I think that's just a recipie for disaster.
You bet, lots of flotsam out there.
We were offshore of the D.R. and happened to see a 2" hawser floating beside us. Followed that thing for a hundred yards and on the end was a triangle made from telephone poles What the hell was that, as we looked at each other. Could have sunk us.
Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston in some really rough seas
I've done a half dozen of those from KeyW to Chas, north and south. None have been easy.
One we call 'The trip through hell', struck by lightning, lost two anchors, broached the boat three times in a microburst, grounded on entry to Edisto and finally towed across a mud flat.
Winner, winner: chicken dinner. That's an great suggestion FB. Works all around.
Normally, it's just my wife and me on the boat. If we're doing a long passage, like Havana to Cozumel, we might take an additional crew member just to break up the watches. I know captains that set alarms and go to sleep at night, but I'm not one of them. I'm not going to claim I've never nodded off on watch, but otherwise I think that's just a recipie for disaster.
Handling the boat is no problem. We have a yacht controller system and big thrusters fore and aft. That allows operation of the boat from anywhere aboard, and even from the dock. I saw a 110' Hatteras single handed into a tight side-tie on the megadock in Charleston using the yacht controller. He'd just made a solo offshore non-stop from Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston in some really rough seas. Watching, and subsequently talking to, him convinced me that I had to have one.
Barefeet underwent a complete refit from June 2016 through November 2017. We're proud of the old tub, and made it into what we wanted.
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No problem H2. As you said, we tried. I took photos of all the stuff I'm not using, including the handles, bow light, wood transom plates (inside and out), complete steering unit (no wheel), Evinrude 30, controls, and some other stuff that was all removed from the DR. I'll get everything posted this weekend, along with the photos.
I know I keep saying this, but you guys are really great. Don't know that I've ever run into such a helpful, friendly, bunch of folks. Glad to be here, for sure.
Locomotion, it's a shame that Barefeet isn't nearly as maneuverable, quick, and espeially as fuel efficient as the FC is going to be. Did I mention fuel efficient? You know it's bad when you no longer gauge fuel economy in mpg, but rather gpm. That magic number, at slow cruise, is just over 4. Wringing it's neck, it goes up to 12.5. I don't do that often. Rides will be available in Key West late in the year, the Turks & Caicos in early 2020, and Cuba after that. Maybe Mexico by summer. Book early.
WELCOME B.F. , Nice work you are doing there... We had this No Paperwork topic before & I believe the Feather Craft member got a registration in about 30 minutes on the web...... I had not needed personally , but other collectors used the web site for State of Wisconsin. . Should be able to label it as built Feather Craft , maybe no Serial # is needed....? At one time it was $ 20 , even for out of state address, etc. ..... OLd motorcycle owners have used the State of Vermont for frame paperwork,, maybe a frame # is needed , but not sure... this again is for old items.. Let us know anything positive.
Don't worry about couldas, shouldas and wouldas…. your FC looks beautiful and you have done a fine job. Simply get a HIN assigned and proceed with the documentation.
I have highly polished, original patina and painted aluminum boats. Since you cruise in salt water, a painted finish is the correct choice for that environment. Carry on, Sir, and Welcome Aboard.