almost always Something beyond what you find on a seatrial.

Then go back, if you can't take the time off all in one lump, and sail it home. Or pay a delivery skipper to bring it home. The cost maybe the same as trucking but you'll also find out if there's anything else that needs work. Or get a chance for a nice trip.
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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

+1 on SAILING it home.

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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

Sail it. I vote not hugging the coast. I find Alabama Mississippi and Louisiana wretched places. Can you make a straight shot across the gulf?
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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

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Sail it. I vote not hugging the coast. I find Alabama Mississippi and Louisiana wretched places. Can you make a straight shot across the gulf?
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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

We left Galveston last November. It was a great trip on the ICW. So much to see....so much wildlife. I'd be nervous on a Gulf crossing unless I was very confident in the boat. Lots of rigs out there, and plenty of big traffic too.

You will have to go outside from Panama City due to bridges. Day sail to Destin, and another to Pensacola. Then inside if you want to.

Our trip from Kemah to Panama City took 3 weeks, but we stayed in New Orleans for one week. So, basically it will take you two weeks if nothing slows you down.

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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

Always ship her on her own bottom, if that is a reasonable option. Over road is a real hassle, since everything must come off the deck and then be reinstalled. Just coordinating each end seems like a full time job.

Unless you personally have the time to go shake her down well prior to departure and have good crew to come along, I would suggest paying a delivery skipper to go get her. They will likely motor her most of, if not the entire way.

The idea of burning up one's available time to bring your new boat home is enticing, but can leave less to enjoy her, once she is back. Long deliveries can also be frustrating, as weather and mechanical delays are to be expected. Better that they cost you an extra few shore days for the crew than burn up even more personal time. I've known more than one that have had to abandon their boat in a marina along the route to get back to work and then pay to have the passage completed anyway.
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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

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Actually I found two boats I would like to get. The issue is how to get them back to Galveston TX. Both are 42', one is in Tampa FL, the other is Panama City FL.

So the obvious answers are ship it, and sail it. What I don't know is if I sailed it what would be the best route and how long would that take? I made a passage from here to St. Pete and it took 7 days, I just don't know what the route would be to get back from there.

Any suggestions?

I figure the best route from Panama City would be the ICW.
The construct of your first paragraph gives the impression that you wish to get both yachts ('...how to get them back to...") to Galveston. I assume, however, that you're actually consider one or the other, not both yes?

As for the yacht in Tampa, assuming it's in any reasonable shape, the trip from Tampa to Galveston isn't would not be that demanding, even at this time of year. From the mouth of the northwest Tampa Bay Channel to the mouth of the Galveston Bay Channel is only about 640 nm. With the winds that are prevailing at this time of year, that's a roughly, 4.5 to 5 day trip down the rhumb line. A crew of two, or better three, could do that pretty easily and for far less cost than coasting. The greatest danger to a yacht isn't the sea. It's that hard parts around the edges.

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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

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The construct of your first paragraph gives the impression that you wish to get both yachts ('...how to get them back to...") to Galveston. I assume, however, that you're actually consider one or the other, not both yes?

As for the yacht in Tampa, assuming it's in any reasonable shape, the trip from Tampa to Galveston isn't would not be that demanding, even at this time of year. From the mouth of the northwest Tampa Bay Channel to the mouth of the Galveston Bay Channel is only about 640 nm. With the winds that are prevailing at this time of year, that's a roughly, 4.5 to 5 day trip down the rhumb line. A crew of two, or better three, could do that pretty easily and for far less cost than coasting. The greatest danger to a yacht isn't the sea. It's that hard parts around the edges.

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Your right I only want one. I prefer the one in Tampa. Your reply is exactly what I was looking for. I made the passage from Galveston to St. Pete 10 years ago, with 3 other people and it was pretty good. I just wasn't sure what the route is back from there. I can get some sailing buddies from here to go so there would be at least 3 of us. Probably would leave mid October if everything can be setup. The initial survey looks good, rigging, sails, motor all in excellent shape, only thing missing I would like would be radar, and an autopilot and of course all the necessary spare parts.
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Re: Found a boat, but what is the best way to get her home?

I must be missing something, if suggesting the rhumb line was what you were looking for?

Further, aren't there thousands of oil rigs in the Gulf? The hard part is not only around the edges in that case.

Have a safe passage and congrats on the new boat.
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