Cruising next week for first time in new boat!

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Richie89, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Richie89

    Richie89 Active Member

    533
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    450 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 480 Zeus
    Brought my new boat home last Nov. Have had a great summer with it at our new yacht club. Had many shake down small projects. Pretty much everything on boat is now like I want it. Heading out next week to final do some cruising. Our plan is to leave St Simons Island offshore to Fernandina Beach. From there, stay inside, maybe run up St Mary's River some, and make it down past Jacksonville to our final destination of St Augustine. Looking forward to spending some overnights on the boat!
     
  2. Georgia SeaDawg

    Georgia SeaDawg New Member

    613
    Apr 30, 2009
    Savannah, GA.
    270 Dauntless
    Twin 225 verado's
    Richie,
    i hope you have a blast! Enjoy and take plenty of pics. We want to take a trip from Savannah to St. Augustine soon.
     
  3. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Enjoy. Did that last January. Easy and fun trip. I put a night in at Fernandina and then just did a slow ICW cruise to St Augustine the next day.

    One thing. My insurance won't cover me if I cross the FL border between June 15 and Nov 15. I assume you have no such restriction.
     
  4. davidh82

    davidh82 Member

    205
    Sep 15, 2014
    Naples, FL
    Sundancer 240
    5.0 V8 / Bravo One
    Sounds like a great trip, enjoy!
     
  5. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    Boatless - ISO 2005-2007 42/44
    Boatless
    Have fun. And to think your boat came all the way from my backyard of Clarks Landing in Shady Side, MD where I purchased mine also...
     
  6. IslandTime

    IslandTime Member SILVER Sponsor

    96
    May 18, 2013
    USA
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Have a great Trip !
    i’m hope the journey is trouble free and sun filled.
    keep us posted on how your venture is performing - i am still looking at possibly moving into one .
     
  7. Richie89

    Richie89 Active Member

    533
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    450 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 480 Zeus
    yeah Mark, that was a long but memorable trip bringing it home! so glad i naively didn't listen to all the advice to have the boat shipped :D
    IslandTime, we still love the boat! big enough, but not too big, handles great running offshore, the 1'6" draft is awesome. i've gotten stuck in some skinny water and made it thru. love the outboards. now that i'm getting the feel for the differences in operating, docking is good. it is a beautiful boat that gets lots of attention everywhere i go.
    i've also loved the transition to 100% saltwater coastal boating. learning a ton, and getting more competent.
     
  8. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Sounds like a fun trip! How did you make out with the maneuverability in reverse? Did you figure out the "trick" for that boat?
     
  9. Richie89

    Richie89 Active Member

    533
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    450 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 480 Zeus
    do know anything about a trick, please clue me in.
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Maybe I'm not remembering correctly, or it was someone else with whom we discussed this? Doesn't matter, either way. If I recall, you had mentioned in an earlier post that reversing was tougher with this boat than you were used to? One of things that is (obviously) different is that you don't have Bravo III drives back there, anymore. That one... it is what it is, until a counter-rotating lower unit is designed for the Verado's, anyway!!!

    The other part of this (although I'm not sure if your boat is affected by this or not) could be similar to what I experienced with a new-to-me Grady that has the outboard mounted on a bracket. When I first got this particular boat, I was taken back by the lack of reverse maneuverability. It's not that I haven't operated hard-to-reverse-boats (like an inboard Mastercraft), but this one threw me for a bit of loop as I wasn't expecting it. It turns out that the prop wash is blasting into the transom, effectively voiding some of the ability to turn the boat in reverse. I found that if I trimmed the engines up, it would allow the propwash to go under transom and things improved. It still isn't as great as having a B3, but it definitely improved. I don't know if this is the case with the Venture and whether or not trimming would help, but it might be worth a shot. For me, I trimmed up the beginning of the tilt range.
     
  11. Richie89

    Richie89 Active Member

    533
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    450 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 480 Zeus
    thanks! i have tried trimming up and it didn't effect much on my boat. also, i'm pretty sure i do have counter rotating props. the part i had to get used to, partly because of outboards and probably mostly because of coastal boating was just using much more throttle docking. in my lake boating, it was always idle speed around docks. not anymore. with all the wind and current, plus the outboard need for more rpm's, i come in and go out under power. i used to be worried about having no wake at all, and now that is pretty far down the priority list for me and everyone else in my yacht club. on exit, i'm hard out, getting the boat crabbed quickly then settling in leaving. on entry, i'm getting in my slip under a fair amount of power then backing down fairly hard and trying to keep the boat hard to starboard until tied down. i almost always have a strong easterly wind pushing me away from the dock. i'm starting to get the hang of it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2015
  12. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I should have been more specific about the "counter rotating" comment - what I meant was in regards to the Bravo III drive with the two props on one shaft (that counter rotates). Those B3's kinda make us spoiled when going back to a single prop. That would, however, explain your comment about having to use more throttle now than you're used to. Of course, wind/current/etc certainly adds to the challenge! I haven't run a Venture yet so I'm out of "suggestions" - and admittedly that one was a long shot, but I suppose worth a try. I think most boats hold certain challenges when dealing with low speed maneuverability and it usually just takes a little time to figure out, which it seems like you are doing. Nice boat name, by the way!
     
  13. 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.
    Richie, you two go out and have just one heck of a lot of fun. Just remember us po' boys stuck up here in the PNW who don't get to see that beautiful scenery from down thar in the SE.
     

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