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mancona posted 06-17-2002 11:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for mancona   Send Email to mancona  
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 06-23-2002 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
If your 15's on a large yacht, than OK!

Otherwise forget it!!!

I wouldnt cross WPB to WEST END unless I had other boats crossing and I have a color chartplotter, vhf, EPIRB and hold 92 GALLONS!! on a new 21' WHALER!!!

where2 posted 06-24-2002 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Theoretically, on a calm day with a flat ocean, you could make it on 18 gallons if you did some idling, and some 24mph planing. I've run 30 miles on one 6 gallon can doing a mixed bit of idling and moderate crusing in my 15 with 70Hp OMC.

HOWEVER: I wouldn't run my 15' to West End, nor would I suggest anyone else run my 15' to West End!! A plane ticket out of Ft. Laud. will cost you just over $200 round trip to and from Freeport. From Freeport, grab a taxi and you will have a more exciting ride than the whaler would have been on your trip to West End...

Palm Beach Inlet is an easy inlet, the question becomes whether you can make the 60 mile trip across the Gulfstream, which is NOT AN EASY TASK. I live in West Palm Beach, and I HATE listening to the Coast Guard advisories saying "A Vessel Bound for West End Has Been Reported Missing..." They are almost as disheartening as those for missing divers...

LiquidDiet posted 06-24-2002 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for LiquidDiet  Send Email to LiquidDiet     
you could cross in a 15'
but you need to leave on a flat calm day, before dawn and plan arriving to old Bahama Bay at daybreak to clear customs
you should get about 6mpg with the 15' and therefore should carry atleast 15 gallons of fuel to be safe, also take extra oil since it is like liquid gold over in the islands

ps i cross all the time in a 17' so a 15' isnt that much different

Draftmanswife posted 07-04-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
We managed to only burn 43 gallons from WPB all the way to Green Turtle Cay. A 150 Yamaha, fuel injected, (not a 4 stroke), on a 18'. We ran about 28-30rmp. I thought that was pretty great. And once you get to West End, plan on $3.25 or so for fuel. And Liquid is right about the oil...take some with you. Hotels are about $300.00 per night, so pick a calm day, so you don't get stuck there for very long. The outer islands are right around the corner (about 30 miles or so)with plenty of rustic adventures. Freeport is over-rated, so is Nassau, hit the Abaco's!
Traffic, Tom and I went with a compass and a vhf. When you get to the gulf stream, just hit the 118 or so out the inlet, and go for it! And where2, I got one for ya, some if the SC crew that crossed with us for the Rendezvous this year, were stopping in the middle of the stream, shutting off the engine, and jumping in the water to relieve themselves! I guess I forgot to mention the size of the sharks out there during the captains meeting!:)Ya'll take care,

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