Dry Tortugas

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by A-Div, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Planning to make the Key West to Dry Tortugas run this year. Could really use advice from some first-hand experience boaters in terms of communications (sat phone?), fuel consumption (have a 320 Dancer, twin 6.2 I/O), anything for which I should be particularly aware? Anchoring/mooring nuances? Thanks.
     
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  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Just being in open water I believe you should carry an epirb. Can’t help with your fuel numbers but watch the weather closely. The hardest part is deciding not to go. Set your parameters ahead of time for what is acceptable and what is not. For example, I won’t travel with 4+ ft wave heights or 20+knots of wind. Doing this ahead keeps you from making an emotional decision at the time.
     
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  3. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    Are you sure you have the range with reserve for a "rough seas" return if necessary? its 140 miles round trip plus any generator usage....My 300DA holds 170 gallons and generally gets 1mpg (can get as high as 1.2 with a lighter load and the right conditions) and I'm not sure I'd make the trip....I believe you carry 200 gallons, but I'm not sure of your fuel burn/cruising speed in a heavier 320 with 6.2s and I/Os......as noted above, get a PLB at the very least.......they can be had for about $200 - out of curiosity, when are you planning to make the trip?
     
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  4. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    There is a member here, I think it was @Hampton who did a long post a few years ago about making the trip with a 340 Dancer if I remember correctly.

    Did a quick search, didn't run onto it.

    That post had a tremendous amount of information about the trip in a similar boat. If I remember correctly they took extra fuel in 5 Gallon cans on the swim platform.

    Maybe someone can help us find that thread, would be worth reviewing.

    Mark
     
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  5. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
  6. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
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  7. 401Kation

    401Kation Another blow boater gone to the dark side... SILVER Sponsor

    34
    Oct 11, 2013
    Catawba Island, Oh
    1999 460 SunDancer
    VOLVO Diesels
    I did the trip a few years ago and found it interesting. The weather kicked up while we were there so we elected to stay a little longer than originally planned. Make sure you take plenty of extra food and drinks since there is nothing to be purchased except off the ferry boats. Great snorkeling in the area! We had huge grouper under our hull every day. Wish I could go back...
     
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  8. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Too bad all of the pictures don't show up...
     
  9. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Thanks for the info on the epirb - will do that. I think its good advice on the weather. Definitely not into taking unnecessary risk and will ensure I have an excellent weather window or otherwise just stay in Key West. Plenty to do there to occupy the time. :)
     
  10. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Thank you for that fuel information. It definitely helps. It sounds like I am on the margin, then, regarding fuel. I want to have a high probability of returning with 40 gallons MINIMUM for safety margin, so may have to look into a fuel bladder or a few 5 gallon cans.

    I want to go the second half of this year - I have flexibility so it will be on the basis of the seasonality of the area.
     
  11. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
  12. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Football - REALLY appreciate the help on this. I will hunt for it. Sounds like its exactly what I need.
     
  13. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Doug - thanks for this. I wasn't sure about the snorkeling so its great to hear its good. My wife will in the water a lot, then. Weather continues to be a factor with what I am hearing, so am going to spend a lot of time on that.
     
  14. 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've done this run several times in out 420AC.

    My suggestion would be to run to Key West first and overnight there. Head out the next morning with a full tank of fuel. With my 17 knot cruise speed it was less than 4 hours.

    Reverse the course coming back.

    We had great weather coming down but going back we got into some nasty summer storms. Thankfully we were able to duck into the ICW off Sanibel.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Yes, was planning to embark Key West direct to DT and back. I don't see how I could do it any other way with a 320, even with an extra 30 gallons fuel stored someplace/somehow.

    After these post replies, I am definitely going to do a dry run up and down the lower gulf coast to mimic the DT run and ensure I have my shit together on fuel requirement/optimization. Wasn't going to do that, but shame on me if I otherwise run out of fuel and weather goes to heck.
     
  16. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Also make sure you have seatow/boatus membership as a backup.
     
  17. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Just a reminder for trip planning ....while your fuel tanks total 200 galllons, only 190 gallons are usable. This should be shown in your Operators Manual.
     
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  18. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Have Sea Tow - hope I never meet them. Thanks.
     
  19. A-Div

    A-Div Member

    44
    Oct 22, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    320 Sundancer 2006
    Twin Merc 6.2 III I/O
    Thanks for the reminder - I remember reading that but may have forgotten by the time I got to the into the final calculations.
     
  20. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    495
    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler

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