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Florida to Barbados - How to?

Hi folks!

I've got a 32ft Jeanneau currently in Kingston Ontario and I am bringing her down to Barbados (where I currently work). I am having a real challenge finding ways to bring her down in an affordable and timely fashion... And no I will not sell her to buy something closer. I am looking for ideas. The current plan is to ship her down on her cradle all the way. Not cheap but will get done. I've looked at road transport to Florida but then the sail from Florida is a challenge and I cannot do it (no time, not enough experience and boat not fully equipped to go offshore). Any ideas?
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

Find a competent captain to sail the boat for you. Sailing from Florida to Caribbean is not exactly going off shore, but obviously the boat must be in a well maintained manner. A experienced captan will help you to get her ready.

It is doable. I don't see much of the obstacles. Good luck.
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

She is in pretty goos shape, with a survey just this past June. Nonetheless she would need some prep work and some equipment. I understand its not a comfortable sail down so a delivery in this direction is not ideal.. I've got an experienced (and trusted) delivery Captain who could do it, but when I factor in all the costs associated with a delivery compared to shipping her down on her cradle, its not much different, unless I am missing something...
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

Trucking her from CAnada to fl or NC is the best. Get a few quotes for trucking to Beaufort, NC, Wilmington, and St Pierce, fl. Make your decision based what the best for your money is. And then get a captain to sail her to Barbados for you.
This may be your best bet and less headache.
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I'll look into it. Thanks!
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Ooops, Pocket resent monster at work.
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

For a 32 foot boat the cost will really be a high percentage of the value of the boat. But you seem to understand that.

As it might be difficult to find a delivery captain to take a 32 footer up wind and up current you may be forced to put it on a ship.

It's a little like many people who demand to take their pets to Australia, no matter the cost.... But when they find the cost is 50% of the annual budget....

Conversely, once there you will enjoy sailing the Caribbean.
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

Have it shipped IMO. I would spend the time at Patricia"s rum shack on Rockley beach until the freighter arrives with a trip to Bert's to watch a hockey game...when they start playing again.
You are a lucky guy to be living there? You hiring?
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

At 32' OAL you may have the option of pulling the rig, putting the boat in a standard 40' cargo container, and shipping it down as regular cargo. Obviously you'd have to block and secure the boat in the cargo cube, but that's "just" carpentry. The boat stays secured in the closed container, doesn't need any special handling, the hardest part is pushing it into the box.

I know someone who shipped a Pearson that way some years ago. No tampering, no unloading all the goodies, just crated the whole thing up and sent it halfway around the world.
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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?

Thanks guys!

This pretty much confirms it. Nobody ever said boat ownership is rational. Rational people sail on other people's boats..... .I looked into containers as well but she is too wide and too tall (10.5 ft wide and keel to top of cabin about 3.4' m - she draws 5 ft 9 )... No hockey at Bert's these days but tonight is the Grey Cup (100th Year!) so will be at Bert's for sure...- thats Canadian Football's final...
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