Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Definately, Leave out of Angelfish creek in North Key Largo at midnight, you'll be in Bimini by lunch with good light to enter. I did that trip in '78 with my grand father and have done it a dozen times since in my Soverel 28. Go to the End Of The World Bar and get a Conch and Lobster Pizza for me!!! You can go anywhere in a Cal 9.2. Even if you don't think your skill's are up to it, the boat is. She'll let you know if your do'in something wrong. Just fiddle with lines and till she calms down. maintain a S.E. heading at 5 knots, E.Z. P.Z. Last time I went over that way was in a Beneteau 27, shoal draft. and the time before that was in a Sparkman/Stephens Columbia 29'. Some say you should'nt do it in a norther, but that's my favorite time to do it. They get steep and stacked, But you can keep 'em on your quarter and kind of surf over there, especially in a Cal! Check out Staniel Cay, Exumas. Awsome bar, great anchorage.
People cruising on bigger boat's, often have'nt done a lot of under 30' class big crossing's, or short ones for that matter. Once you get out there, I mean really out there, and the sea's pick up, and your reef'd down and the boat is handling every thing just fine, you realize how well these smaller boat's are designed.
You really feel a part of what's going on around you. Being on a larger cruiser in an enclosed cockpit or "oxygen tent" as I call them, staring at a computer screen with the autohelm humm'n away, that's a different experience all together. It seperates you from the elements a bit. A lot of these Gadgets have allowed people access to the sea, who would'nt otherwise be out there. 'Course I feel that way about engines, never mind how many people started crusing after G.P.S came out. Your Cal 9.2 is all the boat you'll ever need. Unfortunately I married a Girl who hates to heel over so I see a big Cat with an Oxygen tent and a computer screen in my future.
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 12-21-2011 at 08:42 AM.