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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

With a water draft of 7.55' on your Bene 50 you may be limited to where you can anchor/dock in the Bahamas.
http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3153
With that said, keep me in mind if you decide to sail down.
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

I'm with smurphny on this one. You might be able to make the trip in 3 or 4 overnights, resting between if the weather is bad (anything southerly). Check the pilot charts for the wind this time of year. At the very worst, you might have to leave her until you get a long weekend, but there are plenty of safe marinas along the coast.
I've used several of the free crewing sites with great success. There are always plenty of young folks with some experience needing sea time for licensing or whatever. Be certain to take only Americans, as taking a crew of any other nationality can possibly leave you on the hook for the cost of their repatriation.
You might get really lucky and find someone on these sites you would be comfortable with (after sailing with them for a few days) finishing the trip w/o you, should time send you back, in exchange for living aboard in Fla, until they find another boat going somewhere.
Or even find a professional captain with all his gear, needing to get to Fla (where there's more work) for a modest sum (saving him transportation costs), again living aboard until another position becomes available.
Hope this helps get your boat south; good luck.
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

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With a water draft of 7.55' on your Bene 50 you may be limited to where you can anchor/dock in the Bahamas.
BENETEAU 50 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
With that said, keep me in mind if you decide to sail down.
6 foot draft. (It's published as 5'11" and we currently float above her lines, so 5'9" in reality.)

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...Or even find a professional captain with all his gear, needing to get to Fla (where there's more work) for a modest sum (saving him transportation costs), again living aboard until another position becomes available.
Hope this helps get your boat south; good luck.
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

OK, i'm game. Pay for plane ticket back to NY, throw in food and water, some drinks at the end of the journey and i'm in.
Are you going to try and make it in one shot?
What's your destination in florida?
Do you realize how long a trip outside this could be?
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

And where do you plan on leaving this vessel for the winter? Don't you think where ever it is that it will cost real money? If you can't afford to charter, I fear you can't afford to leave the boat in either South Florida or the Bahamas.

I have made the trip from Sag Harbor or Newport to South Florida numerous times. If you have a schedule you will be tempted to make decisions based on your timing needs, not on prudent seamanship. And even if the weather cooperates, you'd be pushing it. I have a smaller (and therefore slower) boat at 35'. In my most recent trip south, I made Newport to Beaufort in 4 1/2 days and Beaufort to Miami in 5 days.

Your constraints make me feel that this is an idea that need some very serious thought before acting. As presented, it doesn't sound like a very wise plan.
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

Find a delivery skipper that may agree to take her down and back in exchange for living aboard and using her all winter other than those couple of holiday weeks. You will pay in wear and tear, however.
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

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And where do you plan on leaving this vessel for the winter? Don't you think where ever it is that it will cost real money? If you can't afford to charter, I fear you can't afford to leave the boat in either South Florida or the Bahamas.
I figure the east coast of Florida will be about the same cost as having her on the hard near New York city.

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I have made the trip from Sag Harbor or Newport to South Florida numerous times. If you have a schedule you will be tempted to make decisions based on your timing needs, not on prudent seamanship. And even if the weather cooperates, you'd be pushing it. I have a smaller (and therefore slower) boat at 35'. In my most recent trip south, I made Newport to Beaufort in 4 1/2 days and Beaufort to Miami in 5 days.

Your constraints make me feel that this is an idea that need some very serious thought before acting. As presented, it doesn't sound like a very wise plan.
Agreed. That's is why I'm asking the question. I could take a week off, giving me 9 straight days, even 10. But they may not be the "right" days given weather. I'd rather not put myself in calendar-driven decision mode.

For Newport to Beaufort, how did you make that trip so quickly?

With a 9 day window I could more easily find 5 good days to at least get to Beaufort. Especially because I would try to not lock-in the time off until a few days before, giving me several weeks of options.

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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

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And where do you plan on leaving this vessel for the winter? Don't you think where ever it is that it will cost real money? If you can't afford to charter, I fear you can't afford to leave the boat in either South Florida or the Bahamas.
EXACTLY...

As we say here in NJ, Fuggeddaboudditt... If you can't find the time to do it yourself in one shot, your costs will add up VERY quickly. Trying to get a boat south in 'steps', taking long weekends or whatever, can become one of the most costly ways to make the trip. Flying to and from places like Charleston or Jacksonville can be incredibly costly and time consuming, as is leaving your boat in marinas during the interim, such is definitely NOT a strategy for getting a boat south on the cheap...

And, for what? 16 DAYS around Christmas??? Hell, that time of the year, it's entirely possible to wait for 2 weeks for a window to cross the Stream to the Bahamas... Unless you're gonna find a LOT more time over the course of the winter to spend down there, I can't see how this would make any sense whatsoever...

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Your constraints make me feel that this is an idea that need some very serious thought before acting. As presented, it doesn't sound like a very wise plan.
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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

Just as an aside, she was built in France, but has the Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws to operate in coast-wise trade. That was a gift from the previous owner.

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Re: How to get my boat to Florida without breaking the bank

I feel your pain Brad.

I plan on being in the Rio Dulce for Christmas and the best I have been able to come up with so far is a trip to a marina and renting a panga.

Most any professional skipper will require that you have a liferaft on board.
They cost some significant percentage of what a charter costs.
I don't remember if you have one or not. If you do have one they have to be repacked and serviced every couple of years or so.

There are a lot of those guys that are regulars on this forum so they will chime in with their gear requirements.
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