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Old 04-18-2009, 04:10 AM   #1
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How's everybody doing? Looking for some advice on making a powerboat trip from Fl to St Kitts in June. Have an Idea on the route to take, but unsure if sea conditions are always pretty bad crossing from Caicos to Dominican republic and from DR to PR. Thanks for the advice.

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Old 04-18-2009, 09:38 AM   #2
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First off

1100 hundred odd Nautical Miles from say Miami to St Kitts (St Christopher) in June -- beginning or end of June?

Nice looking boat :-


How does she do on fuel consumption ? Knowing the range may assist in planning the fuel stops, assuming 270 nm cruising speed on a tank - it comes out at 4 fuel stops.

Which helps in adding data regarding best passage - taking into account the forecast sea condition.


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Old 04-18-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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If you can wait out the weather, you can usually find a window to make the passages between Turks & Caicos and the DR, and DR to Puerto Rico. The winds in June are starting to come out of the SE, and the biggest concern is Tropical Waves and Tropical Depressions which bring confused seas and gusty winds. Although early for hurricanes, keep an eye out for storms coming off the West coast of Africa, they're not unknown in June. Local weather reporting is often poor, so if you can find Wifi access to weather info, take advantage of it, especially in the Turks & Caicos.

Give a thought to going from Georgetown, Bahamas to Turks & Caicos, then Turks & Caicos to San Juan, Puerto Rico, bypassing the DR. You're then on the north coast of P.R., but if the winds are SE'ly rather than NE'ly, that won't be so bad.

Usually the most uncomfortable part of the crossing is the Anegada Passage, but we once crossed it in dead calm and had to motor all the way to St. Martin. That dead calm followed 10 days of really nasty weather when it wasn't even fun to take the dinghy ashore. Go figure.

How long do you plan to be in St. Kitts? As far as I know, the only reasonably safe hurricane hole is the lagoon in St. Martin, and I wouldn't consider it great in a Cat. 4 hurricane unless you could get into the mangroves or get hauled out and tied down on the hard.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:16 AM   #4
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Sorry for taking so long to get back, been really busy. Appreciate the responses. Yes we are taking our time to get there and have plenty of fuel stops. It's a long haul. I'm pretty much in the preliminary planning stage now. Looking to leave in the begining of june and maybe take 4 to 6 weeks depending on weather windows. We should be in St Kitts till Aug. They have a yard there with a large lift or a protected marina on the caribbean side.
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