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What 50 to 60 Fly would be suitable for the Caribbean

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Cannook, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    Tell me about it. On many MY's just 100 extra gallons would make a world of difference. I ran a 2018 62' Princess MY from the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale......brought 270 gallons in drums......but did the slow chug for many days or nights of that trip. I do a lot of long MY deliveries and have to bring drums to do the 350NM from Key West to Cancun or 400NM from Roatan to San Andres......
  2. Scott Felstad

    Scott Felstad New Member

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    Amazing experiences here. Still looking for that 50 Flybridge that really holds up. Hesitant to get involved with another real headache like my previous Sea Ray Sundancer. Really like the Absolute 50 Fly. Thank you everyone.
  3. German Yachting

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    Ever done anything to Belize? That place really doesn’t seem to be very yacht friendly with the one or two marinas in the south but all the activity up north.
  4. Capt J

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    Yeah. I lived there and ran a yacht there for 6 months in 2005. Our stops were San Pedro, Turneffe Island, and Glover's reef. You've got fuel in San Pedro but its gotten to shallow for sizeable yachts to get in there. Belize City has fuel and so does Placencia. However, Glover's reef is where everyone usually goes. I've been ALL OVER Belize.

    On deliveries I usually skip over it. The problem is customs IN and OUT of those countries takes so much time, that I usually skip over Belize and go straight to Roatan from Cancun.....it's 310 NM and I'd rather do a chug overnight and run the next morning sometimes.
  5. German Yachting

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    Yes the water depth there is very shallow and not a lot of good charts. I saw they had a marina in San Pedro but that looks to have gone up and away. Not sure where there is a diesel dock there now.
  6. Pascal

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    In the Bahamas fuel capacity is critical as many of the islands often run out of fuel or have pump / electrical issue. Arriving Anywhere in the Exumas with 20% capacity is way too risky

    then because some of the marinas are not very organized and sometimes consider reservations to be suggestions... you may have to spend a couple of days on the hook before you can fuel or dock. By that time your 20% is pretty much gone.

    As to the captain s endurance, it depends on the boat. If you have a lower helm (or an enclosed FB) and the boat is stabilized then long runs at hull speed is a good alternative to save fuel and double your range.

    Without guests we usually do most of the runs to and from the Exumas at hull speed and I often do 18 hour days. Frankly at the end I m not that tired, no more than if I had spend a day behind a desk and the evening Sitting on a couch watching TV