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JFM posted 12-28-2001 01:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for JFM   Send Email to JFM  
Just got back from a trying trip! My son, brother and I went on a fishing trip to Bimini over Christmas. We started off having trouble with checking my son's medical equipment through the airport. The people were absolute morons about such matters. We finally made it to Ft. Lauderdale a little late. To our suprise our captain had his friend join us with a 50'Hatteras sport fisher along with his 43' Tiara. It was like another world. We set off Sat. a.m. and went to Bimini in some pretty rough seas. My son and I were on the Hatteras, what a boat! We made it to Bimini in about 3 hours and hung around, with some in and out trips to fish. On Christmas Day my son hooked a small White Marlin that he fought for about 20 minutes before he lost him. What a thrill! We came back to port Weds a.m. in heavy seas again. Then went through the drill at the airport again. The out come of the trip, I'll take a 25 year old Hatteras over a 3 year old Tiara any day! Regards, Jay P.S. I didn't have to fill the tanks!
Ed Stone posted 12-28-2001 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Sounds like a fun trip!Did you see any other
boats while crossing to Bimini?
I would guess you all were trolling when
you hooked up with the marlin.If so,what
type of lures were you draging?
Ed Stone
Dave Murray posted 12-29-2001 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dave Murray  Send Email to Dave Murray     
JLM: Great story- wish I was along for the trip...the Hatteras probably displaced two and a half times what the 43' did. I'll bet the engines were more than twice the size also. A surveyor named David Pascoe from Miami has done many comparisons on performance, durability, overall quality, and value on these older rigs, Hatteras and Bertrams- his findings were the same as yours...nice trip...Thanks..
JFM posted 12-29-2001 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Ed, we used "flash dancers" and "soft heads" trolling at about 6-8 knots. We also caught 2 small tuna and a dolphin.
Dave, the Hatteras had the biggest straight 8 Cats I ever saw. The skipper told us 750 HP each. She had a complete restoration after Hugo with brand new engines. At 3/4 RPM's she would hit about 35 knots. He told us flat out mid 40's . The weather wasn't good enough to run her open. But you could tell he wanted to. Regards, Jay
Highwater posted 12-29-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
The late-60's and early-70's Chris Craft Commanders were also built with extra-thick fiberglass and lots of mahogany and teak. We just re-powered our 47' with twin Cummins 450 Diesels, a new generator, new watermaker, new autopilot, etc. It also has a nice 11' Whaler as its dinghy. Alas, because of health reasons, we need to sell it.
Bigshot posted 12-31-2001 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Cheap bastard:)
JFM posted 12-31-2001 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Wait a minute Bigshot. I picked up the first mates tip. Also the skipper wanted to sell me the Hatteras. I told him I want right of first if the price is right. I hope to be on something like it in about 7 years. By then the kids will be through school. Regards, Jay
where2 posted 01-02-2002 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Having flown into Freeport with more surveying equipment than I care to discuss, I can attest that they really like to have a list of all your "cool stuff" so that you don't dump any of it while you're visiting the Bahamas. Then, when you go through US customs before boarding the return plane, the US wants documentation that says you brought the stuff from the US, which requires having visited a US Customs office, before having left the USA (funny nobody mentions this before you fly out of the USA). Otherwise, they have every right to charge you Duty on all your "cool stuff" in excess of the allowable limits. When you're talking about a $30k Survey Grade GPS reciever, having the US Customs guy tell you he could charge you duty on it because you don't have documentation on it is a BIG DEAL.

Now that I know what documentation to have, I can run through Customs both ways in half the time... It's still not like the checkout line in Wal-Mart though...

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