Reward's Trip from Cape Coral to Chattanooga

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by carterchapman, May 7, 2017.

  1. 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
    If you are interested, here are the details of our trip moving our boat from Florida to Tennessee.

    Reward’s Trip – Cape Coral To Chattanooga
    9 Days/7 Running Days/1211 Miles/72 Engine Hours/87.2 Genny Hours/2860 Gallons of Fuel. Her MAN engines ran perfectly. Most cruising was done at 2000 RPM, which was 80% Load and 25 Kts. Speed would pick up to 26.5 kts as we burned fuel towards the end of each day.

    Day 1: 4/26/2017: Cape Coral-Clearwater-Panama City 320 Miles
    We departed at 0652 and arrived Clearwater at 1217. Beautiful, sunny day. Weather in the Gulf was forecast to go downhill 4/27, so we fueled and departed for Panama City. 5 footers in the Gulf, and 8+45 later at 2145 we arrived at Treasure Island Marina. The last three hours we got a few 6-7 footers. 14+ hour day – LONG! Our friends Frank and Fran Webster helped with weather advice and met us at the Treasure Island Fuel Dock at 2130. Gulf was 9 footers for the next week and a half. Glad we crossed when we did!
    15 Engine Hours/Genny 16.5 Hours/903.4 Gallons of Fuel

    Day 2: 4/27/2017 Panama City- Mobile 150 Miles
    Departed at 0830. Weather in the Gulf was 8-9 footers, so we ran the ICW to Mobile Bay and Dog River Marina. Windy, rainy day. Arrived at Dog River Marina at 1630.
    7 Engine Hours/9.7 Genny Hours/434.8 Gallons of Fuel

    Day 3: 4/28/2017 Mobile-Bobby’s Fish Camp 135 Miles
    1 Lock
    Departed at 0722. Gray overcast day. At MM 84.5 hit submerged log – damaged both props. Speed reduced to 8.5 Kts. Max RPM without vibration is 800. Arrived at Bobby’s Fish Camp at 1545.
    9 Engine Hours/10.8 Genny Hours/313.3 Gallons of fuel

    Day 4: 4/29/2017 Bobby’s-Demopolis 97 Miles
    1 Lock
    Departed Bobby’s at 0555 for the long day’s run to Demopolis at 8.5 Kts/800 RPM due to prop damage. Bobby’s is known for the best catfish in the southeast – It was terrible! And the highest fuel prices of the trip! We’ll be passing Bobby’s next time. Arrived at Demopolis at 1830.
    12 Engine Hours/13.1 Genny Hours/83 Gallons of Fuel – Running at 800 RPM, we almost got 1MPG!!

    Day 5: 4/30/2017 Demopolis – waiting for Monday Travellift availability. Heavy Thunderstorms, so a great day not to run!

    Day 6: 5/1/2017 Demopolis – Haulout for Prop change. No other damage. Finished at 1400, so we waited for tomorrow to run North. Weather was beautiful.
    1/Engine Hour/.8 Genny Hours

    Day 7: 5/2/2017 Demopolis-Midway 181 Miles.
    Departed at 0610. Perfect weather. Made great time. Arrived at 1640.
    7 Locks
    9 Engine Hours/11.5 Genny Hours/396.6 Gallons of Fuel

    Day 8: 5/3/2017 Midway-Wheeler State Park Marina
    118 Miles. Good weather.
    5 Locks
    Dead Genny Battery. Replaced with new AGM Battery – Departed at 0830. Two 2 hour waits at the Whitten Lock and Wilson Lock. Arrived at 2000. Weather forecast for heavy rain overnight. Marina lost power at 0400, so we ran the genny for the rest of the night.
    10 Engine Hours/12.1 Genny Hours/Fueled Day 9 at Goose Pond/250 Gallons

    Day 9: 5/4/2017 Wheeler State Park Marina-Chattanooga 195 Miles
    Departed at 0757 Cloudy, drizzle/rain
    3 Locks. Low clouds and rain all day.
    Guntersville Lock got us through in 15 Minutes! Trip Record!
    Arrived at Chickamauga 1900.
    9 Engine Hours/12.7 Genny Hours/480.2 Gallons of Fuel

    So, the totals again:
    9 Days/7 Running Days/1211 Miles/72 Engine Hours/87.2 Genny Hours/2860 Gallons of Fuel

    Longest Running Day: 320 Miles
    Shortest Running Day: 97 Miles
    And here she is in Lake Chickamauga at the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on 5/7/2017

    Chickamauga 5_7_2017.jpg
     
  2. fr8dog

    fr8dog Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    247
    May 25, 2012
    Florida
    460 Sundancer 2005
    Cummins 480 CE
    What a trip!! You made great time despite that damn log! Happy you and the Admiral are safely on the lake.
     
  3. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Excellent
     
  4. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    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
    Glad it went well. Sounds like the weather wasn't the best but you made it safely. Congrats and you have a beautiful boat!


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  5. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Nice write up glad your back home. Congrats again.
     
  6. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    One picture? That's it? One picture in 1200 miles?! SHEESH! ;-)
     
  7. 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.
    Carter, glad you made the trip safely. When you had to get hauled out, did you buy new props and trade yours in or just keep the old props to have repaired at some future date?

    Any AHA moments from the trip other than the 1nmpg when running at 800 rpm's? It's funny, when I tell people I can get about 1nmpg at low rpm's/low speed I don't think they believe that kind of fuel economy can be achieved with a boat this big.

    Yup, we need more photos. :grin:
     
  8. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Glad you are home safe. I was hoping to see you at/near Goose Pond but I never followed up on your float plan...My loss. We'll be at Erwin in Chattanooga in a few weeks....I may get to lay eyes on that beautiful boat then.
     
  9. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Great write up - enjoyed reading.

    Would second the request for more pictures if you have any to share.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  10. 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
    We look forward to being back with you in Cape Coral in Nov/Dec - hopefully with no more "sea stories"...just smooth cruising!
     
  11. 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
    Let us know when you will be there!

    carter dot chapman at comcast dot net
     
  12. 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
    We had spares onboard, so we hung those. Dropped the damaged ones off at Performance Propeller last Friday for repair. If this were to happen again, I may have to look for a second spare set!

    We normally got just under .5 mpg at 80% load/2000- 2050 RPM/25 - 26.5 kts (64 GPH). We had 2-3 kts of current working against us, so the trip back should be better economy...economy...now there's an oxymoron with boat ownership!!!
     
  13. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    The trip back is down hill without a NW headwind, isn't it?
     
  14. 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
    We had a lot of southerly headwinds until the front that came through on the next to the last day. Looking forward to going WITH the current on the river portion this fall!

    Thanks again for your help and advice Frank! It was good to see you and Fran in PCB.
     
  15. mquiet

    mquiet Member

    973
    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    That was a great write up and thanks for allowing us to feel like we were there. Enjoy the summer.


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