Cruising the Caribbean best boat for our needs

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by barley998877, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    Hello all

    My wife and I have recently sold our home ( and pretty well everything else) and are planning on moving to the Caribbean. We love doing 3-5 day excursions and are trying to find the right fit for us. I have been looking at 320 SD between 04-07. We haven't decided where we may settle but in the meantime getting the boat plan together would help be one of the steps. We are starting in Dominican Republic in May, one of several of our research trips already. It would be only 2 of us but room, size and safety on open water is the most important factor. My thoughts are with only a 3'7" max draft it would be a good boat for our personal needs, snorkelling, diving etc... Price range 70-80k for a clean one. Leaving Miami and making our way through Bahamas and south would be the original plan. Any thoughts, ideas on what may be a great boat for us would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    Assuming you mean a 320 Sundancer when you say 320 SD I would caution that it it not designed as an open water ocean boat. You can certainly do some overnight excursions and cruising when you have a clear weather window but a 320 DA is not meant for the continuous heavy seas you will encounter in the ocean when you into foul weather.
     
  3. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    537
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    I agree. I've been in some really crappy stuff crossing the Gulf Stream and even with 45' and 30,000 lbs under me I wanted a bigger boat.

    Buy a trawler and have the time of your life.




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  4. tdgard

    tdgard Member

    342
    Jun 4, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    05-270 Sundeck
    496 w/Bravo III
    A trawler is also the way I'd go. Why live in a cave on a boat not designed for the weather when you could enjoy the view on one that is?
     
  5. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    320 fine for abaco - eluthra, exuma and nassau if your really adveturous.......not sure it has the range (or hull) for safe crossings to turks, pr, dominica or the caymans.....if you dont want a trawler and dont sail, try a powercat (like an Aquilla) two small diesels, great manuverability, shoal draft....on the other hand, oly parker has taken several small outbaard powered boats from michigan! to grand cayman.......and he did it prior to gps!
     
  6. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    I don't think you said it would be a live-aboard, correct? I assume you'll have land based accommodations and do 3-5 day boat trips? On a 320DA that would be fun. If living aboard it then there's no way I'd go that direction. For a live-aboard I'd go trawler and enjoy the view, sea worthiness and fuel economy.
     
  7. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We used to go to the Caribbean on all inclusive week holidays for 10 years when we were working. The waves are big. One storm came in and took out all the palm trees on the beach and pushed sand drifts 3 feet high. I would not run my 38 footer there. We know people with a 52 foot Viking it did well in the Caribbean. Fuel will be a problem for you as you will need a good range. The day fishing boats seem to be 32 footer or so but they run out and back to the same island. Look at trawler forums and see what they say.
    Would be nice place to boat in calm weather. You can rent boats there. You may want to rent a few to see what you like. AC is a must so you will need a good generator and AC system. Our gas generator burns 1 GPH. Friends with diesel boats burn less with their generators. We have friends who rent sail boats there and they sleep on their deck some nights to get cool.
     
  8. Island Time Buffalo

    Island Time Buffalo Member

    172
    Aug 19, 2014
    Grand Island, NY
    380 Sundancer 1999.
    7.4 Horizons
    Not only is it too small, in a 32 DA you won't have nearly enough range. I'm not an expert on the subject, but I'm pretty sure you have at least one 200+ mile leg, maybe more, between fuel stops. Between the Bahams and Turks & Caicos I believe is one.
     
  9. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    377
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    As mentioned is this for live aboard or to put in a Marina where you settle in a land based house/condo?

    Even land based a small Sea Ray is probably not the best boat for the "carribean". As mentioned, long ways between some islands with big open exposed passages.
     
  10. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member

    501
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    I have a 320 with inboards, 200 total gallons, and I can only get 160 miles max (might have an issue with fuel consumption, getting maintenance done in April, will have mechanic check it out, but I think this is typical). Sterndrives will get 200 miles, probably. I would only probably try to go 120 miles just to be extra safe, although, going at just above idle, I get 1.2 mpg.
    Eventually, I want a 300+ mile range, and a trawler/power cat/sail cat, is extremely enticing.


    Brown Eyed Girl - 2007 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, 350 MAG MPI V-drive
     
  11. kiloil

    kiloil Member

    191
    Sep 15, 2013
    Tallahassee, Florida
    2015 25' SLX 8.2L-SOLD
    BOATLESS
    The OP brings up a good subject. What boat outside a trawler would work for his needs?
     
  12. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    Hello All
    Thanks for your replies, wrote a long extensive one but disappeared int cyber space. We don't want a trawler and as mentioned 3-5 day adventures. The crossing from Turks to DR is 65NM from what I see. Making our way down, then taking the jump on best weather day would be our only thought. Once there we would be land based in the DR and boat would be for short excursions. Has anyone here made the pass as 65nm doesn't spook me just questioning the waters. Best time of year for passage, morning best as have seen but please share all info. Cheers
    Brad
     
  13. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    Hey Tod that sounds reasonable. Nice looking boat you have. I don't sail, no interest, powerboat all the way. Yeah my understanding was the 320 has a 200nm range but..... yeah put all the variables in and I would go half 100 so 65 is easy. I have seen the quick weather changes flying out of Panama inner larger helicopter and respect the weather. A combination of nasty seas and bad weather would have us on youtube with a coastguard rescue in no time. Planning is key and I think that if the swells are less than 6ft these boats would be fine for a crossing. Anyone please spike up with some advice.
    B
     
  14. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    Bump
    There has to be something out there :smt038
     
  15. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    Not living aboard, no way just excursions. We have settling plans on shore, just want a reliable baby to go when we are ready, Starting to think powercat but damn they are pricey!!
     
  16. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    BTW this 270 Sundeck is for sale, beautiful boat, crazy RF stereo W subs, all led lit ,factory tower,loaded amazing boat . 120hrs only
     
  17. barley998877

    barley998877 New Member

    21
    May 6, 2015
    Okanagan Valley
    Sea Ray 2005 Sundeck 270, tower, extended bimini, black, led's, inverter, margarita machine, bbq, Ro
    6.2 Mercruiser. BravoIII
    Yeah the Aquilla looks great but very pricey!! I would welcome something older in a power cat but haven't seen anything for us , You??
     
  18. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    He needs something like a Silverton with Diesels for what hes explaining. 38 ft range and has some speed. No sleeping in the basement..I don't think he'll find a nice one in his range though.( example)
    silverton.jpg
     
  19. mquiet

    mquiet Member

    981
    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    I used to own a 340 and did a run from southern Maine to New Hampshire. 6 foot seas with a long interval and that was hard. Can it be done...yes. I would be looking into something a little heavier or have it shipped over.


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  20. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    We make the crossing from central Florida about 6 times a year. From here it's right at 130 miles to West End Great Abaco and about 86 miles from West Palm. From the Miami area to Bimini is 46 miles.
    Crossing a smaller boat over is planning and timing only. Best to go with others with single engine boats. Also best to go with others for a first time over.
    As far as island hopping between Exuma/Eleuthera up through the Abaco I wouldn't hesitate even with a center console 26 footer. The jump from Hole In The Wall to North Eleuthera is 35 miles however.
    Knowledge, preparation, and reliable hardware is key to these waters.
     

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