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05-29-2013 05:14 AM
ardsranger
Re: Monohull What to do

IT sound like this trip is way beyond my skill / knowledge.
We are still researching what boat to get. We will most likely get fast boat.
Spend some time on Saint Johns river. Develop our skills learn boat well before any Adventure trips
bob
05-10-2013 02:02 AM
CalebD
Re: Monohull What to do

Another point to consider is if you intend on using the ICW, or Okeechobee Canal you don't really want a deep draft version of any boat. Cat 30 & 27 come in various configurations, as do most production boats in this size range.
Tall mast, deep keel versions tend to be better sailors but not if they are dragging their keel across the bottom.
Okeechobee Canal will take you through some real FL back country.
05-10-2013 01:07 AM
ardsranger
Re: Monohull What to do

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
By the way, Florida isn't that wide; boats can be trailored across at a reasonable fee. Or, if you are inclined to go by water, there is a canal that goes from Fort Myers to Okeechobee, and one from there to Stewart. Not the fastest trip, but it would probably be neat! I didn't check bridge clearances, but if you have a deck-stepped mast...
That trip Fort Myers to Okeechobee may be a blast to do once. I did not know about it, GREAT INFO here
05-09-2013 11:48 PM
jimgo
Monohull What to do

By the way, Florida isn't that wide; boats can be trailored across at a reasonable fee. Or, if you are inclined to go by water, there is a canal that goes from Fort Myers to Okeechobee, and one from there to Stewart. Not the fastest trip, but it would probably be neat! I didn't check bridge clearances, but if you have a deck-stepped mast...
05-09-2013 11:44 PM
rgscpat
Re: Monohull What to do

To each his or her own and "YMMV" (your sea miles may vary), but I would think that rigging and un-rigging a cruising-size boat before every sailing episode would get very old quite quickly.

Commercial marinas can be pricey, but are there any alternatives in your area, such as sailing or yacht clubs with mast-up storage lots or cheap moorings?
05-09-2013 11:36 PM
jimgo
Monohull What to do

Sounds like a good plan. Good luck with your search! If you have questions, you know how to find us.
05-09-2013 03:55 PM
ardsranger
Re: Monohull What to do

The Islander Boats is a lovely lady and Hunter28.5 is nice as well. I think we will try to find a 27 to 28 footer for now. Saves a boat load of money "bad pund".
I have been thinking about the previous reply of "IT" boat , or "For Now" and the points posted are to be considered.
We may rethink this for a "For Now" with the 27 to maybe 30. and save pennies for a 34+ for a one day "IT" boat.
I like the aspect of a boat like the Island i can get a very good return on moneys when she sells.
I will continue to research the 27 to 30 boats see what pops up i have time.
05-09-2013 10:22 AM
jimgo
Re: Monohull What to do

Here's an example of the Islander 28, and it's in Florida:
1977 Islander Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
05-09-2013 03:00 AM
ardsranger
Re: Monohull What to do

At moment my son loves the time with me, I have 27 year old daughter i understand what you are saying. But I do boy scouts with him, Teaching him Sax, We ride motocross together, fish, and We do Rock climbing..... I hope he does not change to OOOH dad thing and too cool for daddy, but Its not his personality at MOMENT.
Wife is ok with spending more maybe (up to 60k if she LOVED IT) , but a 30+ would be a nice boat, I don't ever see us doing more than the keys(you know how that goes). so for Now lets call it a "For NOW". Ill check out the boats you suggested.
I love the idea of a 30 foot racer for me. but mamma want a potty and bed.
05-09-2013 01:28 AM
jimgo
Re: Monohull What to do

Actually, another boat to consider is the Islander 28. They are reported to sail exceptionally well, and they are BEAUTIFUL inside (at least to my eye). The salon converts to a double on the starboard side and has a single on the other, though I suspect you could make an insert that would turn that into something about the size of a queen. There's a nice quarterberth, too, plus the traditional vee berth. They can also be had for very reasonable prices, and there's a shoal draft model that would be perfect if you decided to keep her for trips to the Keys. Even the Islander 30 wouldn't be bad, though they start to get more expensive.
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