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9 Hours Ago 02:26 PM
Mor22
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

For some reason when I originally posted this my computer didn't advise me when replies came in so I missed a lot of responses. But ironically the marina I was supposed to be at seasonally became very full with liveaboards so we had to re-locate anyway. A Pearson 31-2 I wing keel in nice shape came up for sale locallyand we grabbed her, thoroughly enjoying coastal cruising in Florida for the past winter. Her 47 foot mast is just fine for the area, including the ICW and her 3ft 11 draft works well everywhere here.

Thanks all.
1 Week Ago 10:02 PM
Gary M
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

If you are only going out under the bridge once a year, why not take the mast down and eliminate this requirement? If you can find a mast hoist on both sides of the bridge it is a simple job to lower it and then re-step it.
1 Week Ago 06:07 PM
Group9
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

At least you are thinking about it. We didn't. And, ended up with a 62 foot air draft.
1 Week Ago 03:03 PM
sazaisan I also am having a similar problem. The only way into the marina I will slip my boat at is limited by a 42/43 ft bridge clearance. When trying to determine mast height it is important to measure mast height from the design water line (DWL) and not just the mast itself. I would recommend you consider a Beneteau 281 Oceanis (has wheel steering) or a Catalina 28 ft MKIl.
1 Week Ago 02:11 PM
Fletcherguitar
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Ideal Bahamas and east coast boat ,,,,, Dockrell 27. On everyones list for small boats to take you around the world, and, shallow draft , 3 ft, shorter mast, full keep, strong hull, huge interior, very very well built, aft hung rudder. And under ten grand in the U.S.
09-13-2013 04:08 PM
FSMike
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

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Aha. --- We also took another look at info on our bridge. Apparently it is 43 feet not 39 ---
Where is this bridge located?
09-13-2013 10:08 AM
RonRelyea
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Why let the bridge determine your choice???

85 foot mast under a 65 foot bridge:

09-12-2013 09:40 PM
sesmith
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

The Seaward 25 and newer Seaward 26 are made over in Stuart, Fl. for exactly the type of cruising you want to do down there and should be short enough for the bridge. Not as large as some of the boats already mentioned, but very roomy for their size.
09-12-2013 03:30 PM
TJC45
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

The IP 27 will fit under that bridge. I know a couple who spends every day of the sailing season in the Northeast on their IP 27. They love the boat. Big inside! The boat is well built,and shoal draft. And, can handle some rough weather. A perfect Bahama Momma!
09-12-2013 12:59 PM
denverd0n
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

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We also took another look at info on our bridge. Apparently it is 43 feet...
And at what stage of the tide is that? You might get even a couple of more feet, if you're willing to time your passages under it to low tide.
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