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07-23-2013 05:18 PM
TJC45
Re: sailing the Bahamas

Does size really matter? Hmm? Something goes wrong out there, how big is that life raft? Big enough to save your life!

Everytime someone says you need 30x or 40x feet minimum to be safe offshore every Flicka sailor in the world just rolls their eyes! Flicka's are 20 feet long and have a documented blue water pedigree.

The thing about these little boats is that they are built like brick outhouses. Not much is going to tear them to pieces. And therein is the point: It's not size that matters, but strength! The problem with coastal cruisers is that they are lightly built. They can't take days on end of pounding into big storm generated seas. The rig is the first to fail, if the hull deck joint doesn't go first. That's assuming the keel stays on. They are what they are. And what they are is plenty strong to sail to the Bahamas. If you have concerns, you can always pay to beef them up. Stronger rig, reinforced joints etc.

So, sailing to the Bahamas in a 27 footer IMO, not a problem. Just pick your weather and go for it!! Now wanna go for the BVI on a Hunter 25, we need to talk!
07-23-2013 04:39 PM
krisscross
Re: sailing the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by bratzcpa View Post
We crossed this year (May through July) in our Catalina 27 with a 9.9 outboard auxillary. We learned a LOT. I would be happy to chat with you some more about what we found if you're interested.
I'm definitely interested. I am planning a similar trip in a small boat as well (25-30 feet), but not a Catalina 27, more like Cape Dory 25D.
07-23-2013 03:50 PM
boknows
Re: sailing the Bahamas

Lol. I have the same attitude. My wife talked me out of doing on a hobie 16. She said something about meeting me there. I would love to talk with you about it. My number is 229-881-5090. Thanks
07-23-2013 01:58 PM
bratzcpa
Re: sailing the Bahamas

We crossed this year (May through July) in our Catalina 27 with a 9.9 outboard auxillary. We learned a LOT. I would be happy to chat with you some more about what we found if you're interested.

Overall, the trip is entirely "do-able" in a 27'. However, there are some serious limitations. Understand those, and you're fine.

Most notably is the impact of the weather and winds. There were many many days where we simply could not get to where we wanted to go. 20knots+ and right on the nose. Sure, you can tack and get anywhere . . . but not able to make longer crossings (e.g., Little Harbor to Spanish Wells) in a reasonable timeframe with the headwinds. The bigger boats just drop the sails and motor with their inboard diesels.

We spent the whole time in the Abacos. We did NOT see any (not even ONE) cruiser on a boat as small as our 27' in all of the anchorages and harbors that we visited.

We had an AWESOME trip and adventures of a lifetime.

Sure, she was small and had limitations . . . but the bottom line: WE WERE IN THE BAHAMAS WITH HER!!! How bad can that be???

~markb
07-23-2013 12:09 PM
boknows
Re: sailing the Bahamas

I thought it might be more safe to go in a group with several boats. Im up for a trip
07-19-2013 12:28 PM
sdwcheney
Re: sailing the Bahamas

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04-28-2012 12:19 PM
Harborless
Re: sailing the Bahamas

MY uncle sailed a Hobie 16' from WPB to Man-O-War in three days. Got overturned in the stream and lost most the provisions.
27' is more than enough. Just watch your wind direction.
04-28-2012 11:31 AM
FirstLightVeroBeach
sailing the Bahamas

We're hoping to leave next week from Lake Worth to West End on a 44 Gulfstar. Anyone know how crowded the anchorage at the inlet is? I understand Sun Fest is going on from Wed-Sun and wondered if the partying boats take over the anchorage. Would hate to leave Ft. Pierce and arrive at PB and there's "no room in the inn"
04-28-2012 08:42 AM
SVAuspicious
Re: sailing the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by souljour2000 View Post
I loved my 24-footer and would have little thought of going to bahamas with her if I could have...hoping to get there with my 40-footer...stocked to the gunwhales with water and food so I can afford the trip without spending buku bucks in the towns...
Food isn't too bad - it's paper goods that are mind-boggling. Pack lots of paper towels and toilet paper. *grin*
04-27-2012 11:45 PM
souljour2000
Re: sailing the Bahamas

I loved my 24-footer and would have little thought of going to bahamas with her if I could have...hoping to get there with my 40-footer...stocked to the gunwhales with water and food so I can afford the trip without spending buku bucks in the towns...

I simply have to see the Exumas....I am hoping for early fall at the latest...one way or another...it's nigh time for an adventure of great magnitude...life's too short to put it off anymore...but the bahamas is accessible to smaller boats depending on how long...With a 40-footer I am looking at 300 dollars or so just for a touring permit so I want to stay as long as that will buy me...before heading back to Florida...or Puerto Rico...lol
If your boat is under 35-feet I hear it is about half that for one of these touring permits or whatever......
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