CSR Northeast Flotilla 2017

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Alex F, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    655
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    Ron, we plan on staying in Cuttyhunk Mon and Tues but departing Wednesday am to meet up with the raft in Block. So we may miss the raft in CH.
     
  2. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    Yeah, unfortunately we're going to miss day 1 in Block due to some other scheduling. Please don't eat everything from the Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms boat before we get there! The cherry stones, chowder, and their stuffed quahogs. Yummm.
     
  3. suss1173

    suss1173 Member

    206
    Jul 11, 2013
    Sea Cliff, NY
    Pachanga 27 with twin 350's Alpha 1's and
    30 foot Dancer, 1994 with twin 350's Alpha 1 gen 2
    Twin 350 Mag's
    Thanks for the feedback Alex. We were leaning toward Champlain's. However the idea of being rafted at the marina when we have the kids and dog on the boat sounds less then ideal.

    I will call Chamllain's tomorrow to ask how much room they anticipate having and I will call the scooter rental places too and inquire about the options there too.

    Is anyone here planning on staying at Champlain's.
     
  4. cwiert

    cwiert Member SILVER Sponsor

    445
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    My status for next weekend at SI has been downgraded to questionable. Yesterday we were coming back from a day trip in Essex, CT and my stbd engine started to overheat. They usually are at 185* at cruise, and yesterday the stbd hit 195* at cruise (or just a tick below 200*). I haven't had a chance to look into it yet, but will dive into it tomorrow. Impellers are new as of April. I'm not sure what else it can be. I'll be posting a separate thread on CSR looking for suggestions. :( Hopefully I can get it straightened out because I really want to go.

    BTW, suss1173, if you want to be at a marina at Block, but don't want to be rafted with other boats, then Boat Basin is the only place to go. (It's the only place I would go if I didn't anchor out.)
     
  5. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    During previous flotilla's, how have folks handled generator usage? I raft up with folks for the day a lot, but rafting up for a few days is going to certainly require some meaningful generator time to keep the house bank happy. I'm sure if it's in the 80's some might want to hit the a/c at times too?

    When we're rafted up for the day, nobody runs the generator to avoid the exhaust smell and blower noise. We generally just kick on the generator if we need the blender to deal with an emergency need for Mudslides, otherwise I can keep the fridges and stereo happy with just the 2 battery Group 31 house bank. If I'm at Block from Thursday thru Sunday I'm going to have to run it for several hours each day probably. How have people handled that in the past?
     
  6. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    East Coast Florida
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    most people run for a couple of hours in the morning then again for a couple of hours in the evening.....this generally gives people a chance to cook, run the hot water heater, use the hairdrier and top up the batteries - the wind is generally consistent and the raft does not throw stern anchors so no worries on the fumes......i have never needed ac on block island.....the bigger boats that have ac only appliances may need to run the gen more often......not sure
     
  7. Alex F

    Alex F Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Ron,

    Mike's response covers the basic approach, which works quite often. With gas boats you have to be more cautious due to elevated CO level, compare to diesel boats. The wind and how the raft is positioned to the wind are the key factors. Depending on the size of the raft and what wind is doing, we may use stern anchors (we do it quite often).

    There were rare occasions when the wind was very light during evening hours and one or gas boats have triggered CO detectors in rafted next to them boats.

    In general, this has not been an issue. There are number of ways to solve this. So, we'll just play it by ear and make necessary adjustments as we go. As long as we're all being understanding and flexible, and work together, we'll be fine.
     
  8. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    Pam will take care of food next week, but I have started to "provision" key supplies for Block Island also:

    pussers-for-painkillers.jpg

    Think of it as a key first aid component if we need to kill any pain out there...
     
  9. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    655
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    Looking forward to the raft in Block! We had a nice run from Newport to Edgartown yesterday. The Vineyard is definitely a beautiful stop. It's too bad we didn't make it as a group last year. Ran through woods hole...can't say that time didn't stand still for a few minutes. Just a bit of a pucker factor the first time through with heavy boat traffic.
     
  10. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Member

    660
    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2005 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer, 2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    496 Mercruisers with Bravo IIIs, Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    That is a nice run from Newport and Woods hole will do that too you. I have run it hundreds of times and still find myself second guessing myself as I go through and take a look over at the chart. Enjoy Edgartown, it is a great spot.
     
  11. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    That's always an interesting run through Woods Hole. Living across Buzzards Bay from it, we do it frequently now to get to the Vineyard, but even with familiarity, I still try to go thru near slack tide, it's just a lot easier. Hadley's Harbor is a good place to hang out (on the Buzzards Bay side) if it's a bad tide when you get to the hole. You're right about the boat traffic, it seems like boats are converging from all directions to this one passage, and at least half have no concept of rules of the road. To go along with it, you have people out there in kayaks crossing the channel, and fishing boats hanging just outside the channel casting for striped bass in the white water.
     
  12. suss1173

    suss1173 Member

    206
    Jul 11, 2013
    Sea Cliff, NY
    Pachanga 27 with twin 350's Alpha 1's and
    30 foot Dancer, 1994 with twin 350's Alpha 1 gen 2
    Twin 350 Mag's
    BTW, suss1173, if you want to be at a marina at Block, but don't want to be rafted with other boats, then Boat Basin is the only place to go. (It's the only place I would go if I didn't anchor out.)[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the suggestion. I had some time to do some research today, and it seems Champlain's is going to be the best option for us while traveling with the kids.

    With some luck, they will put us stern to the floating dock and that will be much easier with the dog and kids. However they said they can't promis anything and it "first come first serve". So we'll keep our fingers crossed that we can be at the floating dock. If anyone else is planning to stay at Champlain's and would like to be rafted to us, please PM me so we can try to cordnate.

    What time of day is the group planning departing from Sag to Block?
     
  13. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Member

    660
    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2005 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer, 2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    496 Mercruisers with Bravo IIIs, Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Alex, did the bike trip plans get finalized? Is it going to be Friday or Saturday?
     
  14. Alex F

    Alex F Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Folks,

    Due to the approaching weather we're making alternative plans and skipping Westneck and Sag Harbor. I'll see you in Block.

    Jeremy,
    No, we haven't finalized the bike trip yet. It looks as people need more time to respond. We still have time, but it would be good to get this closed in the next few days.
     
  15. suss1173

    suss1173 Member

    206
    Jul 11, 2013
    Sea Cliff, NY
    Pachanga 27 with twin 350's Alpha 1's and
    30 foot Dancer, 1994 with twin 350's Alpha 1 gen 2
    Twin 350 Mag's
    Is anyone else planing to stay at Champlain's?

    Also, what are the groups plans for leavening Sag to Block. If I can time it right, I'd like to follow the group, as this is our first trip to block.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2017
  16. bmac

    bmac Active Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    Nice move up Russ. I'll look you up when you're in BI
     
  17. bmac

    bmac Active Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    Alex, are you going straight from home to BI? We've been at MYC since Friday and am heading to BIBB Thursday after fueling up. We will dinghy out to see you guys or stop by if you come in to the Oar. Safe travels.
     
  18. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    We'll be heading to Cuttyhunk tomorrow morning, and then BI on Thursday morning. I know a lot of plans were in flux. Is anyone else planning on running from Cutty to BI Thursday? We'll be in a slip at Cutty Wednesday night according to the Admiral. Look for the Soggy Dollar pirate flag and you'll find us ;)
    See everyone else in the raft at BI Thursday.
     
  19. Jgren

    Jgren Member

    35
    Apr 27, 2016
    Plymouth
    2001 290 Amberjack
    Merc 5.7 EFI's
    Unfortunately we are out as of now. Starboard motor decided it didn't want to start when i went to fuel up and get ready for tomorrows trip. Hope we get this resolved and can head to block. What i know is, the motor is a 2001 mercruiser 5.7efi. I can see the injectors are not sending fuel to the throttlebody when im attemting to start the motor. Its def a fuel issue. Anyone go down this road?
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017
  20. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    655
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    Swinging on a mooring now in Cuttyhunk. Shredded a brand new impeller that was new this season on the genny. Swapped out my spare and shredded that as well. It sure why but I think it bound up on startup.Fortunately I still had last seasons so back up and running. Hope to find a new spare in Block. What time is everyone arriving tomorrow?

    Ron, sorry but the raw bar ran out..lol
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