Month Long Cruise PCB - Key West - 340

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Hampton, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Well, it's been a huge fight to get here, but as of right now, the house is ready, the kids are taken care of, the boat is packed, and we're heading off this morning. This is the first time in my life that I've had 32 days off in a row.

    Had to beg C-map to send me my chip. Got it yesterday - it works.

    The pool pump motor failed the night before last. We were heading across town on a short cut and I happened by an electric motor place on an industrial roadway. I stopped in - they had the motor. Gave me 4 seals. His 3rd guess was the right one. Installed the motor well into the evening yesterday. I'm taking the other 3 back this morning (they were loaners).

    Went to dinner last night with a couple of boating buddies - a HUGE front blew through and swept the deck clean of all tables, chairs, and people! We ran for cover. Glass was breaking, raw oysters were flying through the air! It was great!

    Got home at 2200 (10). Finished preparing the salt water aquarium for a month without care except for food and water. Bed at midnight.

    Up at 0550. Finished aquarium. Packed fishing gear. Woke wife up. Time to go! I'll keep in touch in this thread.
     
  2. Aarrhh & Aarrhh

    Aarrhh & Aarrhh New Member

    426
    Nov 1, 2006
    Panama City FL
    1998 370 Sundancer,
    2004 110 Whaler
    Cat 3116 300hp
    Good luck and keep us posted with plenty of pictures!!!!! Wish we were going with you!!
     
  3. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
    Good luck.....:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  4. Chris R

    Chris R Member

    751
    Mar 17, 2008
    Bloomington, Il - formerly in Gig Harbor, WA
    In between boats, now. Former boat: 2008 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons w/V-drives
    Looking forward to your adventure!
     
  5. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Smooth sailing and calm seas. Looking forward to following your adventure. We want pictures every 4 hours. (And cool videos like Mike did)
     
  6. Two Peas

    Two Peas New Member

    914
    Jun 24, 2008
    Niagara River, ON
    360DA 2002, Raymarine C80, SR50 Weather, Radome, DSC, Baltik 9'6" with 6hp Tohatsu
    8.1 Horizons w/V-Drives
    Do you yell "Feet Wet" when you step on the dock?

    Have a great trip and safe journeys.
     
  7. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Sounds great, enjoy it......of course we will require lots of pics.
     
  8. wetpaint

    wetpaint New Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 2, 2007
    Cape Cod/Caribbean
    41 Lipari Catamaran
    2 x Volvo 30hp
    daily pictures and logs....i think we are all jealous....safe passages
     
  9. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    Have a Great Trip! Pictures and Logs would be nice. Have a great time, JC
     
  10. Leedhn

    Leedhn New Member

    38
    Feb 11, 2008
    Dothan, Al
    290 Sundancer
    5.0 wBravo III
    John, Have a great trip. You have a lot of jealous boaters on here wishing we were going as well.
     
  11. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Day 1 - Lesson 1: Do not leave the fresh water system pressurized (on) while underway - you can't hear the pump running. We blew a line off the hot water heater and drained the water out. It took almost 5 minutes to fix, and 10 minutes to add more water.

    We're in Carabelle, Fl. We had a BLAST at the marina pool with Scott and Rachel and 10 wayward kids with squirt guns (and beer).

    95 water miles. .80 mpg in mostly smooth waters, but very, very, very heavy. 4 hours. She really ran fast. Best mileage was at 3480 RPM when full of gas, and that yielded over 23 knots (27 mph) and 34 gph. Once some of the gas burned off, I pulled back to 3250 RPM, 29 gph, and down to 22 knots, 25 mph. No Wake zones saved a ton of gas.

    Jason - we stopped by your dock last night and this am - no signs.

    Pictures later tonight.
     
  12. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    Glad to hear its going well, can't wait to see the pics.

    Safe travels.
     
  13. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
    Day 1 - Lesson 1: Do not leave the fresh water system pressurized (on) while underway - you can't hear the pump running. We blew a line off the hot water heater and drained the water out. It took almost 5 minutes to fix, and 10 minutes to add more water.


    You cant leave the water pump on while underway??
     
  14. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
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    Friends come by boat to say "Bon Voyage!"

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    LOGS in the iCW! We slowed down for 1/2 hour:

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  15. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    I really wanted to go outside, but better judgement kept us in the ICW while it's avail. It was windy!

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    Apalach:

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  16. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    NUMS:

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    We're here!

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    Hot chick for my next 25 years:

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    Attack of the killer kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (some bite)

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    New Friends:

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    His and hers: I'd take hers, in blue:

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    A stogey and a drink, then the rain hit: Waiting for a ride to dinner.

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  17. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Sure you can, but like Frank W wrote 2 years ago - you get to learn the sounds of your boat. Under way, those kinds of sounds go away. If you need it - turn it on. When done, turn it off - save a pump.
     
  18. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    I know - you're just running from the oil slick!
     
  19. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
    GOT IT THANKS :thumbsup:
     
  20. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Running from it? Hell, I think we're making it!
     

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