Around the world in my 290!!

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by JimmyDubai, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    I'm not kidding!!! It took me an hour to go round The World Island :wink: ....

    You don't really see much from the boat, I was maybe 100 meters from the rip-rap at 55 ft depth..... there is only one that has been built (a private club) and there is construction going on at the Scandinavian Island, I could see mature trees and other stuff; but it will take a few more years until this becomes a proper tourist attraction. But something is coming up really well..... the Dubai Canal; soon we will be able to cross the city by boat with plenty of restaurants and coffee shops on the side.

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  2. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    That project is crazy but amazing! I saw a television special on the building of Palm Island and others a few years back. I would be hard pressed to invest in an island made of sand pumped from the sea floor. I hope it works out for them...
     
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  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Jimmy, you live and boat in a VERY interesting area. That area has a lot to offer now and in a decade it will be spectacular.

    Thanks for sharing your circumnavigation with us!
     
  4. bark615

    bark615 New Member

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    Mar 7, 2016
    Miami
    2005 - Sundeck 240
    5.0L Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drives
    Thanks for that shot!! I was in AUH and DXB last year and had a good time, was wishing I had a chance to get on the water while there!
     
  5. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Well Bark, give me a shout next time you're here.... lots of places to visit and I am normally in town.
     
  6. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Yes, you have said it, amazing experience to live over here. Our Sheikh's vision is spectacular. His wishes are orders, all is built super fast and at high standards.
     
  7. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Ken, that was our first impression when we came here for the first time 15 years ago and The Palm was on paper.... but 15 years later it looks as solid as rock and holding $10 million dollar mansions. See some pics below.

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    This is Atlantis the hotel and water park located on the other end of The Palm

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    This is the monorail

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    This is "Quattroelle", the Sheikh's son's yacht

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    This is the view from my office (38th floor) facing The Palm

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    You are not actually allowed to sail between the fronds.... the reason behind this is privacy.... you don't want to pay millions for a mansion that will be disturbed by visitors in their boats...
     
  8. Strypes

    Strypes Member

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    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht

    Dinghy: Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    Very neat!

    Very Interesting!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  9. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

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    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    Very cool, thanks for the photos. What is the water temp? Do you have many areas where you can anchor for the day or night?
     
  10. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Water temp now is just perfect, maybe 80, but the tough times come from June to Sep where it is HOT. People normally anchor near the trunk of the palm or they go to Abu-Dhabi where there are great island and mangroves to anchor , fish, BBQ, etc. There is another island 35 miles away from shore called Half Moon ( because of its shape) but I am not sure if I want to go on my own (one engine only)
     
  11. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
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  12. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Great documentary, hadn't seen it. Sadly the banking crisis delayed the end result but I'm sure it will one day look as planned originally.
     
  13. TechDoc

    TechDoc Member

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    Jun 10, 2016
    San Diego
    2005 390 Motor Yacht
    Twin 480CE Diesel
    I love the U.A.E. My company has an office in the Dubai Business Bay, a few blocks from the Burj Khalifa, and right on the new city waterway that you mentioned. I visit at least twice a year and look forward to it every time.

    Here is a view of the waterway from the backside of my office.

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    Here is a view of the Burj Khalifa from the front lobby of my office.

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  14. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member SILVER Sponsor

    339
    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    :thumbsup:
     

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